ESD Leads Microbiome- to Watershed-Scale Study
Source: Susan Hubbard
The Department of Energy’s Office of Biological and Environmental Research has green-lighted a Berkeley Lab-led project that will develop a predictive understanding of how the genomic functions of subsurface microbiomes affect watershed-scale biogeochemical processes. The project, led by Earth Sciences Division Director Susan Hubbard, will receive $6.8 million a year over the next three years. It’s called Sustainable Systems Scientific Focus Area 2.0, and will involve 50 scientists from Berkeley Lab and other institutions including UC Berkeley, Pacific Northwest Lab, and Oak Ridge Lab. The cell-through-watershed scale project will quantify and develop approaches to simulate how global change affects microbially induced biogeochemical cycling in the subsurface, as is relevant to carbon cycling, contaminant mobility, and agricultural sustainability.
The Sustainable Systems SFA 2.0 project is a nine year science plan broken into three, three-year phases. Phase 1 of the project is slated for 2014-2016, and will begin upon receiving the official funding award. During this phase, a reactive transport simulation capability will be developed that will provide the framework for predicting metabolic and geochemical responses to moisture and oxygen perturbations, in the presence of vertical and lateral heterogeneity and gradients up to the floodplain scale.