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19 posts from September 2013


IPCC: Climate Change Is Coming!

ESD's Bill Collins is part of a group of scientists (headed by LBNL's Michael Wehner) who find big changes in store for Earth's climate, in the latest IPCC report.


Rifle–A Community Site of Discovery and Accomplishment

The Rifle, Colorado, floodplain provides an excellent test bed for interrogating how global change affects biogeochemical system functioning. This work will be essential for the new BER-funded SFA 2.0, Phase I effort at Rifle.


Modeling Pore-Scale Geological Carbon Sequestration

The convergence of world class computational (NERSC) and characterization (ALS) resources has made it possible for ESD scientists Sergi Molins, Carl Steefel, Jonathan Ajo-Franklin, and Li Yang together with CRD scientist David Trebotich to develop and apply Next Generation pore scale reactive transport models to the problem of geological CO2 injection and sequestration in the subsurface.


Monitoring Change at Geysers with Radar

ESD geophysicist Don Vasco recently led a team of investigators (including ESD’s Jonny Rutqvist, Pat Dobson, and Curt Oldenburg) in resolving the deformation at The Geysers Geothermal Field, using two distinct sets of interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) data.


ARPA-E Funds Jansson’s Fuel Work

ARPA-E awarded ESD’s Christer Jansson a $3.5 M grant to work on direct methane conversion, a process that, if successful, could lead to low-cost, energy-efficient fuel production from natural gas.


KQED Interviews Torn About Carbon & Soil

ESD’s Margaret Torn is featured on the KQED Quest website, in an article by noted science writer Jennifer Huber entitled “The Great Escape: How Soil Microbes Protect Us from Carbon Emissions.”


Doughty Uses TOUGH To Trap CO2

ESD’s Christine Doughty has customized TOUGH to compare field measurements with simulations of subsurface CO2 plume migration, to determine just how much injected CO2 will stay trapped in an aquifer as bubbles within the porous media.


Global CO2 Flux Estimates Use Satellite Data

ESD climate scientists Margaret Torn and Sebastien Biraud were part of a team of investigators who earlier this year published one of the first estimates of CO2 surface-flux global distribution, using total column CO2 measurements retrieved from the Greenhouse gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT).


Model Reveals the Workings of Hotspot Volcanoes

ESD’s Barbara Romanowicz and others have detected previously unknown channels of slow-moving seismic waves in Earth’s upper mantle, which help explain “hotspot volcanoes” that give birth to island chains such as Hawaii and Tahiti.

Is Your Poster Worth $10,000?

ESD energy scientists seeking recognition and visibility for their work are invited to take part in a poster session as part of the Berkeley Energy and Resources Collaborative (BERC) Innovation Expo, Energy Week 2013 (“California at the Energy Crossroads”).