National Lab Day, explaining the role of U.S. National Labs to Congress, was held on September 16 in Washington. ESD contributed to a strong Berkeley Lab presence at this event, particularly with respect to climate and environmental issues.
The U.C. Global Food Initiative, extensively supported by ESD environmental and climate programs within Berkeley Lab, is inviting applications for a student fellowship opportunity. Applications are due October 1, 2014.
Eoin Brodie and Boris Faybishenko recently co-chaired the first Complex Soil Systems Conference in downtown Berkeley. This flagship conference, strove to develop “A Path to Improved Understanding of Complex Soil Systems.”
Bill Collins will serve as chief scientist for the ACME project, designed to accelerate the development and application of high performance computing to achieve the world’s most complete climate and Earth system modeling systems.
ESD’s Jinyun Tang received honorable mention for the Gene E. Likens Junior Scientist (early-career) Outstanding Publication award, for a paper that Tang recently wrote in collaboration with ESD colleague Bill Riley.
In a recent radio interview, ESD’s Travis O’Brien and other climate scientists discuss the importance of fog, with O’Brien calling for (and applauding the recent development of) more accurate fog forecasting within climate models.
Daniele Rosa and Bill Collins compared precipitation data from Southeastern U.S. rain-gauge measurements with GCMs, finding that GCMs overestimate the impact of medium rainfall while underestimating the impact of no, low, or heavy rain.
This past April, ESD climate scientists Jennifer Holm and Dipankar Dwivedi were part of a group of researchers across Berkeley Lab acting as mentors to 12 junior class members from Albany High School—as part of the school’s Job Shadow Day.
Last week, several ESD scientists participated in a live Hangout from above the Arctic Circle in Alaska and at Berkeley Lab.
Cristina Castanha and others quantified conifer seedling recruitment at Niwot Ridge, CO, to find whether local adaptation influenced forest ecosystem boundaries. Their results suggest that survival through the first few weeks is critical.