As part of the UC Global Food Initiative—a research project headed by ESD’s Geochemistry Department Head Peter Nico—three graduate students have been selected to receive $2,500 research fellowships.
ESD Climate Sciences Head Bill Collins was one of 401 Fellows for 2014 elected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS honored these scientists for their contributions to innovation, education, and scientific leadership. Collins was specifically recognized for “distinguished contributions to the field of climate science...
ESD climate scientists Jinyun Tang and Bill Riley have developed a climate model that quantifies interactions between soil microbes and their surroundings.
Using some of the most powerful supercomputers now available, a team of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) climate scientists headed by Michael Wehner (and including ESD Climate Science Head Bill Collins) was able to complete a run a high resolution global-climate-model simulation in just three months.
ESD’s David Romps recently led a team of climate scientists in looking at predictions of cloud buoyancy in 11 different climate models—the combined effect of which (they concluded) will generate more frequent lightning strikes.
ESD’s Dan Feldman and Bill Collins have identified a mechanism that could turn out to be a big contributor to warming in the Arctic region and melting sea ice—in the far infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum.
ESD’s Jie Niu helped to quantify water-budget components and storage changes for two of the largest watersheds in Michigan, using remotely sensed data and a process-based hydrologic model representing subsurface and land surface processes.
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.”