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.”
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.