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.”
ESD scientists contributed greatly to a recent CCST report reviewing well-stimulation technologies, including hydraulic fracturing, used in on-shore oil reservoirs in California—to be used to inform BLM’s oil and gas policies in the state.
Three papers (Spycher et al., Peiffer et al., and Wanner et al.) by the same team of ESD geochemists are to appear in the July 2014 issue of Geothermics.
Christoph Wanner recently led a team of ESD scientists in developing a new reactive transport model of the Dixie Valley, Nevada, geothermal region, aiming to assess fluid flow pathways and fluid rock interaction processes at the site.
ESD’s Loic Peiffer recently led a team of ESD scientists in exploring a new geothermometry approach as a tool for inferring geothermal reservoir temperatures (the key in evaluating how productive a geothermal source could be).
Team of ESD geochemists revisits the mineral saturation index geothermometry method with the objective of simplifying its application and improving predictions of geothermal reservoir temperatures using numerical optimization.
FOA: DE-FOA-0000974 Bioenergy Technologies Incubator. FOA document download here. Submission Deadline for Concept Papers: 03/31/2014, Submission Deadline for Full Applications: 05/23/2014
ESD’s George Moridis was recently appointed by to serve a two-year term on the Energy Department’s Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee, which offers advice to the Energy Department regarding methane hydrate research and development.
ESD’s Pat Dobson was one of three speakers as part of the Congressional “Energy from the Earth Briefing Series”—talks intended for Congressional staff members to help inform Federal energy legislation.