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ESD Instrumental in California Well Stimulation Report

ESD made strong contributions to the first volume of an independent scientific assessment released by the CCST on well stimulation in California, including an assessment of hydraulic fracturing.


Apply for U.C. Global Food Initiative Grant

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.


Complex Soil Systems: An Energetic Exchange

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.”


LBNL-ESD Key Player in Hydraulic Fracturing Study

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.


Geothermal Team Applies New Approach

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.

Numerical Model Assesses Nevada Geothermal Area

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.

Optimized Geothermometry for Geothermal Exploration

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).

Integrated Solute Geothermometry

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 for the Bioenergy Technologies Incubator

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


Moridis on U.S. Methane Hydrate Advisory Committee

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.