ESD’s contributions to ASCEM— which marks the first attempt “to use high-performance computing uncertainty quantification to identify key controls at a contaminated site” –was recently recognized in LANL’s Actinide Research Quarterly.
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.”
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.
ESD’s Ernie Majer is one of several scientists interviewed in a recent National Geographic article about the spike in earthquakes in Oklahoma, and its potential connection to oil and gas wastewater disposal.
Having been selected for a new round of EFRC funding, NCGC is focused on producing robust predictive models for subsurface carbon dioxide trapping processes across scales.
ESD Division Director Susan Hubbard has been elected as a 2014 member to the University of California Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department Academy of Distinguished Alumni.
Daisuke Asahina led development of a modeling approach for studying hydromechanical coupled processes within geological formations. Model simulations showed good agreement with two independent studies of hydromechanical coupling.
Commenting on an article in BBC News Science and Environment this past week, ESD’s and UC Berkeley’s Michael Manga suggests that the key to life on ancient Mars would be the existence of liquid water.