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.
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.
ESD’s Phil Long and UC Berkeley professor Kai Vetter both offered reassuring words to those who are worried about local beaches accruing radioactive material as a result of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.
LBNL and JAEA reached an agreement to collaborate on developing “a methodology to evaluate the impact of geological disposal on the living environment (surface environment) and environmental safety science”
Jens Birkholzer has been named as the new ESD Division Deputy. As announced by ESD's Director Susan Hubbard, Jens will have an expanded role in developing a variety of subsurface energy related opportunities at Berkeley Lab.
Scientists have recently proposed a method by which nuclear waste could in the future be contained by injecting it into fracking boreholes. ESD hydrologist Jens Birkholzer comments on this possibility.
Using an analytical approach to study solute transport through a fracture in a permeable rock matrix, Jim Houseworth, Daisuke Asahina, and Jens Birkholzer generated a closed-form model that accounts for elusive fracture-matrix transport.
The Nuclear Energy University Program has just issued it's annual call for proposals; Funding Opportunity Announcement:DE-FOA-0000998
ESD Director Susan Hubbard was among 15 women scientists honored at Berkeley Lab, as part of a celebration of women science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workers researching ways to change the world for the better.
The Earth Sciences Division was recently awarded “LEED Platinum” status for its newly redesigned headquarters in Bld. 74—the first such award for any Berkeley Lab or DOE building within the Science Laboratory Infrastructure program.