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06/30/2014

Prestigious AGU Award to Don DePaolo

Don DePaolo was selected as the 2014 AGU Harry Hess Medal winner for (among other things) his groundbreaking research on the geochemical structure of the Earth’s mantle using neodymium isotopes.

06/23/2014

New Funding for EFRC–NCGC

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.

06/18/2014

Distinguished Alumni Award to Susan Hubbard

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.

06/16/2014

Modeling How Fractures Develop

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.

05/21/2014

How Microbes Deal with Permafrost

In the May 12 (2014) issue of Nature Reviews Microbiology, Janet Jansson and Neslihan Tas explore the microbial ecology of permafrost, including some of the strategies microbes use to cope with frozen conditions, as well the influence of climate change.

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.

05/09/2014

Quinn Seeks Goals in Polo and Hydrology

Nigel Quinn integrates polo and hydrology into a busy life—leading the Lab’s Hydroecological Engineering Advanced Decision Support research group, and serving as a water resources expert and for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.