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04/17/2015

Good IDEAS on Virtual Terrestrial Ecosystems

ESD’s Carl Steefel, Eoin Brodie, and Charlie Koven, among others, collectively sought ways of applying new scientific computing capabilities to studies of Earth’s subsurface. The result was IDEAS.

04/13/2015

Williams featured in DOE JGI's collaborating science videos on Genomes-to-Watershed SFA

ESD’s Ken Williams, recently featured in DOE JGI's collaborating science videos, describes the Genomes-to-Watershed Scientific Focus Area research activities at the Rifle, Colorado.

03/30/2015

Simulating the Impact of Shale Gas on Groundwater

A team of ESD scientists used numerical simulation to investigate potential gas and water transport between a tight-gas reservoir and an overlying fresh-water aquifer following hydraulic fracturing operations.

Holm Paper Receives DOE Recognition

ESD’s Jennifer Holm and others recently published a paper (in Biogeosciences) that was noted in a post this week (March 25) on the home page of the DOE Office of Science website.

03/18/2015

Magnitude of Permafrost Carbon−Climate Feedback

ESD climate scientists Charlie Koven and Bill Riley have recently developed the mechanistic basis for permafrost carbon-climate feedback within a land surface model, CLM4.5, the terrestrial component of the CESM Earth system model.

03/09/2015

Highly Reactive Light-Dependent Amazonian Monoterpenes

Climate scientists including ESD’s Kolby Jardine and Jeff Chambers recently discovered highly reactive monoterpenes, light-dependent emissions from tropical leaves that assist photosynthesis in times of environmental stress.

03/06/2015

Why Do Geysers Erupt? Plumbing!

A scientific team led by ESD’s Michael Manga has gained striking new insights into the basic mechanics of geysers by placing surveillance cameras inside them and building a model of their plumbing.

02/27/2015

Banfield Team Finds Ultra-Small Bacteria

ESD’s Jillian Banfield recently led a team of scientists in capturing images of ultra-small bacteria that are believed to be about as small as life can get.

02/26/2015

Observing CO2 Effects at Earth’s Surface

ESD’s Dan Feldman, Bill Collins, and Margaret Torn recently observed carbon dioxide’s greenhouse effect at the Earth’s surface for the first time. Their work was published online this past week in Nature.

01/21/2015

Torok Screens Plants for Natural Products

A team of Earth scientists including ESD’s Tamas Torok demonstrated that in vitro biodiversity is sufficiently broad enough to be used for natural plant product screening—as an alternative to intact plants.