ESD’s Ulisses Nunes Da Rocha, Nick Bouskill, and Eoin Brodie are part of a cross-LBNL-divisional team analyzing soil crusts made of long-dormant cyanobacteria that become activated by rainfall, then resume dormancy when the rainfall stops.
As noted in both the L.A. Times and N.Y. Times, ESD’s Christer Jansson hopes to establish tobacco as a platform for production of hydrocarbon fuel that is practically ready to use as a drop-in substitute for petroleum fuels.
ESD’s Charles Koven introduces us to his predictive climate maps, asking us to visualize what will happen by calculating climate analogs (how similar climates are to each other) and how these analogs will shift with global warming.
A team of investigators including ESD’s John Peterson and ESD Division Director Susan Hubbard recently tested soil desiccation as a potential vadose zone remediation technology.
Permafrost-zone soils contain about 1700 Pg C, and recent research has focused on investigating the potential vulnerability of this carbon to mineralization under climate warming At high latitudes, changes in soil moisture could alter soil temperatures independently of air temperature changes.
A group of ESD investigators led by Jonny Rutqvist recently conducted numerical simulation studies to assess the potential for injection-induced fault reactivation and notable seismic events associated with shale-gas hydraulic fracturing operations.
Ralstonia eutropha is a chemolithoautotrophic bacterium able to grow with organic substrates or H2 and CO2 under aerobic conditions.
The large storage volume needed for geologic carbon storage to be effective requires injection into pore space saturated with saline water in reservoir strata overlain by cap rock.
Convective self-aggregation refers to a phenomenon in cloud-resolving simulations wherein the atmosphere spontaneously develops a circulation with a convecting moist patch and a nonconvecting dry patch.
The phases and stability of ferric iron products formed early during neutralization of acid mine drainage waters remain largely unknown.