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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.

12/16/2014

O’Brien Fog Paper Featured in EOS

A paper that ESD Climate Scientist Travis O’Brien co-authored is featured on this week’s cover of the weekly AGU journal Eos, Transactions of the AGU—just in time for the AGU Meeting!

12/11/2014

Moridis on New Sensing Techniques in New Scientist

A recent New Scientist article on new hydrocarbon sensing capabilities being used in Australia quotes ESD’s Hydrocarbon Resources Program Head George Moridis, on just how and for what reason these techniques are being used.

12/03/2014

Methyl Ketones: From Fragrances to Biofuels

Harry Beller recently led the refinement of an engineered strain of E. coli that can convert glucose into significant quantities of methyl ketones, a promising source of clean, green, and renewable blending agents for diesel fuel.

11/17/2014

Microbes, Atmosphere in Climate Models

ESD climate scientists Jinyun Tang and Bill Riley have developed a climate model that quantifies interactions between soil microbes and their surroundings.

11/14/2014

Climate Models: Horizontal Resolution, Simulation Quality

Using some of the most powerful supercomputers now available, a team of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) climate scientists headed by Michael Wehner (and including ESD Climate Science Head Bill Collins) was able to complete a run a high resolution global-climate-model simulation in just three months.

Global Warming = More Lightning Strikes

ESD’s David Romps recently led a team of climate scientists in looking at predictions of cloud buoyancy in 11 different climate models—the combined effect of which (they concluded) will generate more frequent lightning strikes.

11/11/2014

Archaeome, Bacteriome in Biofilms

ESD’s Giovanni Birarda and others recently investigated the microbiome relatedness of subsurface biofilms within two sulfidic springs in Germany—the results of which provide insight into the dynamics of subsurface microbial life.

11/03/2014

Feldman, Collins, and Far IR Warming Sources

ESD’s Dan Feldman and Bill Collins have identified a mechanism that could turn out to be a big contributor to warming in the Arctic region and melting sea ice—in the far infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum.