ESD’s Jie Niu helped to quantify water-budget components and storage changes for two of the largest watersheds in Michigan, using remotely sensed data and a process-based hydrologic model representing subsurface and land surface processes.
Website Teaser: Ken Williams and Phil Long were part of a team that recently compared two types of organic-rich sediments to better understand uranium release mechanisms at contaminated sites.
ESD’s Harry Beller, Peter Nico, and colleagues studied chromate bioremediation and found that the bulk redox status and biogeochemical regime do not necessarily control the final product of Cr(VI) reduction.
ESD’s Javier Ceja-Navarro and others have characterized the gut microbiome of a wood-feeding beetle native to the eastern US, finding in its gut a metabolic capability permitting both aerobic and anaerobic activity, as well as N2 fixation.
Daniele Rosa and Bill Collins compared precipitation data from Southeastern U.S. rain-gauge measurements with GCMs, finding that GCMs overestimate the impact of medium rainfall while underestimating the impact of no, low, or heavy rain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).