Today at Berkeley Lab

Five Lab Researchers Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

Lab recipients include Nick Bouskill, Charlie Koven, and Neslihan Taş Baas of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Qiang Du of Engineering, and Mariam Kiran of the Energy Sciences Network (ESnet). Additionally, Lin Lin of the Computational Research Division and Eric Neuscamman of the Chemical Sciences Division received Early Career awards through UC Berkeley. More>

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EESA Develops New Approach to Restock California’s Groundwater

Earth & Environmental Sciences Area scientists are partnering with the Almond Board of California and UC Davis to test on-farm banking, a new approach that has the potential to manage groundwater more sustainably via almond orchards and vineyards. More>

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EESA Scientist Builds Cross-Border Collaborations for Geothermal Research

Earth & Environmental Sciences Area scientist Patrick Dobson spent two weeks in Mexico as a Fulbright Specialist in geothermal research. He met with researchers at the Center for Scientific Investigation and Higher Education in Ensenada (one of Mexico’s main hubs of geothermal research) to share knowledge and explore potential areas of collaboration. More>

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EESA, Biosciences Brief California Science Advisory Panel for Food and Agriculture

Earth & Environmental Sciences Area and Biosciences Area scientists recently shared their expertise with the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Science Advisory Panel. They briefed the panel on their research related to developing healthy soils, sustainable groundwater management strategies, and climate-adaptive agriculture. Read more here.

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EESA’s Hubbard, Torn, Named 2017 American Geophysical Union Fellows

The American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fellow program selects members who have made exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences. Susan Hubbard is being honored for her fundamental contributions to hydrology using new geophysical methods. Margaret Torn is being recognized for her groundbreaking research on soil carbon cycling.

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New Data Archive to Amplify Ecosystem Research Impact

As scientists move towards understanding earth systems at greater resolutions, access to needed data sets is critical. Yet much of these data are not archived, publicly available, or collected in a standardized format. With $3.6 million from DOE, Computing Sciences and the Earth & Environmental Sciences Areas are partnering on an archiving project. More>

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Berkeley Lab to Lead Multimillion-Dollar Geothermal Energy Project

Tim Kneafsey of the Energy Geosciences Division is the lead of a new $9 million project aimed at removing technical barriers to commercialization of enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), a clean energy technology with the potential to power 100 million American homes. Berkeley Lab will partner with seven other national labs to develop field experiments focused on understanding and modeling rock fractures. More>

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Earth & Environmental Sciences Area Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Earth & Environmental Sciences Area, previously known as the Earth Sciences Division, was established 40 years ago today. Its rich portfolio and strategic plan focus on a range of subsurface energy, climate and environment, and resiliency challenges. EESA is commemorating the anniversary today through a number of activities. More>

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Worldwide Review on Nuclear Waste Disposal Now Available

The “Fifth Worldwide Review on International Approaches for Nuclear Waste Disposal in Geological Formations: Geological Challenges in Radioactive Waste Isolation” summarizes state-of-the-art radioactive waste disposal approaches, with authors representing 23 countries. Safe disposal of spent nuclear fuel and high-level radioactive waste is a challenge faced by governments, energy companies, and scientists. More>

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What’s on Your Skin? Archaea, That’s What

It turns out your skin is crawling with single-celled microorganisms — and they’re not just bacteria. Hoi-Ying Holman, director of the Berkeley Synchrotron Infrared Structural Biology Program, collaborated on a study that found that the skin microbiome also contains archaea, a type of extreme-loving microbe, and that the amount of it varies with age. More>

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