Today at Berkeley Lab

New Project to Keep California’s Natural Gas System Safe

The massive natural gas leak at Aliso Canyon shined a light on California’s aging natural gas infrastructure. And five years of extreme drought also exacted its toll on transmission pipelines. Now EESA’s Yingqi Zhang and Jonny Rutqvist will lead projects to improve the system’s safety and reliability, thanks to $4.6 million in grants from the California Energy Commission. More>

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June 21 Earth Sciences Talk on Stormwater

On Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium, the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area will host Andrew Fisher of UC Santa Cruz. Fisher will discuss “Mapping, Modeling, Measuring and Monetizing Enhanced Groundwater Recharge with Stormwater.” More>

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Defrosting the World’s Freezer: Thawing Permafrost

DOE Office of Science researchers are visiting remote locations to study how permafrost thaws, which is essential for more accurately modeling terrestrial ecosystems and climate. Scientists studying this phenomenon include Charlie Koven and Jizhong Zhou of the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. More>

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Networking, Collaboration at Recent Forum on China and the Environment

Over 100 scholars from more than 50 different universities and institutions recently gathered at UC Berkeley for the fourth annual Chinese Environmental Scholars Forum, an event supported by the Lab’s Environmental & Earth Sciences Area (EESA) and the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center for Water Energy Technologies. More>

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EESA’s Sarick Matzen Participates in UC Agriculture Tour, Global Food Initiative

Sarick Matzen of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area recently joined fellow University of California Global Food Initiative awardees in a tour of the San Joaquin region to learn more about food production. Matzen is researching the removal of arsenic from soil using ferns. More>

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A Welcome Challenge: Taking on D&I in EESA

Tackling the issues of diversity and inclusion can be a daunting task for any workforce. But for Marilyn Saarni and Travis O’Brien, the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area’s first-ever Diversity & Inclusion Council representatives, it was a welcome challenge. As their term comes to an end, they reflect on their accomplishments, and ways to move forward in the years ahead. More>

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Lab Researchers Share Solutions for a Sustainable Future

Making fuel from sunlight, increasing the resiliency of urban waterfronts, and developing low-cost batteries for energy storage are among the efforts by UC Berkeley and Berkeley Lab researchers to create solutions for energy efficiency, sustainability, and the environment. Those three endeavors were just a few of the projects presented earlier this month at the Cal Future Forum. More>

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Organic Carbon Can Resist Breakdown in Underground Environments

A new study reveals that organic matter whose breakdown would yield only minimal energy for hungry microorganisms preferentially builds up in floodplains, illuminating a new mechanism of carbon sequestration. Berkeley Lab contributed to this research. More>

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Jonathan Ajo-Franklin Named New Geophysics Department Head

Ajo-Franklin will lead the department, housed within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, effective June 15. His research focuses on using geophysical techniques to understand dynamic alterations in subsurface properties of relevance to the environmental and energy sectors. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford and was an MIT postdoc before joining the Lab. More>

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Earth Sciences Talk on Drylands

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area will host a Distinguished Scientist Seminar on Friday, May 5, at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. UC Berkeley professor Paolo D’Odorico will discuss “Ongoing Vegetation Changes in Drylands.” More>

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