Today at Berkeley Lab

July 16 Workshop on Using Jupyter Computing to Analyze Water Data Quality

In a web tutorial this Monday, July 16, Lab scientists — in collaboration with Project Jupyter, UC Berkeley and Kitware, Inc. — will educate participants in the California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge about using Jupyter notebooks to map and analyze California water quality data. More>

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July 11 EESA Talk on Carbon Balance From Machine Learning

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area will host a Distinguished Scientist Seminar on Wednesday, July 11, at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. Philippe Ciais of the Laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l’Environnement will discuss “The Carbon Balance of Forests From Machine Learning Using Age and Climate.” More>

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Early Career LDRD: Woodburn Researches State’s Groundwater Supply

Erica Woodburn first fell in love with hydrogeology as an undergraduate majoring in geology. Today, she is a researcher in the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. Through funding from an Early Career Laboratory Directed Research and Development Award, she is developing a new modeling technique that employs remote sensing technology to understand the effects of climate change on California’s groundwater supply. More>

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Industry, University Collaboration Yields Innovative, Sustainable Water Treatment

Severn Trent, a private water company in the U.K., has joined forces with Cranfield University on research and development of innovative water treatment approaches. This kind of collaboration will become more important as populations increase and water shortages loom. In a recent Nature article, the Lab’s Peter Fiske says emerging economies are facing critical questions about water cycle sustainability. More>

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New Simulations Show Potential Impact of Major Quake by Building Location, Size

A team led by David McCallen from the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area has leveraged powerful supercomputing at NERSC to simulate ground motion at unprecedented resolution. Their work – part of DOE’s Exascale Computing Project – is important for showing how different seismic wave frequencies of ground motion affect structures of various sizes. More>

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EESA’s Lisa Alvarez-Cohen Named Vice Provost for Academic Planning

Lisa Alvarez-Cohen, a faculty scientist in the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, has been appointed UC Berkeley’s next vice provost for academic planning. Alvarez-Cohen currently holds the Fred and Claire Sauer Professorship in Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on the application of microbiological processes for the elimination of environmental contaminants. More>

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Charu Varadharajan to Speak at Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge Tomorrow

Charuleka Varadharajan — a research scientist in the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area whose research uses data to inform sustainable water resource management  — will speak on the plenary panel for the launch of the California Safe Drinking Water Data Challenge this Tuesday, June 26, at 9:30 a.m. at the Google Community Space in San Francisco. Register to attend here.

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New Tool Created at Geosciences Measurement Facility Advances Geothermal Research

A new instrument developed at the Geosciences Measurement Facility by Yves Guglielmi and Paul Cook will help researchers working to identify ways to improve enhanced geothermal systems technologies. Go here to watch a video on the new instrument.

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From Leaves to Clouds: Revealing How Trees’ Emissions Shape the Air Around Us

Gazing down upon the Amazon jungle from a 10-story-tall tower, some people may have just seen trees. But from his lofty perch, EESA researcher Kolby Jardine saw more — the forest’s complex ecological cycle. Starting from emissions put out by the leaves to the clouds high above, each component influences all of the others. More>

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Lab Researchers Create ‘Synthesizability Skyline’ for Novel Materials

Scientists can computationally predict all sorts of novel materials, but until now, they didn’t know if they could be synthesized. Researchers Muratahan Aykol, Shyam Dwaraknath, Wenhao Sun, and Kristin Persson have found a chemically sensitive, rigorous thermodynamic limit to determine when a material can’t be made, a discovery which could greatly accelerate innovation in batteries and other areas. More>

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