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Earth Sciences Recognized for Use of HPC at Contaminated Sites

The Earth Sciences Division’s contributions to the Advanced Simulation Capability for Environmental Management — which marks the first attempt “to use high-performance computing uncertainty quantification to identify key controls at a contaminated site — was recently recognized in LANL’s Actinide Research Quarterly. More>

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Earth Sciences Talk Tomorrow on CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery

Bob Enick of the University of Pittsburgh will present a Distinguished Scientist seminar on “Improving CO2 Enhanced Oil Recovery with CO2-soluble Additives, with Possible Application to CO2 Sequestration.” The event begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. A Q&A session will follow Enick’s talk. More>

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Lab Ecologist Included in PBS Series on Food Production

The top six inches of soil are the most precious, yet least understood ecosystem on earth. Experts, including Gary Anderson of the Earth Sciences Division, discuss how to save this precious resource using such methods as large-scale composting, carbon farming, and the creation of “biochar.” More>

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Apply for a UC Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship

The fellowships will support research activity related to the UC Global Food Initiative. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible and expected to work in collaboration with Lab scientists. The fellowships are funded by the Office of the President, which is providing $7,500 to each campus for three fellowships. Applications are due Oct. 1. More>

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Berkeley Lab Convenes Complex Soil Systems Conference This Week

Several scientists from the Earth Sciences Division are co-chairing a Complex Soil Systems Conference, which is being held Sept. 3-5 at the David Brower Center in downtown Berkeley. Check the conference website for more information.

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Berkeley Lab a Key Player in Hydraulic Fracturing Study

The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) released an independent report reviewing well-stimulation technologies, including hydraulic fracturing, used in on-shore oil reservoirs in the state of California. The Lab, with help from the Pacific Institute, developed the report findings under the guidance of a steering committee of experts chartered by CCST. More>

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New Project is the ACME of Addressing Climate Change

High performance computing will be used to develop and apply the most complete climate and Earth system model to address challenging and demanding climate change issues. Eight national laboratories, including Berkeley Lab, are combining forces with the National Center for Atmospheric Research and others in the new effort. More>

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Fracking Research by Lab’s Stringfellow Featured in Newsweek

A new study of 190 commonly used compounds shows that toxicity information is available for only one-third of them, and some are toxic to mammals. Stringfellow says he and his team embarked on the review of fracking chemical databases on reporting websites to help resolve the debate over the drilling practice’s safety. More>

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Oklahoma Grapples With Earthquake Spike; Lab’s Majer Comments

[National Geographic] Oklahoma has experienced almost twice as many earthquakes as California and research has tied the spike to wastewater injection. Earth scientist Ernest Majer said injection wells rarely cause earthquakes and the oil and gas industry is as interested as scientists are to learn what conditions cause induced earthquakes and how to prevent them. More>

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Extreme Rain: Comparing Climate Models

Earth scientists Daniele Rosa and Bill Collins found that Global Climate Models (GCM) overestimate the incidence of middle rainfall events and underestimate the incidence of no, little, and heavy rainfall events, which can cause floods and landslides. More>

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