Today at Berkeley Lab

Fog Paper by Earth Scientist Travis O’Brien Featured in AGU Journal

Just in time for the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) Meeting in San Francisco this week, Travis O’Brien of the Earth Sciences Division was informed that a paper he co-authored has been featured on the cover of the weekly AGU journal Eos, Transactions of the AGU. More>

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Predicting Subsurface Processes: Genome to Watershed Scales

At the one-year anniversary of the DOE-BER-supported Genomes-to-Watershed SFA 2.0 project, the Earth Sciences Division recently released a video on its groundbreaking vision and plan. In this video, ESD Director Susan Hubbard presents an overview of the project and its mission. More>

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KQED’s QUEST Features Earth Scientist and NERSC User Jennifer Holm

Holm runs climate models at NERSC to study how forests are affected by climate change and the impact the future climate. QUEST recently filmed an interview with Holm about her work as part of a series on science careers. More>

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Lab Presence at Annual American Geophysical Union Conference

Lab scientists will speak on multiple research areas during the meeting, including climate-modeling challenges, projects on Arctic permafrost, increased lightning strikes, and subsurface fractures. The Earth Sciences Division is also hosting ‘Meet A Scientist’ sessions. The conference ends Dec. 19.

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Earth Sciences Division Explores Perils of Permafrost

A video and associated article appearing earlier this week as part of KQED Science’s Deep Look series describes how Berkeley Lab earth scientists are developing new geophysical approaches to investigating the Arctic subsurface and its impact on the future of Earth’s climate. More>

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Compounds Used for Fragrances Hold Promise for Biofuels

Earth scientist Harry Beller, director of JBEI’s Biofuels Pathways Department, led the refinement of an engineered strain of E.coli that can convert glucose into significant quantities of methyl ketones, a class of chemical compounds primarily used for fragrances and flavors, but promising as clean, green and renewable blending agents for diesel fuel. More>

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Two Berkeley Lab Scientists Named AAAS Fellows

Climate scientist Bill Collins (left) of the Earth Sciences Division and chemist Heinz Frei of the Physical Biosciences Division have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for 2014. Collins was recognized for “distinguished contributions to the field of climate science through fundamental research on interactions among sunlight, heat, the coupled climate system, and global environmental change.” Frei was recognized for “distinguished contributions to the understanding of photochemical reactions, and, in particular, for the advancement of robust catalysts for solar energy conversion.” More>

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New Model Shows Soil Will Relinquish Less Carbon to Atmosphere

Climate models probably overestimate the amount of carbon that will be released from soil into the atmosphere as temperatures rise, according to a new Lab model that explores the feedbacks between microbes, soil carbon, and climate change. The research could lead to more accurate predictions. More>

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Lightning Expected to Increase 50% With Global Warming

Berkeley Lab climate scientist David Romps and his colleagues looked at predictions of precipitation and cloud buoyancy in 11 different climate models and conclude that their combined effect will generate more frequent electrical discharges to the ground. More>

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Nov. 7 Earth Sciences Talk on Molecules, Hot Water, and Minerals

ESD’s Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series features Dimitri Sverjensky of Johns Hopkins University, who will speak on “Molecules, Hot Water and Minerals: Ingredients for the Origin of Life?” on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>

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