Today at Berkeley Lab

Launching an Accessible Archive of Environmental Data

A new archive, called Environmental Systems Science Data Infrastructure for a Virtual Ecosystem (ESS-DIVE), preserves, expands access to, and improves usability of data from DOE’s research in terrestrial and subsurface environments. The ESS-DIVE team consists of computer scientists, environmental scientists, and digital librarians from Berkeley Lab and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. More>

EESA’s Robin Lopez Sparks STEM Curiosity in Berkeley Community Fund Scholars

Robin Lopez (left) of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area recently participated in a career panel for Berkeley Community Fund scholars, speaking about his career path to Berkeley Lab and fielding questions from students. The fund’s College Success Manager said, “Robin was an incredible panelist … experiences like these can be transformative, and we are so grateful that Berkeley Lab helped us find the perfect person to inspire our students.”

Sierra Snowpack Could Drop Significantly by End of Century

A future warmer world will almost certainly feature a decline in fresh water from the Sierra Nevada mountain snowpack. Now a new study by Berkeley Lab that analyzed the headwater regions of California’s 10 major reservoirs, representing nearly half of the state’s surface storage, found on average a 79 percent drop in peak snowpack water volume by 2100. More>

EESA Highlights Lab Research at AGU 2018 Conference

With nearly 25,000 attendees, the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union — which begins Monday, Dec. 10 in Washington, D.C. — is the largest earth and space science meeting in the world. Earth and Environmental Sciences Area scientists will be involved in more than 300 presentations, and 32 of our experts will be presenting invited talks. More>

Dec. 6 EESA Talk on Nuclear Waste Disposal

On Thursday, Dec. 6 at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium, the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area will host a Distinguished Scientist Seminar featuring Christophe Tournassat of the French Geological Survey. Tournassat will discuss “Advances in Understanding of Geochemical Processes for Nuclear Waste Disposal.” More>

EESA Researchers Examine Greenhouse Gas Flux In Arctic Tundra

As part of the Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment – Arctic (NGEE-Arctic) project, Earth and Environmental Sciences Area scientists are studying the effects of climate change on ecosystem processes. A team led by research scientist Bhavna Arora recently looked at how environmental factors such as soil temperature or snowmelt influence carbon dioxide and methane flux at a research site near Barrow, Alaska. More>

Climate Simulations Project Wetter, Windier Hurricanes

New supercomputer simulations by climate scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have shown that climate change intensified the amount of rainfall in recent hurricanes such as Katrina, Irma, and Maria by 5 to 10 percent. They further found that if those hurricanes were to occur in a future world that is warmer than present, those storms would have even more rainfall and stronger winds. More>

Mexico City Mayor-Elect Claudia Sheinbaum Visits Lab

Mexico City Mayor-elect Claudia Sheinbaum visited the Lab on Nov. 9 as part of a Bay Area visit to learn about electric transportation and waste recycling. Sheinbaum conducted research at the Lab from 1991 to 1994, analyzing energy consumption in Mexico and other industrialized countries. She attended presentations by the Energy Technologies and Earth and Environmental Sciences Areas, as well as the Lab’s Mexico Energy Initiative. More>

Improving Climate Models to Account for Plant Behavior Yields ‘Goodish’ News

Climate scientists have not been properly accounting for what plants do at night, and that, it turns out, is a mistake. A new study led by the Lab’s William Riley of the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area has found that plant nutrient uptake in the absence of photosynthesis affects greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. More>

Oct. 26 EESA Talk on Variations and Healing of Seismic Velocity

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area will host a Distinguished Scientist Seminar featuring Roel Snieder of the Colorado School of Mines, who will discuss “Variations and Healing of Seismic Velocity.” The talk takes place on Friday, Oct. 26, at 10:30 a.m. in the Building 66 Auditorium. More>