Energy Geosciences Division

Robert J. Budnitz elected to National Academy of Engineering

Robert J. Budnitz portrait. Cr. Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab., XBD201408-01063-02.tiff

The National Academy of Engineering has elected EESA’s Bob Budnitz as a new member in recognition of his contributions to seismic probabilistic risk assessments and their application to nuclear power facilities. He joins Berkeley Lab researchers Gerbrand Ceder (MSD) and Katherine Yelick (CS) for this honor. Read more…

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New Hydrocarbon Resources Program Lead: Tim Kneafsey

On February 1, 2017, Tim Kneafsey will assume the position of Program Lead for the Hydrocarbon Resources Program at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Tim will be responsible for strategic development, identification, dissemination, and coordination of funding opportunities related to hydrocarbon resources (DOE and work-for-others opportunities), and for serving as point of contact and spokesperson for this…

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Spring Thaw in the Arctic Generates Pulses of CO2 and CH4 Emissions

Extracting soil core on the Arctic tunda

Little is known about the spring thaws of the frozen Arctic tundra in May that generate large pulses of greenhouse gases—how large are these emissions? What are the mechanisms? “We can see the effects of climate change happening more rapidly in the Arctic than in any other part of world,” said Berkeley Lab/EESA scientist Naama Raz-Yaseef. “So…

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LBNL Director’s Awards 2016

The Director’s Awards program recognizes significant achievements of Berkeley Lab employees. Each year, these awards are given for accomplishments, leadership, collaboration, multi-disciplinary science, cross-divisional projects, and commitment to excellence in support of the Lab’s mission and strategic goals. The 2016 recipients of the Director’s Achievement Awards were recognized this month. To see a complete list…

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EESA Unveils Its 10-Year Research Strategy

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) recently held a townhall (Oct. 31) to preview the upcoming release of its 10-year strategic plan. Deputy Director Horst Simon, as well as Directors from other Lab Areas, joined the full house. Five Grand Challenges have been identified to drive EESA’s research over the coming decade: Earth’s Microbial…

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Short Courses on TOUGH Starts Next Week!

Animation of TOUGH simulation

TOUGH is a suite of codes developed at LBNL for numerical simulation of multi-phase, multi-component fluid flow, heat flow, transport, reactive geochemistry, and geomechanics in porous and fractured geologic media. We offer these short courses to individuals who are interested in learning how to use the codes. The courses contain both lectures and hands-on experience in building and applying numerical models for simple problems.

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Underground Science with kISMET


Berkeley Lab is leading a SubTER project, called kISMET to develop an underground observatory and to conduct integrated experiments and geophysical imaging and focus on investigating stress measurement and fracture stimulation with borehole monitoring to characterize relations between stress, induced fractures, and rock fabric

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