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The Grand Challenge

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Transform capabilities to quantify, predict, and improve water availability and quality at scale in response to a range of gradual and abrupt perturbations and complex constraints.

Why Berkeley Lab?

Berkeley Lab is building a scientific foundation to guide resilient water management strategies for an energy-constrained and uncertain climate future. Through our foundational projects, we are developing scalable approaches to simulate hydroclimate perturbations and their influences on watershed dynamics, novel techniques for storing water ‘at scale’ in the subsurface, and new approaches for the treatment of unconventional water sources for purposed reuse. Our water science is underpinned by Berkeley Lab’s proven capabilities in collecting environmental ‘big data’ and developing analytical tools to extract knowledge from diverse environmental datasets, which can be used by decision-makers dealing with difficult water challenges in their regions.

Four Strategic Research Objectives

  1. Predict how future hydroclimate forcings and complex environmental interactions within watersheds contribute to cumulative downgradient discharges of water, nutrients and contaminants
  2. Develop a water science knowledge-base that offers new analytical tools for decision-making
  3. Advance the scientific underpinning of new water management and treatment techniques
  4. Demonstrate the ability to scale developed approaches for application in natural and intensively managed water systems

Selected Projects and EESA Programs

Almond Board of California Groundwater Recharge Project
Advanced Scientific Computing for Environmental Management
Basic Energy Sciences (BES) Geochemistry (EESA Program)
Brine Extraction Storage Test (BEST) Project
Clean Energy Research Center for Water-Energy Technologies (CERC-WET)
Earth Systems and Society (EESA Program Domain)
Environmental Remediation and Water Resources (EESA Program)
Hydraulic Fracturing Water Impacts
Hyporheic Zone Process Control on Riverbank Infiltration
Fukushima Research Projects
Interoperable Design of Extreme-scale Application Software (IDEAS)
Resilient Energy, Water and Infrastructure (EESA Program Domain)
Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area
Water Recharge at Scale
Water Resiliency for California Disadvantaged Communities

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