Climate Sciences Department

How Drought and Other Extremes Impact Water Pollution

This Q and A article appeared first on the Berkeley Lab News Center. Previously, the work of the Watershed Function SFA Research team was featured during a podcast for News Deeply. You can hear Bhavna Arora talk about her research here.   One in 10 Americans depends on the Colorado River for bathing and drinking.…

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EESA Climate Experts Show Methane’s Effects on Sunlight Vary by Region

Scientists investigating how human-induced increases in atmospheric methane also increase the amount of solar energy absorbed by that gas in our climate system have discovered that this absorption is 10 times stronger over desert regions such as the Sahara Desert and Arabian Peninsula than elsewhere on Earth, and nearly three times more powerful in the…

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Geosciences Measurement Facility Celebrates Its 45th Summer Field Season

Within the Department of Energy complex of national laboratories, the Geosciences Measurement Facility (GMF) at Berkeley Lab is distinguished by its ability to build, test, and deploy customized instrumentation and innovative data acquisition and telemetry solutions, which are enabling scientists to address some of the most critical Earth, energy and environmental challenges that we face.…

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CESD Expert Writes About the Dangers of Sluggish Tropical Cyclones for Nature Magazine

Climate Models

CESD research scientist Christina Patricola weighed in this summer on new research indicating a global slowdown in the rate at which tropical cyclones move over a region. Because the amount of tropical-cyclone-related rainfall that any local area might experience is inversely proportional to this translation speed, these findings could have important implications for regional rainfall…

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EESA Faculty Scientist David Romps Honored With AGU Award

David Romps has been honored by the American Geophysical Union, the world’s largest Earth and space science society, with a 2018 Ascent Award. He will receive the award at a ceremony during AGU’s 2018 Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C. Romps, a faculty scientist within EESA and assistant professor within the Department of Earth and Planetary…

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Three Amazing EESA Women Take Home Women @ The Lab Awards

     Romy Chakraborty, Ecology Department Head Sixteen women at various stages of their careers were honored for making extraordinary contributions to STEM and Operations here at Berkeley Lab at the third Women @ The Lab event on Monday, July 9. Hundreds of friends and colleagues cheered as each woman approached the stage in the B50…

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CESD research scientist Kolby Jardine Selected as Early Career Research Program Recipient

Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division scientist Kolby Jardine is one of six researchers selected by the Department of Energy to receive significant funding for research through its Early Career Research Program this year. The program, now in its ninth year, is designed to bolster the nation’s scientific workforce by providing support to exceptional researchers during the…

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EESA Faculty Scientist Tapped to Discuss Climate Change and Wildfire Risk Before California State Senate

Jeff Chambers, faculty scientist within the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Berkeley Lab, provided testimony relevant to the impact of climate change on wildfire risk. The subject was the focus of the first informational joint hearing of the California State Assembly Subcommittee on Resources and Transportation and the Joint Legislative Committee on Emergency Management. California…

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New High-Resolution Exascale Earth Modeling System for Energy

A new Earth System Model (ESM) unveiled today will have weather scale resolution and use advanced computers to simulate aspects of Earth’s variability and decadal changes expected to impact the U.S. energy sector in coming years. After four years of development, the Energy Exascale Earth System Model (E3SM) will be released to the broader scientific…

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Assessing the Impact of Hurricanes on Puerto Rico’s Forests

This map of Puerto Rico shows highest forest damage and tree mortality impact areas in with darker tones of red indicating more intense forest disturbance as tree mortality and crown damage. Grey areas represent non-forested areas or areas with cloud cover.   Building on methods they used to assess the impact of hurricanes such as…

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