Environmental Remediation & Water Resources Program

Panel Discussion on Lab’s Water Technology Research Jan. 10

East River watershed, Colorado CA

On Jan. 10 at noon in the Building 50 auditorium, five Lab scientists will discuss innovative solutions to improving the reliability, efficiency, and sustainability of water-energy systems in California and the nation. The event, “Big Ideas in Water Technology Research,” will be moderated by Peter Fiske, director of Berkeley Lab’s Water-Energy Resilience Research Institute, which…

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EESA Research Scientist Helps Describe Fukushima Restoration

UC Berkeley Center for Japanese Studies and the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area at Berkeley Lab hosted a public event regarding the recovery and future in the Fukushima region after the nuclear accident. The event was held on Monday, October 30 at the David Brower Center on UC Berkeley’s campus. Research scientist Haruko Wainwright of EESA’s Climate Sciences…

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Novel Monitoring Strategy Uncovers New Insights to Arctic Ecosystems

Earth & Environmental Sciences Area/Lawrence Berkeley Lab’s Baptiste Dafflon (right) and Craig Ulrich (left) make soil moisture measurements with a TDR and active layer depths with a tile probe.

Researchers in Berkeley Lab’s Environmental & Earth Sciences Area (EESA) have led the development of a new approach for monitoring terrestrial ecosystems, and have used the system to discover new insights about how processes in different compartments of an Arctic Tundra ecosystem interact over space and time.

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The Art of Studying—and Sharing—Snowmelt Science in a Mountain Watershed

As an ecologist working with the Environmental & Earth Science Area’s Watershed Scientific Focus Area (SFA), Heidi Steltzer and her research assistant, Chelsea Wilmer, spend a lot of time conducting fieldwork in the picturesque Colorado mountains. Now, as she’s studying snowmelt and its effects on plant growth in Crested Butte, Colorado, Steltzer is bringing the SFA’s science to a much wider audience.

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New Technology Helps Pinpoint Sources of Water Contamination

Using the award-winning PhyloChip, a credit card-sized device that can detect the presence of more than 60,000 species of bacteria and archaea, a new method was found that was more sensitive than conventional methods at assessing health risks of microbially contaminated water.

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Berkeley Lab to Lead the Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area

East River, Colorado

Berkeley Lab will lead the Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area (SFA) to quantify how perturbations to mountainous watershed—floods, drought, fire and early snowmelt—impact the downstream delivery of water, nutrients, carbon, and metals. Researchers will observe and model watershed response to perturbations over seasonal to decadal timeframes, and from genome to watershed scales. The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of…

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Using SFA 2.0 case studies and ASCEM tools and methods to aid international remediation efforts for uranium mining sites

At IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria, Boris Faybishenko (Earth & Environmental Sciences, LBNL) participated in a July 2015 workshop on preparation of an IAEA Technical Report on Remediation of Groundwater and Acid and Metalliferous Drainage (AMD) at Uranium Mining Sites. Boris, who is an IAEA Technical Expert, and colleagues from Australia, Canada, USA and Czech Republic, will…

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