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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 from the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that plant nutrient uptake in the absence of photosynthesis affects greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere. In a…

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Accurate Calculations of Radiative Forcing by Carbon Dioxide Can Improve Climate Projections

This spring, the DOE unveiled a new climate model designed to achieve a number of mission priorities for the agency by not only predicting how climate will change over time–but also determining how those changes might burden the nation’s energy infrastructure. Experts from Berkeley Lab’s Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division co-led efforts to improve 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

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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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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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EESA Faculty Scientist Shares Forest Insights Relevant to Wildfires with California State Assembly

Jeff Chambers, faculty scientist within the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Berkeley Lab, provided testimony during a recent informational hearing of the California State Assembly focused on the impact of climate change on wildfire risk. Chambers was among a number of subject matter  experts called upon to share knowledge relevant to the lawmakers’ consideration…

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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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EESA Scientists Are First to Directly Measure Methane’s Increasing Greenhouse Effect at the Earth’s Surface

Scientists have directly measured the increasing greenhouse effect of methane at the Earth’s surface for the first time. A research team from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) tracked a rise in the warming effect of methane — one of the most important greenhouse gases for the Earth’s atmosphere — over a…

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UC Berkeley Undergraduate Student Is Key to Collaborative Project for EESA and NERSC

This past December the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union got off to a surprising start.  Amid rare freeze warnings and snowfall for areas in and around New Orleans, hundreds of the nearly 25,000 conference attendees expecting to escape wintry weather elsewhere were met with flight cancellations and delays. Another surprise came after UC…

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Berkeley Lab Researchers Use Remote Sensing Techniques to Assess Hurricane Impact on Trees

Building on methods they used to assess the impact of hurricanes such as Katrina, Gustav, and Rita on forests and tree mortality, scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have produced a rapid mapping of the disturbance intensity across Puerto Rico’s forests with the help of Google Earth Engine.

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