New Simulations Break Down Potential Impact of a Major Quake by Building Location and Size

ABOVE: Images resulting from recent simulations at NERSC show the distribution of ground motion intensity across the San Francisco Bay Area region 10 and 15 seconds after a large-magnitude earthquake along the Hayward Fault. (Credit: Berkeley Lab)   With unprecedented resolution, scientists and engineers are simulating precisely how a large-magnitude earthquake along the Hayward Fault…

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Plants Really Do Feed Their Friends

  Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and UC Berkeley have discovered that as plants develop they craft their root microbiome, favoring microbes that consume very specific metabolites. Their study could help scientists identify ways to enhance the soil microbiome for improved carbon storage and plant productivity. “For more…

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Scientists Developing Smart Testbed to Help Improve Access to Important Environmental Data

EESA research scientists are working to establish integrated networks of multiple sensors capable of remote telemetry to help bring the data environmental scientists need to their desktops on a more timely basis and to improve data analysis.

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Berkeley Lab addresses California Water Resilience challenges with new major initiative

California drought--dried stream, grasses, June 2015

The Water Resilience Initiative aims to improve hydroclimate predictions of water distribution, and to develop new approaches for water generation and storage that provide resilience in an energy constrained and uncertain water future.

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Meet the UC GFI Fellows Class of 2016

Meet the three students who were selected for UC sponsored Global Food Initiative! This year’s UC GFI Fellows – Class of 2016 are mentored by 3 of our EESA scientists. Kripa Akila Jagannathan is a graduate student in UC Berkeley’s Energy and Resources Group and is a second year UC GFI Fellow. She will be…

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EESA Scientists Lead Lab’s Precision Urban Agriculture Initiative

The Precision Urban Agriculture Initiative (Urban Ag), led by Romy Chakraborty (an ecology scientist in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division), brings a team of scientists together from the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area and the Energy Technologies Area to look at addressing the intersection of two problems—the environmental damage caused by conventional agriculture and…

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