Hydrogeology

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    Advanced Process Modeling

    Researchers are developing a quantitative understanding of the main physical and chemical processes that operate in geologic systems, and providing practically useful modeling tools for recovering, storing, and protecting subsurface fluid resources.

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  • Contaminant Hydrology

    Researchers are addressing the national and international need for subsurface contaminant characterization and remediation across a spectrum of approaches.

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  • Reservoir Engineering

    Researchers are studying ways to enhance production of energy from subsurface reservoirs containing methane gas hydrates, geothermal energy, and oil and gas resources.

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  • Imaging Our Earth’s Environment

    Concurrent X-ray CT imaging enables process quantification and visualization of the earth materials

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Hydrogeology has been an important component of Berkeley Lab’s former Earth Sciences Division (ESD) since its inception in 1977. Together with geophysics and geochemistry researchers, hydrogeologists addressed subsurface energy challenges at that time, which focused on geophysical characterization and numerical modeling of fracture flow, associated first with fundamental geosciences, geothermal energy exploration, and nuclear waste isolation and research activities heavily relied upon understanding flow and transport in the subsurface.

Today, the broad range of cutting-edge research continues in fundamental and applied hydrology. The Hydrogeology Department has expertise in theoretical, experimental, field, and modeling approaches in a variety of research areas, among which are advanced process modeling, reservoir engineering, vadose-zone and fracture hydrology, contaminant hydrology, and coupled nonisothermal, geochemical, and geomechanical processes. Our researchers address national needs in the areas of subsurface energy resources recovery, subsurface remediation, geological CO2 storage, and nuclear waste disposal, with a continued focus on mass and heat transport through porous and fractured earth materials under saturated and unsaturated conditions.

Currently, the majority of the Hydrogeology Department personnel support the Energy Geosciences Division.

Core Capabilities

Advanced Process Modeling arch image

Advanced Process Modeling

Hydrogeology Department researchers are developing a quantitative understanding of the main physical and chemical processes that operate in geologic systems, and providing practically useful modeling tools for recovering, storing, and protecting subsurface fluid resources.

Contaminant Hydrology

Hydrogeology Department researchers are addressing the national and international need for subsurface contaminant characterization and remediation across a spectrum of approaches—laboratory experiments, field tests, and theoretical and numerical investigations.

Coupled Processes

Hydrogeology Department researchers are addressing the complex field of coupled processes analysis through an integrated experimental and modeling effort, combining laboratory experiments and in situ tests, using advanced monitoring methods with sophisticated modeling analysis.

Reservoir Engineering

Hydrogeology Department researchers are studying ways to enhance production of energy from subsurface reservoirs containing methane gas hydrates, geothermal energy, and oil and gas resources.

Vadose-Zone and Fracture Hydrology

Hydrogeology Department researchers have made significant contributions to identifying the physical mechanisms, and developing modeling approaches and characterization/monitoring techniques, for flow and transport in fractures in both saturated and unsaturated systems.

Ahmad A. Abdul Majid

Guest Postdoctoral Fellow

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-4414
ahmadaamajid@lbl.gov

Motaz O. Abu Alsaud

Guest Student Assistant

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-6004

John A. Apps

Guest Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-5193
jaapps@lbl.gov

Sally M. Benson

Guest Senior Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-7419
smbenson@lbl.gov

John Henry Beyer

Guest Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-7419
jhbeyer@lbl.gov

Jens Birkholzer

Energy Geosciences Division Director

Senior Scientist

Hydrogeologist

Phone: 510-486-7134
Fax: 510-486-5686
jtbirkholzer@lbl.gov

Laura Blanco Martin

Project Scientist

Phone: 510-486-5456
lblancomartin@lbl.gov

Andrea Borgia

Project Scientist

Phone: 510-486-7945
aborgia@lbl.gov

Sharon E. Borglin

Principle Scientific Research Associate

Phone: 510-486-7515
seborglin@lbl.gov

Elizabeth Burton

Guest Program Manager

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-6696
eburton@lbl.gov

Xiaoyuan Cao

Guest Student Assistant

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-5502
xiaoyuancao@lbl.gov

Frederic Cappa

Project Scientist

Phone: 510-486-5432
fcappa@lbl.gov

Jiancong Chen

Guest Student Assistant

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-7057
jiancongchen@lbl.gov

Abdullah Cihan

Abdullah Cihan

Research Scientist

Phone: 510-495-2997
acihan@lbl.gov

William Dietrich

Senior Faculty Scientist

Phone: 510-642-2633
bill@eps.berkeley.edu

Christine Doughty

Staff Scientist

Phone: 510-486-6453
Fax: 510-486-5686
cadoughty@lbl.gov

Jingjing Fan

Guest Student Assistant

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-5748
jfan@lbl.gov

Boris A. Faybishenko

Staff Scientist

Phone: 510-486-4852
bafaybishenko@lbl.gov

Stefan Finsterle

Guest Scientist

Affiliate

safinsterle@lbl.gov

Barry M. Freifeld

Mechanical Engineer;

Hydrogeology Department Head

Phone: 510-486-4381
bmfreifeld@lbl.gov

Teamrat A. Ghezzehei

Guest Faculty

Affiliate

Phone: (209) 228-4711
taghezzehei@lbl.gov

Ana Gonzalez-Nicolas Alvarez

Scientific Engineering Associate

Phone: 510-495-2997
agonzaleznicolasalvarez@lbl.gov

Mengsu Hu

Geological Postdoc Fellow

Phone: 510-486-5154
mengsuhu@lbl.gov

Iraj Javandel

Guest Senior Scientist

Phone: 510-486-6106
Fax: 510-486-5686
ijavandel@lbl.gov

Pierre Jeanne

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Phone: 510-486-6261
pjeanne@lbl.gov

Preston Jordan Portrait

Preston D. Jordan

Principal Scientific Engineering Associate

Phone: 510-486-6774
pdjordan@lbl.gov

Yoojin Jung

Principal Scientific Engineering Associate

Phone: 510-486-7684
yoojinJung@lbl.gov

Kenzi Karasaki

Staff Scientist

Phone: 510-486-6759
kkarasaki@lbl.gov

Kunhwi Kim

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Phone: 510-486-6976
kunhwikim@lbl.gov

Yongman Kim

Senior Scientific Engineering Associate

Phone: 510-486-4566
ymkim@lbl.gov

Tim Kneafsey

Hydrocarbon Resources Program Head

Staff Scientist

Phone: 510-486-4414
Fax: 510-486-5686
tjkneafsey@lbl.gov

Carolyn Ann Koh

Guest Faculty

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-4414
cakoh@lbl.gov

Michael B. Kowalsky

Guest Scientist

Phone: 510-486-7314
Fax: 510-486-5686
mbkowalsky@lbl.gov

Sou Kumamoto

Guest Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-5205
skumamoto@lbl.gov

Adi Lavy

Guest Postdoctoral Fellow

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-6004
alavy@lbl.gov

Kyung Jae Lee

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Phone: 510-486-7033
kyungjaelee@lbl.gov

Yi Li

Guest Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-5748
yli4@lbl.gov

Hui-Hai Liu

Guest Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-6452
hhliu@lbl.gov

Yaning Liu

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Phone: 510-486-5592
Fax: 510-486-5686
yaningliu@lbl.gov

Hui Liu

Guest Graduate Student Research Assistant

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-7419
huiliu@lbl.gov

Robin D. Lopez

Research Associate

Phone: 510-776-1482
rdlopez@lbl.gov

Michael Manga

Faculty Scientist

Phone: (510) 643-8532
mmanga@lbl.gov

Alberto Mazzoldi

Guest Postdoctoral Fellow

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-7419
amazzoldi@lbl.gov

Frank McKenna

Guest Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-7661

George J. Moridis

Geological Senior Scientist

Phone: 510-486-4746
Fax: 510-486-5686
gjmoridis@lbl.gov

Larry R. Myer

Guest Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-6456
lrmyer@lbl.gov

Michelle Newcomer

Geological Postdoc Fellow

Phone: 510-486-7057
mnewcomer@lbl.gov

Curtis M. Oldenburg

Energy Resources Program Domain Lead
Geologic Carbon Sequestration Program Lead

Senior Scientist

Phone: 510-486-7419
Fax: 510-486-5686
cmoldenburg@lbl.gov

Lehua Pan

Research Scientist

Phone: 510-495-2360
Fax: 510-486-5686
lpan@lbl.gov

Karsten Pruess

Guest Senior Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-6732
Fax: 510-486-5686
k_pruess@lbl.gov

Alejandro Francisco Queiruga

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Phone: 510-486-5719
afqueiruga@lbl.gov

Clayton J. Radke

Faculty Scientist/Engineer

Phone: 510-642-5204
clradke@lbl.gov

Matthew T. Reagan

Research Scientist

Phone: 510-486-6517
Fax: 510-486-5686
mtreagan@lbl.gov

Antonio Pio Rinaldi

Project Scientist

Phone: 510-486-6525
aprinaldi@lbl.gov

Jonny Rutqvist

Senior Scientist

Phone: 510-486-5432
Fax: 510-486-5686
jrutqvist@lbl.gov

Franziska Schmidt

Guest Student Assistant

Affiliate

Phone: 510-495-2038
franziskaschmidt@lbl.gov

Mark I. Shvidler

Guest Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 415-771-5005
mshvidler@lbl.gov

Xiaoming Sun

Guest Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-495-2983
xiaomingsun@lbl.gov

Tetsu K. Tokunaga

Hydrogeochemical Research Lab

Senior Scientist

Phone: 510-486-7176
Fax: 510-486-5686
tktokunaga@lbl.gov

Chin-Fu Tsang

Guest Senior Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-710-7859
Fax: 510-486-5686
cftsang@lbl.gov

Yvonne Tsang

Yvonne T. Tsang

Guest Senior Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-7047
yttsang@lbl.gov

Haruko Murakami Wainwright

Research Scientist

Phone: 510-495-2038
Fax: 510-486-5686
hmwainwright@lbl.gov

Jiamin Wan

Staff Scientist

Phone: 510-486-6004
Fax: 510-486-7797
jwan@lbl.gov

Joseph (Joe) S. Wang

Guest Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-6753
Fax: 510-486-5686
jswang@lbl.gov

Yu-Shu Wu

Guest Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-4414
yswu@lbl.gov

Tianfu Xu

Guest Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-7057
Fax: 510-486-5686
tianfu_xu@lbl.gov

Hao Xu

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Phone: 979-777-9511
haoxu@lbl.gov

Guoxiang Zhang

Guest Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-6452
gxzhang@lbl.gov

Keni Zhang

Project Scientist

Phone: 510-486-7312
Fax: 510-486-5686
kzhang@lbl.gov

Yingqi Zhang

Research Scientist

Phone: 510-495-2983
Fax: 510-486-5686
yqzhang@lbl.gov

Weihong Zhang

Guest Faculty

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-5748
weihongzhang@lbl.gov

Liange Zheng

Research Scientist

Phone: 510-486-5502
Fax: 510-486-5686
lzheng@lbl.gov

Quanlin Zhou

Staff Scientist

Phone: 510-486-5748
Fax: 510-486-5686
qzhou@lbl.gov

Robert W. Zimmerman

Guest Senior Scientist

Affiliate

Phone: 510-486-5432
rwzimmerman@lbl.gov