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Berkeley Lab, BIDS Take on Big Data

The world is currently generating data at a break-neck pace — about 2.5 quintillion bytes per day — and this trend is only accelerating. To make sense of this torrent of information, Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) has built an ecosystem of researchers to advance data-analytic methods and inquiry, develop and expand software and analytics tools, and share…

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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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Berkeley Lab scientists develop technique to better predict how plants in cold regions respond to warming

Credit: Wikimedia Commons Trevor Keenan, a scientist in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division, participated in a study with UC Berkeley researchers that was published August 20 in Nature Climate Change.  A link to the full story authored by Theresa Duque of Berkeley Lab is below. In recent decades, scientists have noted a surge in…

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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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Algorithm Provides Early Warning System for Tracking Groundwater Contamination

Groundwater contamination is increasingly recognized as a widespread environmental problem. The most important course of action often involves long-term monitoring. But what is the most cost-effective way to monitor when the contaminant plumes are large, complex, and long-term, or an unexpected event such as a storm could cause sudden changes in contaminant levels that may…

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Berkeley Lab Isotope Geochemists Study Isotopic Fractionation by Plants

            Isotope geochemists at Berkeley Lab are the first to establish the degree of Potassium (K) isotopic fractionation by plants. Isotopes are atoms of the same element that have a different number of neutrons. Scientists have just in the past decade begun studying for key nutrient elements (other than C,…

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EESA Operations Team Planned for Progress During Annual Retreat

The EESA Operations team held their annual retreat in Wang Hall on June 29.  The day featured team building exercises and breakout sessions focused on launching five key strategies in the form of Progressive Operations Projects (POPs) for the coming year. During an icebreaker designed to set the stage for their POPs breakout sessions, the…

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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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