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New Sensor Could Shake Up Earthquake Response Efforts

Last week’s massive southern California earthquakes shut down Ridgecrest Regional Hospital throughout the July 4 holiday weekend while the tiny town of Ridgecrest assessed the damages. A new optical sensor developed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) could speed up the time it takes to evaluate whether critical buildings like these are safe to occupy…

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To Pump or Not to Pump: New Tool Will Help Water Managers Make Smarter Decisions

Berkeley Lab scientists (from left) Deborah Agarwal, Juliane Mueller, Reetik Sahu, Bhavna Arora, and Charuleka Varadharajan are developing a computational tool for smarter groundwater management. (Credit: Marilyn Chung/Berkeley Lab) The overpumping of groundwater in California has led to near environmental catastrophe in some areas – land is sinking, seawater is intruding, and groundwater storage capacity…

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Scientists Hit Pay Dirt with New Microbial Research Technique

  Long ago, during the European Renaissance, Leonardo da Vinci wrote that we humans “know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot.” Five hundred years and innumerable technological and scientific advances later, his sentiment still holds true. But that could soon change. In a report published in Nature Communications, a…

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Workshop Explored Role of Data in Solving Hydrologic Problems

Zexuan Xu

A recent workshop held at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science focused on how to apply hydrologic transport data skills to real-world hydrologic problems. Zexuan Xu, an EESA postdoctoral fellow, coordinated the May event, “Critical Timescales of Hydrologic Transport.” Zexuan is currently working as part of a team of researchers studying ecosystem changes in a…

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EESA To Help Develop Seismic Risk Assessment Tool for Natural Gas Storage and Transmission Systems

On May 15, 2019, the California Energy Commission awarded a $4.9 million grant to a multi-institutional project team led by UC Berkeley’s Pacific Earthquake Engineering Center (PEER) to improve the seismic risk assessment of natural gas storage and pipeline infrastructure. As part of this project, Berkeley Lab’s Energy Geosciences Division will receive $1.084 million to…

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Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley Hold Berkeley Fire Research Workshop

Environmental scientists and engineers came together Thursday, May 9, at a workshop to share research taking place across Berkeley relevant to “Fire in the Environment.” The workshop covered a range of key topics, including the expected impact of climate change on future fires; wildfire as a natural part of California’s environment; and cutting-edge technologies that…

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