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Seawater chemistry may have influenced the exchange of elements between oceans and Earth throughout history

New research from scientists within the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area at Berkeley Lab and others at UC Berkeley indicates that changes in the composition of seawater during the past 500 million years may have previously unrecognized effects on the composition of hydrothermal fluids flowing back into the oceans throughout millions of years. scientists may have previously overestimated the amount of weathering and erosion – the removal of material from land – needed from rivers to change the ocean’s composition over geologic time.

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New Environmental Resilience Initiative will be led by Haruko Wainwright

  Research scientist Haruko Wainwright has been selected to lead a new initiative named “Environmental Resilience” within the Energy Geosciences Division. EESA’s environmental resilience efforts will focus on the development and application of science-based methodologies to prepare for, respond to, and recover from environmental disasters that are broadly related to using the Earth’s subsurface for…

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Team gathered for annual meeting of watershed function project

  The Watershed Function Project held an annual retreat on November 9th, which included over 80 team members and collaborators assembled from 14 institutions. Through fast-paced presentations and breakout sessions, and with a focus on the East River Watershed in the Upper Colorado River Basin, the team discussed new insights about how mountainous watersheds respond…

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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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Mack Kennedy Receives GRCs’ Geothermal Special Achievement Award

Mack Kennedy received the Geothermal Special Achievement Award from the Geothermal Resource Council, one of the world’s preeminent geothermal associations, during its 41st Annual Meeting held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Kennedy was recognized for his outstanding contributions and dedication to developing the science and engineering needed for enhanced geothermal systems.

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Assessing Regional Earthquake Risk and Hazards in the Age of Exascale

Berkeley Lab researchers lead development of a workflow to accurately predict ground movement and its impact on structures The following story was authored by Linda Vu of Berkeley Lab Computing Sciences. The article describes the work of David McCallen, a guest senior scientist within  Earth and Environmental Sciences who currently leads the Critical Infrastructure Initiative for the…

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The Puzzle to Plugging the Worst Natural Gas Release in History

By the time Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) scientists Barry Freifeld and Curt Oldenburg visited the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in December 2015, the SS-25 well blowout had been leaking natural gas into the air for more than six weeks. The notoriously strong winds at Aliso Canyon carried the natural gas and its…

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Cool Roofs Have Water-Saving Benefits Too

The energy and climate benefits of cool roofs have been well established: By reflecting rather than absorbing the sun’s energy, light-colored roofs keep buildings, cities, and even the entire planet cooler. Now a new studyby the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has found that cool roofs can also save water by…

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