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EESA Participates in Expert Briefing on Environmental Impact of Wildfires at State Capitol

Susan Hubbard, Associate Laboratory Director of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area at Berkeley Lab, moderated an expert briefing on the impact California wildfires were having on the environment at the state capitol in Sacramento today. The event is the latest in a series of briefings hosted by the California Council on Science & Technology…

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EESA Identifies Potential Power of Climate Model Diagnostic Tool To Improve Global Extreme Storm Predictions

  By adapting scaling formulas that are traditionally used to diagnose the overall behavior of extreme rainfall events in a warming climate, atmospheric scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Irvine have demonstrated that the potential exists for these formulas to capture the dynamics of individual rainstorms globally. Heavy rainstorms that can cause floods,…

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NGEE-Tropics and AmeriFlux Teams Work to Help Advance Brazilian Flux Network

EESA scientists who represent the Next-Generation Ecosystem Experiments–Tropics (NGEE-Tropics) and AmeriFlux Management Project (AMP) teams recently convened the first joint international meeting to advance current plans for a Brazilian Flux Network. The workshop, “Brazilian Flux Networks Collaboration Workshop,” was held February 11-12 in Manaus, Brazil. A network of carbon flux stations for Brazil–the fifth largest…

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New EESA Research Questions Widely Accepted Anvil-Cloud Feedback On Global Warming

  Anvil clouds are more than the beautiful giant umbrella shape for which they are known. Although they play a large role in Earth’s radiation balance, their effect on global warming is uncertain. New research from atmospheric scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley calls into question a conventional theory that these clouds…

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Team Finds Finds Climate Warming Accelerates Tallgrass Prairie Biodiversity

  A Berkeley Lab adjunct senior scientist, Jizhong Zhou, led a team of researchers at University of Oklahoma in a study of climate warming’s impact on an Oklahoma tallgrass prairie. The study has implications for understanding and predicting ecological consequences of climate change and ecosystem management strategies. Results are published in the journal Nature Ecology and…

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Happy World Water Day: March 22, 2019

  EESA research scientists are committed to identifying ways to adapt how water resources are used for energy production, irrigation, and other key societal needs in an energy-constrained and uncertain climate future. This World Water Day, an annual UN observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater, is focused on tackling the water crisis by addressing…

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EESA Experts Participate in First High-Resolution Field Measurements of Induced Seismicity and Fault Slip

Induced seismicity refers to typically minor earthquakes and tremors triggered by human activity, deliberate or not. Rarely are humans aware of these mostly low-magnitude events occurring deep underground. However, some regions have over the past decade shown quite significant earthquakes, such as a few larger than magnitude 5 events in Oklahoma, which have been linked to wastewater injection…

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Common beetle’s gut microbiome benefits forests, holds promise for bioenergy

Insects are critical contributors to ecosystem functioning, and like most living organisms their co-evolution with microbes has been essential to support these functions. While many insects are infamous for wreaking havoc wherever they roam, many thousands of species go quietly about their business, providing important services essential to healthy ecosystems using the innovative biochemistry of…

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Susan Hubbard Honored by Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame

  Susan Hubbard, Associate Laboratory Director for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, will be inducted into the Alameda County Women’s Hall of Fame, at an annual awards ceremony on March 30. Hubbard is being honored for her scientific contributions to key environmental challenges of our time, including the use of geophysical methods to quantify…

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