News & Events

Towards Better Ecosystem Photosynthesis and Respiration Estimates

Eddy covariance tower near Barrow AK. Cr R. Kaltschmidt. Copyright Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Land surfaces across the globe absorb about a third of greenhouse gas emissions every year, due to the difference between two key processes: ecosystem photosynthesis and respiration. Despite their significance, it’s impossible to measure these two processes at the ecosystem scale during the daytime. Scientists have relied since the 1980s on a technique known as…

Read More

Dark Fiber Lays Groundwork for Long-Distance Earthquake Detection and Groundwater Mapping

In traditional seismology, researchers studying how the earth moves in the moments before, during, and after an earthquake rely on sensors that cost tens of thousands of dollars to make and install underground. And because of the expense and labor involved, only a few seismic sensors have been installed throughout remote areas of California, making…

Read More

Research scientist Michelle Newcomer Talks About Wildfire’s Effects on Water Quality at AGU

Before the Camp Fire this fall, the October 2017 Northern California Wildfires were the deadliest in California history. Last year’s fires burned 110,000 acres in Sonoma and Napa counties–and 8 percent of the Russian River watershed. This week  in Washington, D.C. at  the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, research scientist Michelle Newcomer has…

Read More

Berkeley Lab computer simulations find climate change making hurricanes more intense

  New supercomputer simulations by climate scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown that climate change intensified the amount of rainfall in recent hurricanes such as Katrina, Irma, and Maria by 5 to 10 percent. They further found that if those hurricanes were to occur in a future…

Read More

Sierra Snowpack Could Drop Significantly By End of Century

A future warmer world will almost certainly feature a decline in fresh water from the Sierra Nevada mountain snowpack. Now a new study by the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) that analyzed the headwater regions of California’s 10 major reservoirs, representing nearly half of the state’s surface storage, found they could…

Read More

EESA Shows Science Leadership at AGU 2018

With nearly 25,000 attendees, AGU’s annual fall meeting is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world — and it begins Monday in Washington, D.C. EESA scientists will be involved in more than 300 presentations, and 32 of our experts will be presenting invited talks. Click the image below for an in-depth visual…

Read More

CouFrac Conference Focused on Advances in Coupled Processes in Fractured Media

The International Conference on Coupled Processes in Fractured Geological Media: Observation, Modeling, and Application (CouFrac) was held in Wuhan, China, November 12-14, 2018. Berkeley Lab Senior Scientist Jonny Rutqvist initiated the new conference with the objective of focusing on exciting advances in all areas of coupled processes associated with fractured geological media. The conference was…

Read More