An expansive mountain valley blanketed in snow, with the trace of a river winding down the middle under the drifts

A recent Berkeley Lab study analyzes shrinking snowpack patterns historically and into the future, and the implications of a low-to-no-snow future for western water management.

A Field Site map highlighting a location in central california, with an overlaid image of a flooded orchard

As water insecurity intensifies, recent research shows the potential of Agricultural Managed Aquifer Recharge to protect future water resources in arid regions like the American Southwest.

Woman digging up a soil sample in a field

Experts at Berkeley Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area are leading the way on investigating engineered and nature-based solutions to achieve a carbon negative future.

Mountain range with view of natural gas facility

EESA scientists applied modeling expertise to helping remediate the massive methane leak at the Canyon storage facility and increased the safety of natural gas storage practices.

Man in lab wearing gloves and goggles working on crushing rocks on table

LiRRIC at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
is pioneering the resource-to-recharge frontier through fundamental science breakthroughs, technology innovation, and development of the lithium workforce.

Aerial view of lime green colored algal bloom

EESA research addresses the major deficit of scientific knowledge that exists about how terrestrial, oceanic, and climatic conditions interact to drive HAB
outbreaks in water ecosystems.

Stylized glass model of a molecule

This EESA-led project aims to identify methane super-emitters to inform mitigation efforts.

Forest fire breaking over a ridge

EESA is home to interdisciplinary research exploring wildfire and how it impacts water and ecosystems.

Periodic Table entry for Lithium

We hope to identify lithium extraction technologies that lead to the greatest environmental and economic benefits.