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Spring 2021
Colleagues, alumni, and friends,

We're sharing some recent updates and announcements associated with the Earth & Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) at Berkeley Lab. 

After one year of largely working remotely — and with the COVID cases retreating and vaccine distribution accelerating — EESA members are optimistic that a transition to a post-COVID world is on the horizon. In parallel, EESA research focused on understanding, predicting, and sustaining our Earth and its resources is continuing along several exciting fronts, including those aligned with the new Administration's climate and clean energy vision. The stories below describe a small subset of our work over the last several months, many of which are related to  this vision. Thank you for your interest in EESA research.
Research approach made to match 21st-century wildfire reality.
Berkeley Lab research pairs expertise in drought and groundwater quality with advanced climate modeling and machine learning to develop the insights and tools needed to accurately predict under what conditions and to what extent future wildfires will occur.
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Contaminant monitoring is key to Fukushima recovery.
March marks the 10-year anniversary of the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Berkeley Lab experts in environmental remediation have been involved in various monitoring activities to help aid clean-up efforts since 2013.
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How does climate change affect water and energy systems? It’s complicated.
Climate change impacts water and energy systems separately, yet the two systems are inextricably linked. Berkeley Lab researchers developed a scientific framework to avoid causing problems for one system while adapting to the consequences of climate change for the other. 
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Getting to Net Zero – and Even Net Negative – is Surprisingly Feasible, and Affordable.
EESA scientists co-authored the first detailed, peer-reviewed study on achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, a benchmark that is critical to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and avoiding the most dangerous impacts of climate change, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
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In Other News...

EESA Awarded New Geothermal Projects Associated with FORGE

New Watershed Function SFA Study Holds Implications for Future Western Water Supply

EESA Scientists Contribute to DOE GTO Research on Critical Minerals

Six Scientists Awarded EESA Early Career Development Grants

Scientist Co-Authors New Guide on Removing CO 2 From the Atmosphere
New EESA Research Explores Impact of Land-use Policy on California’s Terrestrial Carbon and Greenhouse Gas Budget

EESA Forms Pod to Participate in New Unlearning Racism in Geoscience (URGE) Program

EESA Scientist Talks Earthquake Building Resilience

Berkeley Lab Partners with International Collaborators in Geothermal Energy Research

Media Coverage

Job Opportunities at EESA

Energy Geoscience – Earth Research Scientist
Climate & Ecosystem Sciences – Earth Scientist
Senior Scientific Engineering Associate
AmeriFlux Postdoc Researcher
Machine Learning Postdoc

See all EESA opportunities

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