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.
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.
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.
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.
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).