Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Climate & Carbon Sciences Program Research Areas

Research in the Climate & Carbon Sciences (CCS) Program within the Berkeley Lab Earth Sciences Division are focused on three broad areas:

The Carbon Cycle

The Climate & Carbon Sciences Program of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory conducts active research on terrestrial, atmospheric, and oceanic dimensions of the global carbon cycle.  Our primary goals are understanding and predicting ecosystem-climate feedbacks, atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations, and the effect of climate change and land use on ecosystem processes. We also conduct research on advanced concepts in biological sequestration.... read more »

Better models for robust climate projection

Our core modeling platform is the NCAR‑DOE Community Climate System Model (CCSM) including the Community Land Model (CLM).  We focus on processes important for climate change, especially abrupt climate change and climate extremes.  The hallmark of our work is that we are improving the physics and biogeochemistry in climate models to provide assessments more relevant to societal concerns. We also lead a multi-institutional collaboration developing new capabilities and new .... read more »

Climate Science for a Sustainable Energy Future

Given the scale of human activity, climate, energy, and land use are now tightly coupled in the Earth system. Accelerating scientific advancements that enhance capabilities for integrated earth system modeling are needed to support the development of a sustainable energy future. We are addressing this challenge by embedding socio-economic and energy.... read more »