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The key driver for this program is to improve the scientific foundation of hydrological, biological, and geochemical processes and their interactions relevant to environmental remediation, water resources, and enhanced energy production. Using theoretical, numerical, and experimental approaches, the research program is unique in that it spans molecular-to-field scales in the development of system behavior insights, as well as novel tools and approaches.
Research in this program is accomplished by approximately 40 LBNL scientists and postdocs, who are members of all five Earth Science Division Departments. Many of the projects are performed through collaboration with other National Laboratory, University, and Industry partners. The annual support for this program, which was approximately $15 Million in FY09, is provided by a variety of sponsors, including the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, and California Water Agencies. The Environmental Remediation & Water Resources Program is currently headed by Susan Hubbard.