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

Water Resources

Water Resources Research PhotoThe Environmental Remediation & Water Resources Program Water Resources research focuses on developing approaches for measuring and insights about the transport of water, nutrients, and pathogens through water systems. With a population of over 30 million people, an agricultural economy based on intensive irrigation, and large urban industrial areas, California is highly dependent on water for its vitality and productivity. As such, many of our projects focus on California water problems. Examples include the development of novel DNA characterization approaches to monitor water quality and assess transport paths in California river systems and beaches; the development of advanced geophysical approaches for monitoring soil moisture within California vineyards; the coupling of remote measurements with hydrodynamic models to optimize California riverbed filtration water supply systems and wetlands management; and the use of hydroclimate system modeling for analysis of hydroclimate variability and its impact on water quantity, water quality, and energy using California. LBNL is a founding member of the Berkeley Water Center, which promotes and supports collaborative, water-related research within the Berkeley research community and with industry, government, and non-profit institutions.

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