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

Fundamental & Exploratory Research Program:

Projects (grouped by research area)

Chemical and Mass Transport
  • Physiochemical Controls on Unsaturated Flow and Transport in Geological Media (T.K. Tokunaga)
  • Clay Mineral Surface Geochemistry (G. Sposito)
  • Rate Controls in Chemical Weathering: (C. Steefel)
  • Fluid Chemistry, Surface Chemistry, and Fracture Mechanics (K. Knauss)
  • Investigation of the Physical Basis for Biomineralization (J. DeYoreo)
Isotopic Measurements
  • Integrated Isotope Studies of Geochemical Processes (D. DePaolo)
  • Development of Isotope Techniques for Reservoir and Aquifer Characterization (B. Kennedy)
  • Kinetic Isotope Fractionation by Diffusion in Liquids (J. Christensen)
Geology, Geophysics, and Earth Dynamics
  • Air-Derived Noble Gases in Sediments: Site for Acquisition of Trapped Components (B.M. Kennedy)
  • Joint Three-Dimensional Electromagnetic-Seismic Imaging (G. Newman)
  • Imaging Permeability and Fluid Mobility Using Time-Lapse Measurements (D. Vasco)
  • Permeability Dependence of Seismic Amplitudes (S. Pride)
  • Seismic Wave Propagation in Earth Systems with Fluids and Fractures (J. Berryman)
  • Propagation of Elastic Waves in Complex Media (L. Johnson)
  • Density-Driven Brine Convection: A Process for Accelerating CO2 Dissolution and Enhancing Security of Geologic Storage (K. Pruess)
  • Evolution of Stress-Sensitive Seismic Properties of Sediments (Nakagawa)
  • The Center for Nanogeoscience (Waychunas)
  • Imaging Electronic and Atomic Redistribution During Redox (Waychunas)
Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2—Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC)
  • Microbiomics of Complex microbial communities in environmental samples (Jansson, J.)
  • Maximizing Photosynthetic Yield by Increasing Sink Strength (Jansson, C.)
  • Identifying and Predicting Climate Change Impacts on the Land-Based Components of the Water Cycle (Salve)
  • Impact of Climate Change on Soil Water Dynamics in Arid Areas (Liu, H.H.)
  • Uncovering the mechanistic basis for soil microbial community response to altered precipitation patterns (Brodie)
  • CO2 as Cushion Gas for Compressed Air Energy Storage in Subsurface Reservoirs (Oldenburg)
  • Biological Carbon Sequestration: Fundamental Research on Biological Carbon Capture and Soil Carbon Stabilization (Torn)
  • Enhanced Subsurface Fluid (Commer)