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

Research within the Fundamental Geosciences Program is focused on developing an understanding of fundamental Earth processes that can be used as a foundation for efficient, effective, and environmentally sound use of energy resources; provide an improved scientific basis for advanced energy and environmental technologies; and for undertsanding and mitigating the environmental impacts of energy development and use.

The Fundamental Geosciences Program (prior to the end of 2013 was formerly called the Fundamental and Exploratory Research Program), is the primary program within the Fundamental Earth Sciences Program Area and is supported by the DOE-Basic Energy Sciences (BES).

The three ESD projects funded by BES-Geosciences (Geophysics, Theoretical and Experimental Geochemistry, and Isotope Geochemistry) provide a world-class scientific expertise needed to underpin many subsurface energy strategies critical to the Nation. In addition, the BES-supported Energy Frontier Research Center at Berkeley Lab, which is focused on nanoscale control of CO2 in subsurface systems, is one of two geoscience-relevant Centers in the U.S. and the only one to be led by a National Laboratory.

Topics of Current Research

Fluid-mineral interactions

Effect of fluides on rock properties

Fluid flow in heterogenous media

Isotopic properties of Earth materials

Subsurface imaging of coupled processes

Current Projects and Centers of Research