A future warmer world will almost certainly feature a decline in fresh water from the Sierra Nevada mountain snowpack. Now a new study by Berkeley Lab that analyzed the headwater regions of California’s 10 major reservoirs, representing nearly half of the state’s surface storage, found on average a 79 percent drop in peak snowpack water volume by 2100.
A future warmer world will almost certainly feature a decline in fresh water from the Sierra Nevada mountain snowpack. Now a new study by Berkeley Lab that analyzed the headwater regions of California’s 10 major reservoirs, representing nearly half of the state’s surface storage, found on average a 79 percent drop in peak snowpack water volume by 2100.
A team led by nuclear physicists at Berkeley Lab has reported the first direct measurements of the mass numbers for the nuclei of two superheavy elements: moscovium, which is element 115, and nihonium, element 113. They obtained the results using FIONA, a new tool that is designed to resolve the properties of the heaviest elements.
Four Berkeley Lab scientists – Allen Goldstein, Sung-Hou Kim, Susannah Tringe, and Kathy Yelick – have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. They are among 416 scientists awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow this year.
A team from Berkeley Lab, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and NVIDIA has been awarded the ACM Gordon Bell Prize for applying an exascale-class deep learning application to extreme climate data, and for breaking the exaop (1 billion billion calculations) computing barrier for the first time with a deep learning application.
New supercomputer simulations by Berkeley Lab climate scientists show that climate change intensified the amount of rainfall in recent hurricanes by 5 to 10 percent. They also found that if those hurricanes were to occur in a future world that is warmer than present, those storms would have even more rainfall and stronger winds.
Climate scientists have not been properly accounting for what plants do at night, and that, it turns out, is a mistake. A new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found that plant nutrient uptake in the absence of photosynthesis affects greenhouse gas emissions to the atmosphere.
To help foster the broad applicability of high-intensity lasers, Berkeley Lab is a partner in a new research network called LaserNetUS. The network will provide U.S. scientists increased access to the unique high-intensity laser facilities at the Lab’s BELLA Center and at eight other institutions.
Researchers have developed an artificial photosynthesis device called a “hybrid photoelectrochemical and voltaic cell” that turns sunlight and water into two types of energy – hydrogen fuel and electricity.
New pre-exascale system, slated to be delivered in 2020, will be named ‘Perlmutter’ in honor of Lab’s Nobel Prize-Winning astrophysicist.