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With a team in the Energy Geosciences Division and Carl Steefel, head of Berkeley Lab’s Geochemistry Department, Erica Siirila-Woodburn is working to investigate the impact of climate change on water availability in watersheds, specifically the effects of the Caldor Fire on the Cosumnes River Basin. Siirila-Woodburn’s research is using various resources at the Lab, including the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) supercomputer, to model the watershed.
Siirila-Woodburn’s work stems from an early-career Laboratory Directed Research and Development Program (FY18–20) project, and is leading to discoveries that can be the basis for future technologies.