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DOE SCIENCE NEWS BY TOPIC: Environmental Sciences
DOE research seeks to understand basic chemical, physical, and biological processes of the earthís atmosphere, land, and oceans and how these processes may be affected by energy production and use, primarily the emission of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel combustion. Understanding global climate change and the ability to predict climate over decades or centuries will enable the development of science-based solutions to reduce and minimize the impacts of climate change and better plan for the nationís future energy needs.



The 'why' of models

The 'why' of models

An international team of researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Macquarie University, the University of Western Sydney and the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry set out to assess how two Free-Air CO2 Enrichment projects compared to eleven vegetation models that simulate various ecological processes. Instead of only benchmarking whether or not an individual model matched the experimental data, the researchers developed an 'assumption-centered' approach to evaluate why certain models performed better than others.

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Berkeley Lab scientist invents new technique to understand cloud behavior

With two off-the-shelf digital cameras situated about 1 kilometer apart facing Miami's Biscayne Bay, Berkeley Lab scientists David Romps and Rusen Oktem are collecting three-dimensional data on cloud behavior that have never been possible to collect before.

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Berkeley Lab scientist invents new technique to understand cloud behavior

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OU professor named recipient of prestigious DOE Lawrence award
University of Oklahoma

Scientists tackle mystery of thunderstorms that strike at night
National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

Drought-induced tree mortality accelerating in forests
DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory

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