Environment

Researchers launch ‘Kelp Watch’ to determine extent of Fukushima contamination

Underwater kelp

1/14/2014 Berkeley Lab - California researchers, including nuclear engineering's Kai Vetter, have launched “Kelp Watch 2014,” a scientific campaign to determine the extent of radioactive contamination of the state’s kelp forest from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant following the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami.

Symposium spotlights clean-technology solutions

Cleantech to Market team lead Michael Lebow and College of Engineering Ph.D. candidate Sibel Leblebici demonstrate an innovative new fuel cell

1/10/2014 - Through the Cleantech to Market program, UC Berkeley students work with campus and Berkeley Lab scientists to bring new, environmentally friendly innovations to the world via commercialization.

Suburban sprawl cancels carbon-footprint savings of dense urban cores

Carbon footprint map

1/7/2014 - According to a new study by UC Berkeley researchers, led by professor Daniel Kammen of the Energy and Resources Group and Nuclear Engineering, population-dense cities contribute less greenhouse-gas emissions per person than other areas of the country, but these cities’ extensive suburbs essentially wipe out the climate benefits.

Creek life

Aysha Massell

11/1/2013 Grad student Aysha Massell works to restore the storied Strawberry Creek on campus.

RadMAP rollout

Diagram of Radiological Multi-sensor Platform truck

5/1/2013 Nuclear detection is becoming portable with RadMAP, Berkeley’s Radiological Multi-sensor Platform, a detection system built into a truck.

Engineering benchmarks for cap-and-trade

5/1/2013 The Mechanical Engineering Laboratory for Manufacturing and Sustainability is helping the California Air Resources Board to develop methodologies for determining CO2 allocations for companies to help reduce the state’s overall CO2 emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

The worldwide reach of Berkeley Engineering

3/5/2013 - Global problems demand global cooperation. To tackle a wide range of challenges, from clean energy and intelligent infrastructure to cost-effective healthcare delivery, we are launching ambitious research and teaching partnerships with a number of international colleagues.

A new loo

2/7/2013 - Answering a challenge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve sanitation in developing countries, environmental engineering professor Kara Nelson and postdoctoral researcher Temitope Ogunyoku have developed a toilet that safely disinfects waste. Their hand-cranked pHree Loo yields “safe sludge” that does not endanger human health.

Seafloor platform 'cloaks' structures from big ocean waves

11/19/2012 Discovery News - Offshore oil drilling platforms, wind farms and buoys are vulnerable to waves and damage from storm swells. But a team led by Berkeley's Mohammed-Reza Alam, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has found a way to make such structures invisible to waves, using a rippled platform that sits on the seafloor to 'cloak' the structure directly above.

Quake model aids in fault studies

11/5/2012 - A new civil engineering study reveals that the more time an earthquake fault has to heal, the faster the shake it will produce when it finally ruptures. Because the rapidity and strength of the shaking are what causes damage to major structures, the new findings could help engineers better assess the vulnerabilities of buildings, bridges and roads.

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