New exascale earth modeling system for energy


A new earth modeling system will use advanced computers and have weather scale resolution to simulate aspects of Earth’s variability and anticipate decadal changes that will critically impact the United States’ energy sector.

Climate study predicts declining marine biological productivity

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A national team of Earth system modelers analyzed simulations through the year 2300 and found that increasing global temperatures could drive declines in marine biological productivity, decreasing fishery output by 20% globally and 60% in the North Atlantic.

Researchers reveal how microbes cope in phosphorus-deficient tropical soil

A team led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has uncovered how certain soil microbes cope in a phosphorus-poor environment to survive in a tropical ecosystem. Their novel approach could be applied in other ecosystems to study various nutrient limitations and inform agriculture and terrestrial biosphere modeling.

Olufemi Omitaomu: Using big data to build better cities


At the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Olufemi “Femi” Omitaomu is leveraging Big Data for urban resilience, helping growing cities support future infrastructure and resource needs.

Global Carbon Budget: Fossil fuel emissions and atmospheric CO2 on the rise

Global carbon emissions are on the rise again after three years of little growth. Emissions from fossil fuels are projected to rise 2% in 2017 to an all-time high driven largely by increased fossil fuel consumption in China and India according to the recently released Global Carbon Budget. The upward trend represents a return to the growth rates seen during 2004-2013.