EESD Review: Research Area

Research Area: Climate and Environmental Systems

Fielding scientific questions with Natalie Griffiths

Growing up, Natalie Griffiths dreamed of playing short stop for the Toronto Blue Jays. With a stint on the Canadian national women’s baseball team under her belt, Griffiths has retired her glove and now fields scientific questions about carbon and nutrient cycling and water quality as an aquatic...

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ORNL develops new capability to evaluate human-driven change in Eastern U.S. streams

A stream classification system developed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory can help assess physical changes to United States streams and rivers from human influences and aid in more effective management of water resources. The novel framework, published...

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From Antarctica to the Azores: An atmosphere’s worth of data with Giri Prakash

Giri Prakash of Oak Ridge National Laboratory deftly draws on his expertise as a computational and environmental scientist to guide the translation and accessibility of big data about Earth’s atmosphere for eager researchers around the world. As the data center director for the Atmospheric...

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Taking the planet’s pulse: ORNL, NASA share latest data

As temperatures change, snow melts, and days grow longer across North America, a network of sensors captures these vital data, measuring key weather metrics that inform an array of scientific endeavors from wildlife biology to crop studies to modeling future environmental change. Scientists at...

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Hydropower's future is small & modular

Harnessing the power of water is a practice that has been around for thousands of years, from the ancient Greeks’ use of waterwheels to grind wheat to today’s massive hydroelectric dams that supply power to millions of customers. But given the high price tag, potential environmental impact and...

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Esther Parish: The science of sustainability

Esther Parish’s holistic approach to life is apparent not only in her environmental research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, but in her careful cultivation of a future crop of young scientists. Her expertise as a geographer coupled with a keen interest in the natural world drives Parish’s...

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ORNL scientists generate new report on trends shaping the hydropower industry

2017 Hydropower Market Report offers comprehensive data and analysis

Industry stakeholders, policymakers, and the interested public can access current data and critical insights into trends shaping the hydropower industry in the 2017 Hydropower Market Report—including information on how US hydropower growth compares to other countries across the globe. “...

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Advancing a legacy of health physics: Shaheen Dewji

Having begun her career at the lab in the nuclear nonproliferation and radiation safeguards area, Shaheen Dewji is leveraging her expertise to help expand the work of the Center for Radiation Protection Knowledge (CRPK)—a unique organization led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) that focuses...

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Adam Witt: New science for an old energy resource

Adam Witt’s career path has followed some twists and turns, much like the rivers he studies. But the diversity of his professional experience is a boon to his work as he looks for new ways to harness an ancient energy source: water. Witt, a hydropower systems research engineer, seeks a better...

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Mallory Ladd: A molecular-scale Arctic expedition

Mallory Ladd began trekking to the Arctic even before her time at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), in search of a better understanding of what’s going on belowground and how it links to changes in the larger landscape. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) Bredesen Center student...

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