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BER Research Highlights

Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER)
of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Office of Science

BER science is vital to the nation's energy security and environmental future. Its mission is to understand complex biological, climatic, and environmental systems across time and space at scales ranging from nanoseconds to millennia, from submicron to global, and from individual molecules to ecosystems. BER science programs explore the frontiers of genome-enabled biology; discover the physical, chemical and biological drivers of climate change; and seek the biological, geochemical, and hydrological determinants of environmental sustainability and stewardship.

For more than 50 years, BER has advanced world-class biological and environmental research programs and scientific user facilities to support DOE environment, energy, and basic research missions. BER's foundational science is underpinning the development of cellulosic biofuels as major secure national energy resources. Other BER priorities include understanding relationships between climate change and Earth's ecosystems, assessing options for carbon biosequestration, predicting the fate and transport of contaminants in subsurface environments, and developing new tools to explore the interface of biological and physical sciences.

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Recent Highlights

Sep 18, 2018
Vegetation Demographics in Earth System Models: A Review of Progress and Priorities
An assessment of current approaches to including individual plant dynamics in ESMs and the need for [more...]

Jul 16, 2018
Cold Fronts Depend on the Details
Scientists work out the details of high-resolution regional model simulations of extratropical cold [more...]

Jun 15, 2018
Maximizing Ozone Signals Among Chemical, Meteorological, and Climatological Variability Across Space and Time
Modeling advance enables more efficient and precise estimates of trends in ozone and other pollutant [more...]

Jun 01, 2018
Assessing the Expansion Potential of Irrigated Land
New emulator enables more rigorous assessments of regional and global water, land, energy, and econo [more...]

May 30, 2018
Using Radars to Study Snowfall
An international experiment provides new data on snowfall intensity from ground-based radars. T [more...]