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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

Aug 08, 2019
Nutrient-Hungry Peatland Microbes Reduce Carbon Loss Under Warmer Conditions
Enzyme production in peatlands reduces carbon lost to respiration under future high temperatures.


Aug 05, 2019
Amazon Forest Response to CO2 Fertilization Dependent on Plant Phosphorus Acquisition
AmazonFACE Model Intercomparison.

The Science Plant growth is dependent on the avai [more...]

May 10, 2019
Quantifying Decision Uncertainty in Water Management via a Coupled Agent-Based Model
Considering risk perception can improve the representation of human decision-making processes in age [more...]

May 09, 2019
Projecting Global Urban Area Growth Through 2100 Based on Historical Time Series Data and Future Scenarios
Study provides country-specific urban area growth models and the first dataset on country-level urba [more...]

May 05, 2019
Calibrating Building Energy Demand Models to Refine Long-Term Energy Planning
A new, flexible calibration approach improved model accuracy in capturing year-to-year changes in bu [more...]

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