Department News https://ce.berkeley.edu/news/rss/davis-hall-displays en Explore CEE's Master's Degrees: MS & MEng. Each leads you to a rewarding career. https://ce.berkeley.edu/node/2096 <span>Explore CEE's Master's Degrees: MS & MEng. Each leads you to a rewarding career.</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://ce.berkeley.edu/users/halligan" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">halligan</span></span> <span>Sat, 12/14/2019 - 10:39</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-featured-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">News Featured Image</div> <div class="field--item"> <img src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_featured_image_500_333_/public/news/Capstone%20Design%20Project%20Team%20in%20planning%20stages.jpg?h=ca19c49e&itok=q85M8yQP" width="500" height="333" alt="Capstone Design Project Team in planning stage" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Body</div> <div class="field--item"><p>Berkeley CEE offers two unique <a href="https://ce.berkeley.edu/grad/degrees">Master's Degrees</a>:  </p> <ul><li>Master of Science in CEE (MS in CEE)</li> <li>Master of Engineering in CEE  (MEng in CEE)</li> </ul><p>See why the <a href="https://ce.berkeley.edu/grad/degrees/promote/ms">MS in CEE</a> or the <a href="https://ce.berkeley.edu/grad/degrees/promote/meng">MEng in CEE</a> could be the right choice for you.</p> <p>Each has unique components.<br /><br /> Both are thoughtfully designed for today's student to chart his/her course to a rewarding career.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <table cellpadding="1"><tbody><tr><td> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>Master of Science (MS)</strong></p> </td> <td> <p class="text-align-center"><strong>Master of Engineering (MEng)</strong></p> </td> </tr><tr><td> <p><a href="https://ce.berkeley.edu/grad/degrees/promote/ms"><img alt="Masters of Science Promotion" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/assets/degrees/ms/degree%20promo%20ms.png" /></a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> </td> <td><a href="https://ce.berkeley.edu/grad/degrees/promote/meng"><img alt="Masters of Engineering Promotion" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/assets/degrees/meng/degree%20promo%20meng.png" /></a></td> </tr></tbody></table></div> </div> Sat, 14 Dec 2019 17:39:13 +0000 halligan 2096 at https://ce.berkeley.edu CEE ranked 5th among Best Global Universities for Civil Engineering. We are the highest ranking US institution. https://ce.berkeley.edu/node/2294 <span>CEE ranked 5th among Best Global Universities for Civil Engineering. We are the highest ranking US institution.</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://ce.berkeley.edu/users/halligan" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">halligan</span></span> <span>Wed, 10/30/2019 - 12:34</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-featured-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">News Featured Image</div> <div class="field--item"> <img src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_featured_image_500_333_/public/news/191007-graphic.png?itok=XDlPoEjz" width="500" height="333" alt="USN&WR logo" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Body</div> <div class="field--item"><p><em>US News & World Report'</em>s 2020 <a href="https://www.usnews.com/education/best-global-universities/civil-engineering">rankings</a> for Best Global Universities for Civil Engineering places Berkeley CEE in 5<sup>th</sup> place. The rankings are based on reputation and research in the field.</p> <p>Berkeley CEE is the highest ranking US university on the list. </p> <p>We follow Tsinghua University, Tongji University, National University of Singapore and Beijing Jiaotong University.</p> <p>The broad field of civil engineering includes the subfields of structural engineering, geotechnics, earthquake engineering, ocean engineering, water resources and supply, naval engineering, marine engineering, transportation engineering, and municipal engineering.</p> <p>Students in this field study the planning, design, construction and maintenance of major structures, like buildings, bridges, roads and harbor facilities. Management of air, water and energy resources are other topics covered. </p></div> </div> Wed, 30 Oct 2019 18:34:58 +0000 halligan 2294 at https://ce.berkeley.edu VIDEO: Watch Dr. Juan Argote's Distinguished Lecture from 10.21.19 https://ce.berkeley.edu/node/2293 <span>VIDEO: Watch Dr. Juan Argote's Distinguished Lecture from 10.21.19</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://ce.berkeley.edu/users/halligan" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">halligan</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/29/2019 - 15:20</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-featured-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">News Featured Image</div> <div class="field--item"> <img src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_featured_image_500_333_/public/news/self%20driving%20vehicle%20small_0.jpg?itok=eo3sNQB9" width="500" height="333" alt="Self-driving vehicle" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Body</div> <div class="field--item"><p>Juan Argote (CEE MS '10; PhD '14) gave the CEE Fall Distinguished Lecture on Monday, Oct. 21. As the Transportation Research Lead at Uber Advanced Technologies Group, Dr.. Argote leads a team of data scientists with backgrounds in Transportation Engineering and Econometrics to inform Uber's self-driving vehicle strategies.</p> <p>His lecture provided an overview of the current state of Self-Driving Vehicle technology, delving into the role that Transportation Engineering and Operations Research will play in the path towards commercialization.<br />  </p> <p>Watch "The Pathway Towards the Deployment of Self-Driving Vehicle Technology."</p> <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/-S1BSd2xENg" width="560"></iframe></p></div> </div> Tue, 29 Oct 2019 21:20:15 +0000 halligan 2293 at https://ce.berkeley.edu Jonathan Bray presented the Osterberg Lecture at Northwestern University in Chicago https://ce.berkeley.edu/node/2292 <span>Jonathan Bray presented the Osterberg Lecture at Northwestern University in Chicago</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://ce.berkeley.edu/users/halligan" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">halligan</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/24/2019 - 10:37</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-featured-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">News Featured Image</div> <div class="field--item"> <img src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_featured_image_500_333_/public/news/Osterberg%20Lecture%202019%20-%20Jonathan%20D.%20Bray_flyer.jpg?itok=mO-_KrX3" width="500" height="333" alt="Flyer of Osterberg Lecture with Prof. Jon Bray" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Body</div> <div class="field--item"><p>Jonathan Bray, Faculty Chair in Earthquake Engineering Excellence, gave Northwestern University's Osterberg Lecture in Chicago on Oct. 23.</p> <p>He spoke on "Estimating Liquefaction-Induced Building Settlement."  </p> <p>The Osterberg Lecture is presented by Northwestern's Civil & Environmental Engineering Department.</p> <p>See <a href="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/assets/news/Osterberg%20Lecture-Bray-2019.pdf" title="Osterberg Lecture abstract">abstract</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img alt="Images from J. Bray's Osterberg Lecture" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="291" src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/assets/news/Osterberg%20Lecture-Bray-2019_images.jpg" width="627" /></p></div> </div> Thu, 24 Oct 2019 16:37:30 +0000 halligan 2292 at https://ce.berkeley.edu Our Diversity Mission in the MS Program https://ce.berkeley.edu/node/2289 <span>Our Diversity Mission in the MS Program</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://ce.berkeley.edu/users/halligan" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">halligan</span></span> <span>Mon, 10/21/2019 - 14:46</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-featured-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">News Featured Image</div> <div class="field--item"> <img src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_featured_image_500_333_/public/assets/news/HIGHLIGHT_Golden_Gate.jpg?h=cb35aeb6&itok=aTvZUfNU" width="500" height="333" alt="Golden Gate Bridge" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Body</div> <div class="field--item"><p>We encourage applications from graduates of California State Universities, especially first-generation and low-income students, women, and underrepresented minorities.  </p> <p><em><strong>Our MS program application fee will be waived for CSU applicants</strong></em>.</p> <p>For information about our MS degree, affordability, and application & diversity resources, see <a href="https://ce.berkeley.edu/grad/degrees/promote/ms/diversity">Our Diversity Mission in the MS Program</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><img alt="Flyer for CSU MS applicants Fall 2019" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/assets/news/Flyer%20for%20CSU%20infosessions_Fall%202019_0.jpg" /></p></div> </div> Mon, 21 Oct 2019 20:46:28 +0000 halligan 2289 at https://ce.berkeley.edu New CEE faculty: Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos and Dimitrios Zekkos to start Jan. 1, 2020 https://ce.berkeley.edu/node/2287 <span>New CEE faculty: Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos and Dimitrios Zekkos to start Jan. 1, 2020</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://ce.berkeley.edu/users/halligan" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">halligan</span></span> <span>Fri, 10/18/2019 - 10:46</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-featured-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">News Featured Image</div> <div class="field--item"> <img src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_featured_image_500_333_/public/news/news%20item%20combined%20headshot%20small.jpg?itok=r3XPAf8z" width="500" height="333" alt="Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos and Dimitrios Zekkos" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Body</div> <div class="field--item"><p>We welcome two new faculty members: Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos and Dimitrios Zekkos.</p> <p>Their state date is January 1, 2020. Both have established <a href="https://ce.berkeley.edu/people/faculty?type=faculty">CEE web pages</a> so that CEE faculty and students can contact them.</p> <h2>Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos</h2> <p><a href="https://ce.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/adda_zekkos" target="_blank">Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos</a>’ core research and teaching areas lie in geomechanics and geotechnical engineering, with a focus on how infrastructure systems, including levees, roadways, and ports, respond to seismic and other natural hazard events. </p> <p>Dr. Athanasopoulos-Zekkos has established herself as an outstanding academic, with strong contributions across research, teaching and service. She is a national leader in the research community, and has received the Casagrande, Middlebrooks, and NSF CAREER awards. Her teaching record is exceptional. Most notable, however, has been Dr. Athanasopoulos-Zekkos' innovative and high-impact contributions to diversity and community, which has created tangible change.</p> <h2>Dimitrios Zekkos</h2> <p><a href="https://ce.berkeley.edu/people/faculty/dimitrios_zekkos" target="_blank">Dimitrios Zekkos</a> is an internationally recognized leader in the field of geoenvironmental engineering who has made important contributions to understanding the properties and mechanics of municipal solid waste (MSW), seismic safety issues connected to landfills, and energy generation processes (such as production of methane gas) and hazardous material byproducts of waste as it ages and degrades. <br /><br /> Dr. Zekkos has been a leader in academic and professional communities. He will serve as conference chair for the upcoming 9th International Congress on Environmental Geotechnics. He has also served on over 20 scientific steering committees, conference organizing committees or as session chair in the past 10 years.</p> <h2>Equity advocates</h2> <p>Adda Athanasopoulos-Zekkos and Dimitrios Zekkos are advocates for gender equity in academics. Both participated in the NeWinCEE Program (led by Dr. Athansopoulos-Zekkos), which aims to help build academic success for under-represented populations through the creation of professional networks.</p></div> </div> Fri, 18 Oct 2019 16:46:41 +0000 halligan 2287 at https://ce.berkeley.edu In the news: Jack Moehle and performance-based seismic design for towers in earthquake country https://ce.berkeley.edu/node/2288 <span>In the news: Jack Moehle and performance-based seismic design for towers in earthquake country</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://ce.berkeley.edu/users/halligan" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">halligan</span></span> <span>Thu, 10/17/2019 - 11:46</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-featured-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">News Featured Image</div> <div class="field--item"> <img src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_featured_image_500_333_/public/news/gallery_xlarge.jpg?itok=QY3W1WTQ" width="500" height="333" alt="Tall buildings in San Francisco" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Body</div> <div class="field--item"><p>Professor Jack Moehle is quoted in the <em>San Francisco Chronicle</em> article "<a href="https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Towers-in-earthquake-country-designers-say-14527501.php#">Towers in earthquake county--designers say new ones are safe to their core</a>. (10.15.19).</p> <p>Jack Moehle helped craft the guidelines for what is known as performance-based seismic design.</p> <p>Thirty years after the Loma Prieta earthquake and nearly a decade after being introduced in 2010, the approach has become the norm for high-rises along the West Coast, allowing designers more leeway while meeting the standards set in municipal building codes.</p> <p>In simple terms — and little about the design of tall buildings is simple — performance-based design concentrates the seismic strength of a tower in its spine, the central core.<br /><br /><br /><img alt="Designing towers for seismic saftey" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/assets/news/940x0.jpg" /></p></div> </div> Thu, 17 Oct 2019 17:46:56 +0000 halligan 2288 at https://ce.berkeley.edu Matt DeJong's project on aging railway infrastructure wins Rail Visionary award in UK https://ce.berkeley.edu/node/2283 <span>Matt DeJong's project on aging railway infrastructure wins Rail Visionary award in UK</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://ce.berkeley.edu/users/halligan" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">halligan</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/15/2019 - 16:52</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-featured-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">News Featured Image</div> <div class="field--item"> <img src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_featured_image_500_333_/public/news/aging%20railway%20infrastructure.jpg?h=d66d9fb3&itok=MLmn_pZB" width="500" height="333" alt="Aging railway infrastructure" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Body</div> <div class="field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A project on monitoring the health of aging railway infrastructure was awarded the <a href="https://techfest.newcivilengineer.com/winners-2019">New Civil Engineer TechFest Rail Visionary award</a> in London, UK. The award recognizes organizations developing pioneering ideas and designs to effect major changes in the global rail sector.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The project, led by Professor Matt DeJong, is a collaboration between the Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure (CSIC), AECOM, Network Rail, and the Alan Turing Institute (ATI)).</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The project has 3 objectives: </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <ol><li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>to improve understanding of structural behavior and degradation of bridges under train loading, </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>to develop and evaluate a suite of new and existing monitoring technologies to monitor Network Rail assets, and </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>to improve data availability and interpretation to enable better decision-making as part of a broader Network Rail initiative to digitize their infrastructure.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ol><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>“We have been working on new solutions to monitor rail infrastructure for about 5 years and we are delighted to have won this award," said Matt DeJong.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>"Congratulations to both Sam Cocking, PhD student, and Dr Haris Alexakis, Research Associate, for their excellent work on this project. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Thanks also to several researchers and students who laid the foundation for this project, including Sinan Acikgoz, Andrea Franza, Simon Ye, Robert Gayer, Rhiannon Evans and Ian Doughty.”</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><img alt="Close up of aging railway infrastructure" data-entity-type="" data-entity-uuid="" height="316" src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/assets/news/Close%20look%20at%20aging%20railway%20infrastructure.jpg" width="702" /></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> </div> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 22:52:29 +0000 halligan 2283 at https://ce.berkeley.edu Susan Shaheen named Vice Chair of Transportation Research Board's Executive Committee https://ce.berkeley.edu/node/2282 <span>Susan Shaheen named Vice Chair of Transportation Research Board's Executive Committee</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://ce.berkeley.edu/users/halligan" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">halligan</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/15/2019 - 15:17</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-featured-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">News Featured Image</div> <div class="field--item"> <img src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_featured_image_500_333_/public/news/L-SusanShaheen-onUCBerkelyCampus2017-viaLauraLeeHuttenbach_0.jpg?itok=jDF8Z2Qr" width="500" height="333" alt="Susan Shaheen" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Body</div> <div class="field--item"><p>CEE Professor-In-Residence Susan Shaheen has been named Vice Chair of the Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Executive Committee. She will assume the post at the annual TRB meeting in January 2020.</p> <p>Susan Shaheen is an internationally recognized expert in mobility and the sharing economy. She Co-Directs the Transportation Sustainability Research Center (TSRC) of the Institute of Transportation Studies at Berkeley. In addition, she is the Director of the Innovative Mobility Initiative of the University of California’s Institute of Transportation Studies, comprised of UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UCLA.</p> <p>She is the first Honda Distinguished Scholar in Transportation at the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis from 2000 to 2012. She served as the Policy and Behavioral Research Program Leader at California Partners for Advanced Transit and Highways from 2003 to 2007, and as a special assistant to the Director’s Office of the California Department of Transportation from 2001 to 2004. She has a Ph.D. in ecology, focusing on the energy and environmental aspects of transportation, from UC Davis and a M.S. in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester.</p> <p>The TRB Executive Committee is the senior policy body of TRB, and provides oversight to ensure that TRB's activities are appropriate for the National Academies and constructive to the transportation system and the nation.</p> <p>Ongoing and proposed TRB projects are addressed during each Executive Committee meeting and are approved, rejected, or accepted after modification. The committee is composed of approximately 25 members. <br />  </p></div> </div> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:17:34 +0000 halligan 2282 at https://ce.berkeley.edu Kenichi Soga leads 2 new NSF-funded projects that address climate change in ground engineering https://ce.berkeley.edu/node/2281 <span>Kenichi Soga leads 2 new NSF-funded projects that address climate change in ground engineering</span> <span><span lang="" about="https://ce.berkeley.edu/users/halligan" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" xml:lang="">halligan</span></span> <span>Tue, 10/15/2019 - 12:21</span> <div class="field field--name-field-news-featured-image field--type-image field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">News Featured Image</div> <div class="field--item"> <img src="https://ce.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/styles/news_featured_image_500_333_/public/default_images/news_item_featured_image_DEFAULT_DAVIS_RESIZED.jpg?itok=ev1g9CI3" width="500" height="333" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-visually_hidden"> <div class="field--label sr-only">Body</div> <div class="field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The National Science Foundation recently announced the funding of two projects that address climate change in the area of ground engineering, to be led by Professor Kenichi Soga.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In dense urban areas, the underground is exploited for a variety of purposes, including transport, additional residential/commercial spaces, storage, lifelines, geothermal heat pump systems, and industrial processes. These uses all can contribute to changes in subsurface temperature, groundwater levels and flow. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>With the rise in urban populations and significant improvements in construction technologies, the number of subsurface structures is expected to grow in the next decade, leading to subsurface congestion and potentially deleterious effects to subsurface temperature and water conditions. With correct planning, subsurface temperatures can be harnessed beneficially. However, if unchecked, they can result in a high environmental and economic costs.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Modeling and Monitoring of Urban Underground Climate Change (MUC2)</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In the project “Modeling and Monitoring of Urban Underground Climate Change (MUC2)”, Professor Kenichi Soga and Professor Matthew DeJong, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Cambridge, will develop a framework for monitoring and predicting temperature and groundwater distributions at high resolutions in the presence of underground heat sources and sinks. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>A low cost and reliable underground weather station using the fiber optic sensing technologies will be developed and installed at sites in the US and UK. A high-performance computing based thermo-hydro coupled underground climate change code will be developed to simulate the temperature and groundwater variation with time at the whole city scale. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The main scientific deliverable from the district- and city-scale numerical simulations and the experimental temperature monitoring is a series of archetype emulators, which are defined based on the geological characteristics, above ground built environment, such as surface and buildings types, and the density and type of the underground structures. These archetype emulators will allow efficient city-scale modelling and enable application of the methodology to any other city or region with similar characteristics of above and underground built environment. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The ultimate goal is for every city to generate reliable maps of underground climate, with the ability to understand the influence of future urbanization scenarios.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>It is estimated that soil contains approximately three times as much as carbon as the atmosphere, and improving soil management thus plays a critical in mitigating climate change. However, the current understanding of the effects of soil management on carbon cycling and the emission of major greenhouse gases is limited. Carbon effluxes from soils are largely controlled by root respiration, and microbial respiration of soil organic matter including rhizospheric organic carbon. All of these processes are highly sensitive to soil structure.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Dynamic Coupling of Soil Structure and Gas Fluxes Measured with Distributed Sensor Systems: Implications for Carbon Modeling</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>In the project “Dynamic Coupling of Soil Structure and Gas Fluxes Measured with Distributed Sensor Systems: Implications for Carbon Modeling,” Professor Soga in collaboration with the Colorado School of Mines and Rothamsted Research in the UK, will investigate the link between the changes in soil structure and the measured concentrations of major greenhouse gases using the distributed fiber optic sensing technology and underground wireless sensor network technology. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The data will be used to explore the scope for including microscopic soil structure in soil carbon models and hence improve our fundamental understanding of biochemical processes occurring across various spatial scales. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>These new models will in the future allow the effects of soil management on carbon dynamics to be predicted, and hence give an understanding of the impact of different soil management strategies (e.g. tillage) on soil sustainability.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> </div> Tue, 15 Oct 2019 18:21:16 +0000 halligan 2281 at https://ce.berkeley.edu