It's enormously expensive to transport water across vast distances, but efficient desalination processes could help.Deposit Photos

To Solve Global Water Scarcity, We Need to Get More Serious about Desalination

Dec 30, 2019

 Lab’s Peter Fiske featured in PopSci desalination story. <read more>



EESA Develops New Approach to Restock California’s Groundwater via Almond Orchards, Vineyards

3 Aug 2017

Groundwater—the water stored underneath the Earth’s surface between the cracks and spaces in soil, sand, and bedrock—is essential for the California residents and farmers who rely on it for up to 46 percent of their annual water use.

Mapping, Modeling, Measuring and Monetizing Enhanced Groundwater Recharge with Stormwater

21 Jun 2017

Stormwater is an under-appreciated resource in California, and will be increasingly important as demand for freshwater increases, land use and vegetation shifts, and precipitation becomes more intense in coming years.

The Art of Studying—and Sharing—Snowmelt Science in a Mountain Watershed

12 Jun 2017

As an ecologist working with the Environmental & Earth Science Area (EESA)’s Watershed Scientific Focus Area (SFA)—a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)-funded project aiming to understand the effects of water on a variety of biogeochemical processes—Dr. Heidi Steltzer and her research assistant, Chelsea Wilmer, spend a lot of time conducting fieldwork in the picturesque Colorado mountains.

Seminar: Groundwater Dynamics in Headwater Regions under a Changing Climate

27 May 2016

Groundwater systems receive significant recharge in high-altitude headwater regions. Seasonal and longer term variations in surface temperature and precipitation are expected under a changing climate, which could substantially impact groundwater recharge and subsequently groundwater storage and discharge to surface waters downstream. This presentation by Dr. Shemin Ge from the University of Colorado-Boulder addresses this question as it relates to groundwater flow in headwater regions.

Water Security in a Changing Climate: California Drought and Sierra Nevada Response

14 Apr 2016

California’s water supplies are facing unprecedented stresses, and the state’s water-management systems are struggling to meet both environmental and human needs (agricultural, municipal, industrial).

DSSS: Numerical Models for Evaluating the Competitive Use of the Subsurface: The Influence of Energy Storage and Production in Groundwater

11 Dec 2015

The subsurface is being increasingly utilised both as a resource and as an energy and waste repository. Historically, there have been few issues of concern related to competition between resources, with groundwater contamination being a notable exception.