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Subsurface Biogeochemical Research Program

Impact of SBR Research: Benefits for Science and Society

The SBR approach leads to a holistic understanding of subsurface environmental processes applicable to a range of U.S. Department of Energy energy and environmental challenges. The emphasis on iterative, interdisciplinary experimental research in concert with modeling and monitoring approaches will lead to:

  • Increased understanding of coupled biogeochemical processes in key subsurface environments that enable system-level prediction and control.
  • Robust strategies to monitor, immobilize, or remove former weapons production-related contaminants from the environment.
  • Science-based approaches to risk assessments of spent nuclear fuel storage.
  • Strategies for sequestering carbon (both deep subsurface and terrestrial) and reducing climate model uncertainly in predicting the biogeochemical cycling of carbon in soils and sediments.
  • Improved understanding of coupled plant-microbe-mineral interactions controlling nutrient cycling in soils to aid development of sustainable biofuels.
  • Strategies for manipulating deep subsurface biogeochemical processes to enhance fossil fuel processing and recovery.
  • Reduced risk and cost of managing subsurface environmental and energy systems and increased public acceptance.

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications! Detailed information about the program, including eligibility requirements and access to the online application system, can be found at: https://science.energy.gov/wdts/scgsr/. Applications due May 16, 2017 5:00PM Eastern Time

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