2017 research activities

Head Prof. Yinon Rudich

Picture of Prof. Yinon Rudich

Prof. Yinon Rudich

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This Department, established in 1990, is dedicated to understanding the complex inter-relationships among the major Earth Systems, and between the human need for energy and the consequent impact on the Earth's environment. This requires knowledge of the interdependent components that together constitute the "environment", as well as a commitment to protect this environment by improving the manner in which water, land and energy are utilized by humans.
The Department's research activities have several general areas of activities. One focuses on water and includes hydrology, geochemistry, land-plant-atmosphere interactions and oceanography. A second activity is in the use of stable isotopes for reconstructions of paleoclimatic and of biosphere-atmosphere dynamics, and a third is in the area of atmospheric chemistry and dynamics, and cloud physics. A fourth area of research is in planetary sciences.  The Department is distinguished by the interactions among scientists from different backgrounds and expertise, which is critical to achieve a comprehensive understanding of the global environment. We also promote international collaboration based on short- and long-term visits for research and training by scientists who complement existing activities in the Department. The interdisciplinary nature of the Department is well reflected in the academic training of the research students. Their backgrounds vary enormously from physics and mathematics through geology to biology. We encourage the participation of students who are interested in not only investigating in depth a specific subject, but who are also interested in a broader, more integrative approach to science.

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  • Picture of Prof. Brian Berkowitz

    Prof. Brian Berkowitz

    Development of chemical methods for remediation of water polluted by organic compounds and heavy metals.
    Fluid flow and chemical transport in groundwater systems.
    Percolation, scaling and statistical physics models of structural and dynamic processes in geological formations.
    Experimental and theoretical analysis of reactive transport and precipitation/dissolution patterns in porous media.

  • Picture of Dr. Itay Halevy

    Dr. Itay Halevy

    The co-evolution of planetary climate and geochemistry on multiple timescales
    The geological and geochemical history of Earth, planets and satellites
    Global biogeochemical cycles and their interaction with the climate system
    Drivers and consequences of episodes of global climatic and geochemical change

  • Picture of Prof. Jacob Karni

    Prof. Jacob Karni

    Carbon dioxide dissociation using concentrated solar energy
    Development of directly irradiated solar receivers.
    Energy transport in particles seeded flows at high temperature.
    Development of alternative fuels and their production methods using solar energy
    Carbon dioxide dissociation using concentrated solar energy

  • Picture of Dr. Yohai Kaspi

    Dr. Yohai Kaspi

    Geophysical fluid dynamics
    Atmospheric dynamics on Earth and other planets
    Storm track dynamics
    Geostrophic turbulence
    Climate dynamics
    Planetary interiors
    Gravitational signature of internal dynamics on giant planets
    Jets on giant planets
    Internal tides
    The Juno mission to Jupiter

  • Picture of Prof. Ilan Koren

    Prof. Ilan Koren

    The twilight zone - convective clouds and their interaction with the free atmosphere
    Collaboration with:  NOAA-ESRL Boulder CO.
    Anthropogenic Effects on Clouds and Precipitation and the Derived Climate Forcing
    Collaboration with:  NASA-GSFC, UMBC
    Cloud microphysics and dynamics
    Cloud classification and cloud textures and morphology

  • Picture of Prof. Yinon Rudich

    Prof. Yinon Rudich

    Health effects of atmospheric particulate matter
    Ice nucleation by atmospheric particles
    The transport of microorganisms in the atmosphere and their possible biogeochemical effects
    Optical properties of atmospheric organic aerosols

  • Picture of Prof. Dan Yakir

    Prof. Dan Yakir

    Developing the use of stable isotopes (in particular, 13C, 18O, 15N, 2H) as tracers of biogeochemical cycles on land.
    Environmental and climatic influence on the exchange of trace gases and energy between plants, soil and the atmosphere.
    Climatic influence on the natural abundance of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen isotopes in CO2, O2, H2O and organic matter.