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CHAOS Water+Energy+Urban Symposium

CHAOS Lab symposium on the Energy Water Nexus and the role of carbon and natural systems for the challenges in our urban environment and infrastructures

  • 9:00 am: Welcome message and Introduction to Energy+Water+Urban by Dr. Forrest Meggers

  • 9:30 am: Noah Stern, Water + Carbon + Environment. Followed by Q/A

    The Water and Carbon cycles are arguably the most important cycles for humankind to understand. The water cycle is the largest cycle on the planet, and the carbon cycle is at the heart of the threat of climate change. Current models of sediment carbon dynamics focus on preservation of organic carbon through formation of carbon-mineral aggregates. However, the preservation of carbon in these soil aggregates depends on their stability. My research focuses on the importance of particulate organic carbon in the development of microbial hot-spots where highly elevated release rates of CO2 and CH4 occur. Connecting the contribution of particulate organic carbon to the freshwater carbon cycle has large implications for natural and engineered environments.

  • 10:00 am: Hongshan Guo & Erica Edwards, NSF-SRN UWIN – Urban water, humidity, surfaces and radiant comfort

  • 11:00 am: Eric Teitelbaum & Michael Bozlar,
    I.) Applications of Liquid Desiccant in Building Dehumidification.
    II.) Evaporative Cooling using Hydrophilic Substrates

  • 12:00 pm: James Coleman & Nicholas Houchois, Distributed and Intelligent Sensors

  • 12:30 pm: Concluding remarks by Forrest Meggers

  • 12.45 pm Adjourn – Lunch

Forrest meets with collaborators at Berkeley Center for the Built Environment

Forrest was invited to Berkeley for the annual meeting of the CBE including meetings with former collaborator in Singapore and at Princeton, Jovan Pantelic, in his new role as professional researcher at the Berkeley Center for the Built Environment. Research in advanced sensors, comfort, and radiant heating and cooing were all discussed, and current CHAOS research projects were well-received and many potential collaborations were¬†initiated. Forrest also met with Prof. Ed Arens, who shares a mutual appreciation for the Olgyay research in Princeton in the 50’s and 60’s. Arens will be a Highlight Seminar speaker at the Andlinger Center Feb 8th.

http://www.cbe.berkeley.edu/