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Our Vision

EcoSIM is an advanced simulation framework for the realistic portrayal of plant-soil-microbe interactions across scales. Combined with novel sensors and next-generation data capabilities, EcoSIM will provide game-changing solutions needed to understand and predict complex ecosystems under changing, real-world conditions.

What is

EcoSIM is an advanced simulation framework for the realistic portrayal of plant-soil-microbe interactions across scales that can be used to evaluate observed results from DOE research, and extended to a wide range of land modeling applications. EcoSIM capabilities aim to:

The development, testing, and application of EcoSIM will revolutionize DOE’s predictive capability of ecosystem processes at multiple temporal and spatial scales and enable direct use of BioEPIC measurements to improve understanding of ecosystem dynamics.

Bill Riley

Exploring Environmental-Biological Feedbacks Across Scales

BioEPIC, a 73,000 square-foot facility under development on the Berkeley Lab campus, will provide the expertise and capabilities to sense, manipulate, and simulate biological-environmental interactions across scales: from molecules to ecosystems and from seconds to decades. EcoSIM will:

Our Research

EcoSIM develops new simulation capabilities for DOE-supported explorations into watershed functioning and belowground biogeochemistry led by Berkeley Lab.

Developing new theories to integrate how biology and the environment interact

New and existing theories to integrate biophysics, metabolism, ecology and evolution of microbes and plants with their dynamic physical and chemical environment.

Improving the representation of microbes in soil biogeochemical models

Developing modular representations of soil biogeochemistry, including microbial metabolic, biophysical and energetic traits, redox biogeochemistry and interactions with the soil physical environment.

Representing plant functional traits in realistic soil environments

Developing modular representations of plant and soil physical and hydrological traits and their interactions with terrestrial hydrobiogeochemical cycles.

Placing fine scale plant-soil-microbe interactions in ecosystem contexts

Scaling plant-soil-microbial interactions in complex terrestrial ecosystems by representing multi-scale controls on hydrobiogeochemistry.

Our Experts

Berkeley Lab experts in hydrology, geophysics, microbiology, biogeochemistry and climate science are pioneering the development of an integrated suite of advanced sensing, data integration, and model simulation capabilities to quantify plant-soil-microbe interactions across scales. They are the individuals behind EcoSIM.

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