Amy Rose: Tracing Footprints Across the Globe

For the last 10 years Amy Rose has captured the evolving trends of human activity across the globe. As a population research scientist working with the Lab's Geographic Information Science & Technology group and the Urban Dynamics Institute, Amy helps to characterize the development of human settlements and generate insights on human activity. The growth and movement of human populations are rapidly transforming the global landscape with profound effects for urban ecosystems. As people move in response to environmental, political and socioeconomic forces, new challenges emerge for urban residents and infrastructure. "We want to articulate the human footprint on earth in a relevant and meaningful way. Ultimately, we want to know how humans impact and are impacted by urban environments," Amy says.

Fueling the Future with Robert Wagner

Some engineers are attracted to fuels and engine research out of a love of cars. For Robert Wagner, however, enthusiasm for combustion science and chaos theory drew him to this area of research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). After years of delivering breakthroughs for cleaner, more efficient vehicles, Wagner is now director of the National Transportation Research Center (NTRC), the Department of Energy’s (DOE) only user facility dedicated to transportation technologies. In this role, Wagner provides strategic leadership to the NTRC, including developing external collaborations with industry, universities, and other national laboratories in coordination with the Sustainable Transportation Program to ensure the success and continued growth of ORNL’s transportation research.

UDI Leaders Bhaduri and Wagner Elected 2017 AAAS Fellows

Researchers Budhendra Bhaduri and Robert Wagner of Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and the Urban Dynamics Institute (UDI) have been elected Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of their substantial contributions to science and technology and demonstrated leadership across disciplines. An international non-profit, the AAAS is dedicated “to advancing science for the benefit of all people.” Fellows from diverse disciplines are elected annually based on merit for significant “efforts to advance science or its applications.”

UDI Well Represented at 2017 AGU Fall Meeting

The Urban Dynamics Institute (UDI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is making a strong showing at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) with over 30 presentations total from UDI researchers, collaborators, and industry partners. The 2017 AGU Fall Meeting, happening this week on December 11–15 in New Orleans, LA, is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world with wide attendance from the global geophysical sciences community.

Joshua New: Modeling Better Buildings for Energy Savings

Joshua New has an ambitious goal to increase the nation’s efficient use of energy: he wants to create a model of every building in America. All 130 million of them. For now, New and his colleagues in the Building Envelope and Urban Systems group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are creating virtual models of the buildings in a 535-square-mile service territory for the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga, Tennessee—roughly 170,000 in all. The modeling team has also simulated buildings on the ORNL campus and at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK). The AutoBEM (Automatic Building Energy Model) program they created for the work taps satellite imagery, street views, and other publicly available data and will give insight into a building’s size and energy makeup, everything from the number of windows to heating, ventilation, and cooling systems. Using the high-performance computing assets at ORNL, the program gathers those inputs, creates a building energy model, and decides which technologies might best be employed to save energy, whether it’s a smart thermostat, advanced water heater, or other improvements.