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Topics range from the function of Earth's 'living skin' to interactions between climate and bedrock

Scientists at NSF's Critical Zone Observatories will present new results at the AGU conference.

Scientists at NSF's Critical Zone Observatories will present new results at the AGU conference.
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November 16, 2016
The thin veneer of Earth's surface that stretches from the top of the forest canopy to the base of bedrock is known as the "critical zone." It's where fresh water flows, rock turns to soil, and life flourishes.
To provide a deeper understanding of the critical zone, the National Science Foundation (NSF) supports nine Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs) that stretch from coast to coast. CZO scientists study how the critical zone responds to changes in climate and land use.
At the upcoming American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting, Dec. 12-16, dozens of CZO researchers will present new results on a range of topics, from the structure, function and evolution of Earth's "living skin" to the interactions between climate and rocks.
Researchers at NSF's CZOs are working to answer such questions as:
  • How do landscapes evolve over human timescales and over millennia, and how is that process affected by the presence and flow of water?
  • How do soil and weathered bedrock move down hillslopes, and how are they linked with the evolution of channels that often surround the bases of these hillslopes?
  • How do biological processes affect physical processes such as erosion and weathering?
  • Are there signals in the landscape that can tell us about past climates and about how landscapes responded then, or might respond in the future, to climate change?
Below is a list of selected CZO talks, posters and events at the AGU meeting, which will take place in San Francisco. For more on NSF's CZOs, please see: Critical Zone Observatory Network and NSF CZO Discovery Article Series.
Monday, Dec. 12
Microbial Geochemistry and Geomicrobiology: From DNA to Rock I Posters
Saturated and Unsaturated Preferential Flow and Transport across Hydrological Scales in the Critical Zone Posters
CZO Geophysical Information for Teachers (GIFT) Workshop:
The Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory Virtual Fieldwork Experience

Tuesday, Dec. 13
Town Hall: Critical Zone Observatories: Platforms for Collaborative Science
Wednesday, Dec. 14
Control from Above and Below: Interactions between Climate and Lithology in Landscape Evolution I
Thursday, Dec. 15
The Architecture and Workings of Earth's Critical Zone I
The Architecture and Workings of Earth's Critical Zone II
The Architecture and Workings of Earth's Critical Zone III Posters
Friday, Dec. 16
Modeling the Critical Zone: Integrating Processes and Data across Disciplines and Scales I
Modeling the Critical Zone: Integrating Processes and Data across Disciplines and Scales II Posters
The Critical Zone: Revealing the Structure, Function, and Evolution of Earth's Living Skin
-NSF-

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Where rock meets life: Earth's critical zone extends from tree canopy to bedrock.
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Science in the snow: Downloading data on trees at the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory.
Science in the snow: Downloading data on trees at the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory.
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Autumn at the Reynolds Creek CZO in Southwest Idaho; carbon in soil is a research focus.
Autumn at the Reynolds Creek CZO in Southwest Idaho; carbon in soil is a research focus.
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Researchers study Northern California's Eel River watershed at one of NSF's nine CZO sites.
Researchers study Northern California's Eel River watershed at one of NSF's nine CZO sites.
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The Intensively Managed Landscapes CZO site in Illinois-Iowa-Minnesota: much land-use change.
The Intensively Managed Landscapes CZO site in Illinois-Iowa-Minnesota: much land-use change.
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