Conceptual Models

Understanding critical zone architecture lies at the center of research in Boulder Creek CZO.  Topography, soils, weathered rock, and ecosystems develop through weathering, erosion, and ecological processes over time.  The CZ architecture inherited from that history then impacts current function as a hydrologic, biogeochemical, and sediment producing system.

10Be on hillslopes

Models of 10Be on hillslopes require acknowledgement of transport within the mobile regolith
Cosmogenic radionuclide concentrations in hillslopes evolve by production, decay, and lateral transport of nuclides in regolith.


Front Range schema

The geomorphic systems of the Front Range and the High Plains
The geomorphic systems of the Front Range and the High Plains are linked.


Landscape linkages

Hillslopes between rapidly downcutting streams steepen in the wake of propagating knickpoints
Hillslopes between rapidly downcutting streams steepen in the wake of propagating knickpoints.



BcCZO Conceptual Sketch

BcCZO Conceptual Sketch