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Understanding interfaces

We study critical zone architecture, the processes responsible for its evolution, and the ecological and hydrological services it provides, in a landscape with erosion histories that vary significantly across the catchment.

 

Questions:

  • What is the legacy of climate and geologic history in critical zone architecture?
  • How are the dynamics of key interfaces within the critical zone governed?
  • What are the feedbacks between hydrologic and ecological processes and critical zone evolution?
  • How do landscape position, slope aspect, microclimate and rock properties control the evolution of the critical zone?

Specific research projects in Boulder Creek CZO >>

 

Research News

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The frontier beneath our feet — an AGU commentary on the critical zone

21 Apr 2017 - AGU has published a collection of commentaries highlighting the important role Earth and space science research plays in society.

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2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society

06 Apr 2017 - 2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society.

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EOS: Bark Beetles Cause Big Tree Die-Offs, but Streams Flow Steadily

10 Mar 2016 - EOS article written by Lily Strelich features research conducted by CZO investigators and their colleagues, which shows that bark beetle epidemics...

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Korean KNU CZO visit great success!

01 Feb 2016 - BcCZO‬ had a great visit from the ‪KNU‬ ‪‎CZO‬ in South Korea. A new CZO that has been funded for about 5 months...

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Suzanne Anderson’s presentation inspired this great comic strip by Miles Traer!

23 Dec 2015 - AGU 2015 was a great sucess this year, and inspired this great little cartoon by Miles Traer. Miles has been working with the American Geophysical...

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BcCZO at AGU (American Geophysical Union) 14-18 Dec, 2015. Abstracts on the website!

02 Dec 2015 - Criticalzone Science at AGU (American Geophysical Union) fall meeting 2015 December 14-18. 2015 Fall Meeting Program Download the CZO...

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Robert Anderson one of four faculty members receive high honor for research, teaching, and service

06 Nov 2015 - Leaders in science, medicine are newest University of Colorado Distinguished Professors

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New study suggests bedrock weathering based on topography

30 Oct 2015 - St. Clair et al. suggest tectonic stresses interact with topography to influence bedrock weathering.

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Sheila Murphy USGS press release “Storms after Wildfire Lead to Impaired Water Quality”

01 Oct 2015 - Fourmile Canyon fire September 2010, burned about 6,000 acres in Boulder County, CO. Storms after wildfire led to downstream water-quality impairment.

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Anderson Receives 2015 G. K. Gilbert Award

17 Sep 2015 - From the Eos LogoEarth & Space Science News. Robert Anderson will receive the 2015 G. K. Gilbert Award at the 2015 American Geophysical Union...

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Critical Zone Profiles - Meet the people doing CZO science (Boulder Creek CZO)

07 Sep 2015 - Get a sense of the people and the work. Several members of the Boulder Creek CZO are profiled here, including students and professors.

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Research Experience for Community College Students (RECCS) Interns give presentations July 29 and 30

30 Jul 2015 - Research Experience for Community College Students in Critical Zone Science interns gave talks and posters on their work on July 29 and 30,...

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Geology paper about Boulder flood on release picked up by the press.

01 Apr 2015 - The Boulder Creek CZO and coauthors are highlighted in recent articles for their analysis of flooding and debris flows from the historic 2013...


Fieldwork of Dreams RECCS

25 May 2017 - Research Experience for Community College Students program inspires budding Colorado scientists

CZOs at AGU 2016

22 Nov 2016 - CZOs at AGU 2016: Agenda and award recipients

Critical Zone Q&A with researcher Adrian Harpold

19 Oct 2016 - University of Nevada Reno's Adrian Harpold reflects on his past and present time researching at Critical Zone Observatories.

Shale Hills hosts eight-member delegation from China

09 Sep 2016 - To further their knowledge in critical zone research, a delegation of geologists from the China Geological Survey (CGS) and students from the China...

Cold Springs fire update

11 Jul 2016 - From Bill Bowman up at Mountain Research Station: After a conference call with CU Risk Management and Police Department this morning, the decision...

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Example Publications

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Regional sensitivities of seasonal snowpack to elevation, aspect, and vegetation cover in western North America. Christopher J. Tennant, Adrian A. Harpold, Kathleen Ann Lohse, Sarah E. Godsey, Benjamin T. Crosby, Laurel G. Larsen, Paul D. Brooks, Robert W. Van Kirk, Nancy F. Glenn (2017): Water Resources Research 53 Cross-CZO National

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Quantifying the effects of wildfire on changes in soil properties by surface burning of soils from the Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory. Wieting, C., Ebel, B. A., Singha, K. (2017): Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies Volume 13, October 2017, Pages 43-57

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Geochemical evolution of the Critical Zone across variable time scales informs concentration-discharge relationships: Jemez River Basin Critical Zone Observatory. McIntosh J.C., Schaumberg C., Perdrial J., Harpold A., Vázquez-Ortega A., Rasmussen C., Vinson D., Zapata-Rios X., Brooks P.D., Meixner T., Pelletier J., Derry L., Chorover J. (2017): Water Resources Research 53(5): 4169–4196 Cross-CZO National

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Topographically driven differences in energy and water constrain climatic control on forest carbon sequestration. Swetnam T.L., Brooks P.D., Barnard H.R., Harpold A.A., and Gallo E.L. (2017): Ecosphere 8(4): e01797 Cross-CZO

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Variation of organic matter quantity and quality in streams at Critical Zone Observatory watersheds. Miller, Matthew P., Boyer, Elizabeth W., McKnight, Diane M., Brown, Michael G., Gabor, Rachel S., Hunsaker, Carolyn T., Iavorivska, Lidiia, Inamdar, Shreeram, Johnson, Dale W., Kaplan, Louis A., Lin, Henry, McDowell, William H., Perdrial, Julia N. (2016): Water Resources Research, 52 (10): 8202–8216 Cross-CZO

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Geophysical imaging reveals topographic stress control of bedrock weathering. St. Clair, J., S. Moon, W. S. Holbrook, J. T. Perron, C. S. Riebe, S. J. Martel, B. Carr, C. Harman, K. Singha, D. deB. Richter (2015): Science, 30 October 2015, Vol. 350, no. 6260, pp. 534-538 Cross-CZO National

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Linkages between denitrification and organic matter quality, Boulder Creek Watershed, CO. Barnes, R.T., R.L. Smith, and G.R. Aiken (2012): Journal of Geophysical Research- VOL. 117, G01014, 14 PP


Concentration-discharge relationships during an extreme event: Contrasting behavior of solutes and changes to chemical quality of dissolved organic material in the Boulder Creek Watershed during the September 2013 flood. Rue, G.P., Rock, N. D., Gabor, R. S., Pitlick, J., Tfaily, M., McKnight, D. M. (2017): Water Resources Research

A model of three-dimensional topographic stresses with implications for bedrock fractures, surface processes, and landscape evolution. Moon, S., J.T. Perron, S.J. Martel, W.S. Holbrook, and J. St. Clair (2017): Journal of Geophysical Research: Earth Surface 122 (4): 823-846 Cross-CZO

Designing a network of critical zone observatories to explore the living skin of the terrestrial Earth. Brantley, S.L., McDowell, W.H., Dietrich, W.E., White, T.S., Kumar, P., Anderson, S., Chorover, J., Lohse, K.A., Bales, R.C., Richter, D., Grant, G., and Gaillardet, J. (2017): Earth Surface Dynamics Cross-CZO National

Sources of streamflow along a headwater catchment elevational gradient. Cowie, R. M., Knowlesa, J. F., Daileya, K. R., Williamsa, M. W., Millsa, T. J., Molotch, N. P. (2017): Journal of Hydrology Volume 549, June 2017, Pages 163–178

Dating of river terraces along Lefthand Creek. Foster, M.A., Anderson, R.S., Gray, H.J., and Mahan, S.A (2017): Geomorphology

Reviews and syntheses: On the roles trees play in building and plumbing the Critical Zone. Brantley, Susan L., David M. Eissenstat, Jill A. Marshall, Sarah E. Godsey, Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, Diana L. Karwan, Shirley A. Papuga, Joshua Roering, Todd E. Dawson, Jaivime Evaristo, Oliver Chadwick, Jeffrey J. McDonnell, Kathleen C. Weathers (2017): Biogeosciences Discussions Cross-CZO National

Critical zone properties control the fate of nitrogen during experimental rainfall in montane forests of the Colorado Front Range. Hinckley, E. S., Ebel, B. A., Barnes, R. T., Murphy, S. F., Anderson, S. P. (2017): Biogeochemistry (2017) 132: 213. doi:10.1007/s10533-017-0299-8

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