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Historical land use dynamics in the highly degraded landscape of the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory. Coughlan, Michael R., Donald R. Nelson, Michael Lonneman, and Ashley E. Block (2017): Land 6(2), 32


Integration of fuzzy logic and image analysis for the detection of gullies in the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory using airborne LiDAR data. Noto, L. V., S. Bastola, Y. G. Dialynas, E. Arnone, and R. L. Bras (2017): ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 126: 209-224


Expanding the role of reactive transport models in critical zone processes. Li Li, Kate Maher, Alexis Navarre-Sitchler, JennyDruhan, Christof Meile, Corey Lawrence, Joel Moore, Julia Perdrial, Pamela Sullivan, Aaron Thompson, Lixin Jin, EdwardW. Bolton, Susan L. Brantley, William E. Dietrich, K. Ulrich Mayer, Carl I. Steefel, Albert Valocchi, John Zachara, Benjamin Kocar, Jennifer Mcintosh, Benjamin M. Tutolo, Mukesh Kumar, Eric Sonnenthal, Chen Bao, Joe Beisman (2017): Earth-Science Reviews, 165:280-301 Cross-CZO


Hydro-geomorphic perturbations on the soil-atmosphere CO2 exchange: How (un)certain are our balances?. Dialynas, Y. G., R. L. Bras, and D. deB. Richter (2017): Water Resources Research, 53


Special issue of The Earth Scientist about the Critical Zone and the US NSF Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) program. CZO Education/Outreach team (2016): The Earth Scientist, Volume XXXII, Issue 3, Fall 2016 Cross-CZO National


Clays in the Critical Zone: An Introduction . Paul Schroeder (2016): Clays and Clay Minerals 65 (5): 586-587


Topographic variability and the influence of soil erosion on the carbon cycle. Dialynas, Y. G., S. Bastola., R. L. Bras, S. A. Billings, D. Markewitz, and D. deB. Richter (2016): Global Biogeochemical Cycles 30(5): 644-660


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


Chapter 2 – The Role of Critical Zone Observatories in Critical Zone Science. White T., Brantley S., Banwart S., Chorover J., Dietrich W., Derry L., Lohse K., Anderson S., Aufdendkampe A., Bales R., Kumar P., Richter D., McDowell B. (2015): Developments in Earth Surface Processes 19: 15–78 Cross-CZO National


Frontiers in International Critical Zone Science - Beijing, China Workshop Report . Banwart, S. and Zhu, C. (2015): Beijing Workshop Report, May 21-23, 2014 Cross-CZO National


Common Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) Infrastructure and Measurements. J. Chorover, S. Anderson, A. K. Aufdenkampe, R. C. Bales, S. L. Brantley, W. Dietrich, P. Kumar, K. A. Lohse, W. McDowell, D. Richter, T. White (2015): A Guide Prepared By CZO PIs, May 05, 2015 Cross-CZO National


'One Physical System': Tansley's ecosystem as Earth's critical zone. Richter, D. deB., and S.A. Billings (2015): New Phytologist 206 (3): 900-912


Diachronous beginnings of the Anthropocene: The lower bounding surface of anthropogenic deposits. Edgeworth, M., D.deB. Richter, C. Waters, P. Haff, C. Neal, S.J. Price (2015): The Anthropocene Review 2 (1): 33-58


Surficial gains and subsoil losses of soil carbon and nitrogen during secondary forest development. Mobley, Megan L., Kate Lajtha, Marc G. Kramer, Allan R. Bacon, Paul R. Heine and Daniel deB. Richter (2015): Global Change Biology 21(2): 986-996


Evolution of Soil, Ecosystem, and Critical Zone Research at the USDA FS Calhoun Experimental Forest. Richter, D. deB., A.R. Bacon, S.A. Billings, D. Binkley, M. Buford, M.A. Callaham, A.E. Curry, R.L. Fimmen, A. S. Grandy, P.R. Heine, M. Hofmockel, J.A. Jackson, E. LeMaster, J. Li, D. Markewitz, M.L. Mobley, M.W. Morrison, M.S. Strickland, T. Waldrop, and C. G. Wells (2014): In: USDA Forest Service Experimental Forests and Ranges: Research for the Long Term, Chapter: 18, Publisher: Springer Verlag, Editors: D.C. Hayes, S.L. Stout, R.H. Crawford, A.P. Hoover, pp. 405-433



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

Multiple outflows, spatial components, and nonlinearities in age theory. Calabrese, S., and Porporato, A. (2017): Water Resources Research, 53 (1): 110-126

On the dynamic smoothing of mountains. Bonetti, S., and Porporato, A. (2017): Geophysical Research Letters, in press

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

Aging exo-enzymes can create temporally shifting, temperature-dependent resource landscapes for microbes. Billings, S., K. Min, F. Ballantyne IV, Y. Chen, M. Sellers (2016): Biogeochemistry 131:163-172

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Rapid turnover and minimal accretion of mineral soil carbon during 60-years of pine forest growth on previously cultivated land. Richter, D., M.L. Mobley, S.A. Billings, and D. Markewitz (2016): American Geophysical Union 2016 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Projecting soil feedbacks to atmospheric CO2 following erosion and deposition on centennial timescales in two contrasting forests: A study of critical zone-atmosphere exchange. Billings, S.A., D. Richter, S.E. Ziegler, K.L. Prestegaard (2016): American Geophysical Union 2016 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

Subsurface and terrain controls on runoff generation in deep soil landscapes. Mallard, J.M., B.L. McGlynn, and D. Richter (2016): American Geophysical Union 2016 Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA

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Pedogenesis and Anthropedogenesis on the Southern Piedmont. Bacon, Allan Roy (2014): PhD Dissertation, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

An Ecosystem Approach to Dead Plant Carbon over 50 years of Old-Field Forest Development. Mobley, Megan Leigh (2011): PhD Dissertation, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

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