The IML-CZO engages researchers from many institutions across the Midwest for the collaborative, interdisciplinary study of the critical zone observatory in intensively managed (agricultural) landscapes. These wide-ranging partnerships generate many exciting new research approaches and ideas.
Recently, the IML-CZO engaged with Ashle Dere, assistant professor at tthe University of Nebraska-Omaha on the cooperative research on agricultural land use effects on the weathering of loess soils. We now have observatories in the IML-CZO and farther west in eastern Nebraska, where researchers are exploring the effects along a climactic gradient.
In addition, researchers took Sharon Billings of the University of Kansas on a tour of the Clear Creek watershed to explore her interest in investigating agricultural land use effects on the biological aspects of soil and soil resilience.
IML-CZO recently welcome three international undergraduate students from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, for a one-month visit to IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering at the University of Iowa. These three students (Sisi Chen, Zhou Chen, and Zijing Wang) engaged in hands-on fieldwork entailing the verification of deployed instrumentation, data collection, and extensive data processing. The students also participated in the annual CZO meeting at UIUC.
29 Jun 2018 - A new Illinois Extension online course is available: Where Does Eroded Soil Come From and Where Does It Go?
30 Oct 2017 - Water Resources Research published a new special collection in September 2017 featuring concentration-discharge research from multiple CZOs.
06 Apr 2017 - 2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society.
30 Jul 2015 - Purdue University will host a conference bringing together scientists from the U.S. and China to address global challenges involving the Earth's...
03 Nov 2014 - The US CZO National Office has organized a webinar on December 8, 2014 at 11AM - 12:30 PM ET.
02 Apr 2014 - March 31, 2014. Dr. Enriqueta Barrera (NSF CZO program director) and Dr. Gordon Grant (USFS; CZO Steering Committee chairperson)