Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs) are natural watershed laboratories for investigating Earth surface processes mediated by fresh water. Research at the CZO scale seeks to understand these little-known coupled processes through monitoring of streams, climate/weather and groundwater. CZOs are instrumented for hydrogeochemical measurements and are sampled for soil, canopy and bedrock materials. CZOs involve teams of cross-disciplinary scientists whose research is motivated and implemented by both field and theoretical approaches, and include substantial education and outreach.
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CZO Brochure (5 MB PDF)
CZO Poster (3 MB PDF)
2012 Article in International Innovation Environment (20 pg, 8 MB PDF) Note: this article discusses 6 observatories in detail. But the program subsequently expanded to 9 observatories.
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