Our lives depend upon what happens in the Critical Zone. All life on land depends upon what happens in the Critical Zone. Yet, what happens in the Critical Zone is not broadly understood. Indeed, most people have never heard of the Critical Zone or of Critical Zone Science. We aim to change that. Building broad understanding of Critical Zone processes for the public, and for both scientists and future scientists are the primary goals of our Critical Zone education and outreach programs.
Through research and education opportunities associated with each CZO, cross-CZO scientific endeavors, and annual meetings, we engage young scientists in Critical Zone science, developing a new cadre of future CZO leadership. The necessity of understanding Critical Zone processes globally was recognized early in the development of CZOs, and through international partnerships, U.S. graduate students have benefited their home CZOs as well as their personal career pursuits through travel to European labs and field sites to engage in collaborative learning and research.
The CZOs offer a great opportunity for the Earth sciences community to explain to the public how hypotheses are tested and experiments are conducted, as well as to share exciting scientific results and their societal relevance.
For AGU 2018, we've assembled a two-page document with examples of CZO education-outreach activities.
See the handout
Place-based Earth Science Education, Teacher Professional Development, & Curriculum Development
CZO National Office Coordinator
The CZO Virtual Institute is part of NSF's Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI). It aims to develop workshops, support graduate and post-doctoral research primarily on cross-CZO, common measurement-based projects, and further the development of web-based collaboration tools on CZEN.org. The project has implemented CZO workshops, a summer interns program and an international scholars program to promote collaboration in and out of the network towards common measurement-based CZ science.
20 Mar 2019 (National) - The 2019 Gran Paradise Summer School "Critical Zone and Ecosystem Dynamics across Space and Time" will be held 8-17 July 2019 in Piedmont, Italy.
19 Mar 2019 (National) - Example activities assembled for AGU Fall Meeting 2018, Washington, D.C. Includes a two-page PDF handout.
24 Jan 2019 (Shale Hills) - Without a winter warmup, students forgo the field for the classroom to discover what is in the HACH box. The 2018-2019 TeenShale cohort...
14 Nov 2018 (Sierra) - Say 'Hello!' to biogeochemist Morgan Barnes! Morgan specializes in the study of soil nutrient biogeochemistry, focusing on phosphorus in the Sierras
14 Nov 2018 (Calhoun) - How critical zone science unearths secrets: The new cross-disciplinary field of study concerns itself with the living skin of the Earth.
14 Nov 2018 (Shale Hills) - The Annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union is a worldwide conference for geophysical sciences, which brings together space scietists,...