The CZOs strive to educate the general public.
Study of the Critical Zone is a new and evolving realm of science - by necessity, the CZO education and outreach effort has focused on the Earth science community. Nonetheless, the CZOs strive to educate the general public, for example through our presence at the second U.S. Science and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C. during April 2012. Our exhibit booth included a variety of pamphlets as well as hands-on activities: geologists demonstrated various processes of weathering and erosion, ecologists showed how to determine the leaf-area index of a forest, and hydrologists used on-line tools to show how land use change affects hydrologic characteristics of a landscape.
Grades 9 - 14
Information • Video
A short web page that answers questions like: what is the Critical Zone? Why it is so important? Why does it need to be studied? The page includes text, images, and video.
Be able to discuss where the Critical Zone fits on Earth's surface and its importance to Humans and all life.
Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education
Observatory: National CZO • Boulder CZO • Calhoun CZO • Catalina-Jemez CZO • Christina CZO • Eel CZO • IML CZO • Luquillo CZO • Reynolds CZO • Shale Hills CZO • Sierra CZO
Author: CZO National Office
Grades 9 - 12
Video • Tour
Watch three sets of videos about the Boulder Creek CZO, spanning from the Continental Divide (4120 m) down to the western edge of the Plains (1480 m). CZO researchers describe their fieldwork and data collection, supporting CZO science in the Rocky Mountains.
This video series includes several videos addressing a range of objectives. This includes, but is not limited to:
Note that the page has three embedded videos but includes a link to the Boulder Creek's YouTube page with many more.
Audience: K-12 • General Public
Observatory: Boulder CZO
Author: Marshall Frech (Vantage Point Media), Suzanne Anderson (BcCZO PI) and staff from the Boulder Creek CZO
Funding: NSF CZO
Grades 3 - 14
Virtual Fieldwork • Activity • Curriculum • Lesson Plan • Computer Activity
This webpage serves as an introduction to both CZ science and the use of Virtual Fieldwork Experiences (VFEs) for exploration of the CZ. Embedded within this page you will find VFEs of Shale Hills Susquehanna, Southern Sierra CZO and Luquillo CZOs.
Objectives for specific VFEs are included within those VFEs.
Grades 3 - 16
Biology/Ecology • GIS/RemoteSensing • SoilScience/Pedology
Virtual Fieldwork • Computer Activity • Demo • Dataset
This kmz file contains basic data on every large tree within the Shale Hills catchment, including species and Diameter at Breast Height (DBH). Explore the data and look for patterns of species distributions by clicking on and off different species. This file is included within the Shale Hills VFE.
The listed objectives are suggestive. Teachers may design activities using the dataset with their own objectives.
The survey can also serve as a model for surveying trees (or other elements) in your local environment.
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.
06 Nov 2018 (National, Boulder, Eel, Reynolds, Sierra) - Marshall Receives 2018 Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award
28 Oct 2018 (IML) - Laura Keefer, head of the Watershed Science Section at the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS), has been named Illinois state hydrologist.
24 Oct 2018 (Sierra) - Meet forest ecologist Jeff Lauder! Lauder's research focuses on Sierra Nevada Conifers and how they have been responding to stress during drought!