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 3 - 16
Biology/Ecology • GIS/RemoteSensing • SoilScience/Pedology
Virtual Fieldwork • Computer Activity • Demo • Dataset
This kmz file basic data on every large tree within the Shale Hills catchment, includng species and Diameter at Breat Height (DBH). Explore the data and look for patterns of species distributions by clicking on and off different species. It is also 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.
Grades 6 - 14
Learn about educational initiatives and resources for teaching CZ Science. This issue includes seven articles that describe approaches to teaching CZ Science, why teaching CZ Science is important, and how such approaches can satisfy NGSS expectations. Full access requires NAGT membership.
Describe a range of approaches to, and resources for, teaching CZ Science.
As this is a collection of seven articles, the educational objectives are too numerous to list here. They are listed in the individual entries for each article.
Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education
Observatory: National CZO • Luquillo CZO • Reynolds CZO • Shale Hills CZO
Author: D. Haas, T. White, S. McGee, N. Rodriguez, J.Z. Williams, S. Dykhoff, J. Pollak, S.L. Brantley, K.P. O’Neill, J.F. Rice, D. deB. Richter, C. Roemmele, S. Smith, A. Moore
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 9 - 12
Biology/Ecology • Hydrology • SoilScience/Pedology
In this blog post, learn how stable isotopes are used to determine a tree's water source.
Readers will be able to describe the possible sources of water for trees and the method used to determine a tree's water source.
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!