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Because Critical Zone (CZ) Science is so important and new, it is vital to help everyone learn about it: STEM education professionals, their students, general public, and others. CZ Science is well suited for the K-12 Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

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× A view from Mt. Lemmon.  Two hikers stand on a rock outcrop and look down onto the steep valleys below.

Grades K - Professional

Mt. Lemmon science tour app

All Disciplines

App • Tour

Use a narrative "science tour" app for the drive up Mt. Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona. Travel from desert to pine forest, listening to the audio guide and watching slideshows and videos. Learn how our world is sustained by natural environments, systems, and cycles.

Educational Objectives

Describe the natural history of Mt. Lemmon with special attention to geology and biology. The tour follows the Catalina Highway to the top of Mt. Lemmon.

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Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education • Research Community

Observatory: Catalina-Jemez CZO

Author: Producer: Shipherd Reed (Univ. of Arizona)

Funding: NSF CZO, Contributions from UA College of Science and other regional organizations

× Screenshot of a webpage including a Google Street View spherical panorama of a highly instrumented tree at the Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory.

Grades 3 - 16

Technical tools of real and virtual fieldwork

All Disciplines

Virtual Fieldwork • Activity • Project

See an annotated list of technical tools for creating Virtual Fieldwork Experiences about a site. Tools include smartphone apps for capturing imagery and other data as well as accessing information (ie geologic maps). Desktop and web-based software is also included, as is some hardware.

Educational Objectives

Users will both create and access media to explain why a site looks the way it does.

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Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education • Research Community

Observatory: National CZO

Author: Don Haas (PRI)

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× A screengrab of the Critical Zone entry in Oxford Bibliographies.

Grades 13 - Professional

Critical Zone Oxford Bibliography

All Disciplines

Article • Information

Delve into Critical Zone Science (history, future directions, and components) via an annotated bibliography of selected resources (last updated May 2016). Note that access to all of the content requires a subscription to Oxford Bibliographies.

Educational Objectives

This resource is an annotated bibliography of Critical Zone related selected resources, making it a gateway to satisfying a wide range of objectives.

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Audience: Higher Education • Research Community

Observatory: National CZO

Author: Tim White (Penn State) and Sarah Sharkey (Penn State)

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Sarah
Sharkey


Funding: NSF CZO

× Screenshot from a video showing several drainages in cultivated fields.  Screenshot is from a webinar titled 'Blue Revolution: Water scarcity in a changing world'

Grades 13 - Professional

2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society

All Disciplines

Video

Watch six science lectures that highlight the importance of the Critical Zone on society and environmental sustainability. Many topics are discussed including soil degradation, drought resilience, water security, flooding, landslides, wildfire, ecosystem services, public policy, and more.

Educational Objectives

Viewers will be able to discuss the aspects of the CZ vulnerable to the presence of humanity, and how they may be altered due to global climate and land-use change. 

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Audience: Higher Education • Research Community

Observatory: National CZO • Catalina-Jemez CZO • IML CZO • Shale Hills CZO • Sierra CZO

Author: Susan Brantley (PSU), David Breshears (UoA), Jason Field (UoA, Praveen Kumar (UIllinois), Roger Bales (UC-Merced), Jon Pelletier (UoA) and Steve Banwart (ULeeds)

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David
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Jason
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Praveen
Kumar

Roger
Bales

Jon
Pelletier


Contact:

Sarah
Sharkey