2017 Arlington Meeting for Critical Zone Science


"Critical Zone Science: Current Advances and Future Opportunities”. Arlington, VA (near NSF).
DEADLINE: 01 APRIL 2017 for registration & optional abstract.

Hilton Hotel, Arlington, Virginia

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Registration is closed. We are at capacity. If you are a confirmed participant but can no longer attend, email CriticalZoneOrg@gmail.com


Updates: Preliminary Agenda 2017-03-24 (3-page PDF)

At this NSF-sponsored workshop, we will assess the current state of Critical Zone science and consider how the next iteration of a Critical Zone science program can address key scientific, societal and educational questions about the Critical Zone. The theme is "Critical Zone Science: Current Advances and Future Opportunities." 

Wide Range of Participants: We seek participants from the current NSF Critical Zone Observatory program and from international Critical Zone science initiatives.  Further, we especially seek participants from those with experience in other environmental science observing networks and researchers with interest in Critical Zone science who have not been formally associated with the CZO program.  Early career scientists are strongly encouraged to participate, and there will be a series of short talks and posters where developing CZ science can be presented.  We anticipate additional participants from government agencies and nongovernmental organizations who are interested in the future of Earth's surface environment.

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200 Participant Meeting Capacity: We will make every effort to accommodate a wide spectrum of scientists interested in the Critical Zone.

Convenient Location:  The meeting will be held at the Hilton Arlington Hotel, next to NSF offices and adjacent to the Ballston Metro station.

Free On-Site Support:  No fees.  We anticipate NSF support will cover on-site costs: registration, abstract submittal, shared room, and meals. Meeting capacity is 200 participants.

Shared Room for Two Nights: Sunday and Monday nights. If you have a roommate preference, please email us their name and cc them on the email. Single rooms are not available. For a single room, you will need to make a reservation at the hotel of your choosing and cover this cost (no reimbursement). 

Limited Travel Support: Limited funds are available to partially offset travel costs for some participants. We will give preference to students and early career scientists in distributing these funds.

Schedule: Sunday June 4th - evening plenary address and icebreaker reception.  Monday June 5th - sessions.  Tuesday June 6th - sessions.  Meeting ending by 5:00 pm on Tuesday. 

Abstract submittal is optional: We will fit in as many presentations as we can; most will be posters. Abstract text is limited to 2000 characters, including spaces.

Further Information:  Check here in the coming weeks for more information on agenda, travel, lodging, etc.  

Contact: Email CriticalZoneOrg@gmail.com


1) What are the most important fundamental and societally relevant Critical Zone science challenges?

2) What research framework (observatories and/or other approaches) is required to address these challenges?

Posted on 2017-03-24

Sunday June 4th 
3:00 pm - arrival and check-in at Hilton Arlington
7:00 pm - Plenary address
8:00 pm - Icebreaker reception
9:30 pm - End of day

Monday June 5th
8:00 am - Introductions
8:30 am - Scientific talks
10:30 am - Poster sessions
12:00 pm - Working lunch
1:00 pm - Scientific talks
2:10 pm - Breakout group sessions
4:30 pm - Plenary discussion, Reports from breakout groups
5:30 pm - Invited Talk
6:00 pm - Poster session continued
6:30 pm - Cash Bar
7:30 pm - Dinner, after-dinner discussion with Richard Yuretich
9:00 pm - End of day

Tuesday June 6th
8:00 am - Invited talks
9:00 am - Scientific talks
10:15 am - Plenary discussion
11:00 am - Scientific talks
12:00 pm - Lunch and address from NSF speakers
1:30 pm - Breakout discussion groups
3:30 pm - Reports from breakout groups
4:00 pm - Writing teams
5:00 pm - End of day 


Preliminary Agenda 2017-03-24 (3-page PDF)


Program Committee Chair
Bill McDowell - Luquillo CZO and Univ. of New Hampshire (email)

Program Committee Members
Praveen Kumar, IML CZO and U. Illinois (email)
Jon Chorover, Jemez-Catalina CZO and U. Arizona (email)
Adam Wymore, Univ. of New Hampshire (email)
Pam Sullivan, Univ. of Kansas (email)
Louis Derry, CZO National Office, Cornell University (email)

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Images from multiple US NSF Critical Zone Observatories, highlighting the wide range of timescales that need to be considered.


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