The NSF Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) project of the CZO National Office, titled “Crossing the Boundaries of Critical Zone Science with a Virtual Institute”, focuses on promoting interactions among researchers worldwide to develop cross-site science based on a common set of measurements.
The SAVI project 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.
A major goal of the CZO Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) program is to develop the theme of common science and measurements, and include young scientists who will advance CZ science through their careers. The National Sceicne Foundation has provided funding to the Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) project to support graduate students or postgraduate summer interns pursuing research at multiple U.S. CZOs for travel and research-related expenses.
Our 2015 summer interns are Liz Coward (University of Pennslyvania), Elizabeth King (Oregon State University), Kimber Moreland (University of California, Merced) and Christopher Tennant (University of California, Berkeley).
In recognition of the global nature of Critical Zone (CZ) science, Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) project provides funding for graduate students to travel to CZO sites or pre-eminent laboratories overseas to further the investigation of the Critical Zone.
Our 2015 international scholars are Madelyn Percy (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Reggie Walters (Boise State University) and Adam Wymore (University of New Hampshire).
Seven U.S. CZ science graduate students also received funding to attend the inaugural Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) Soil Science and Climate Change summer school at the University of Western Australia (UWA). The summer school ran from January 29 til February 13, 2015 and included 3 days at UWA, a four-day retreat at the UWA Future Farm, and a five-day facilitated writing retreat at the Albany campus of UWA.
Working groups from the 2014 CZO All Hands Meeting submitted short proposals for workshops based on the following themes: 1) What controls CZ properties and processes? 2) What is the response of CZ structure, stores and fluxes to climate? 3) What is the response of CZ structure, stores and fluxes to land use change? 4) How can understanding of the CZ be used to enhance resiliency and sustainability, and restore ecosystem services? The following five workshops with the questions they posed were selected for funding:
What can C/Q teach us about CZ structure and response? More specifically, how does C/Q inform and constrain our understanding of: hydrologic flow paths; solute reservoirs; vegetation interactions; disturbance effects; and reactive transport processes?
By focusing on the critical zone and critical zone science, articulation of critical zone services can place many ecosystem services in a broader context. This group will develop these ideas into a peer-reviewed publication that promotes the concept of Critical Zone Services as an amplification of the rich literature on Ecosystem Services.
To read about who attended each workshop, what occured and their plan moving forward, click here.
Immediately prior to AGU, an International CZO Workshop supported by the SAVI project gathered 47 scientists representing over 20 countries to discuss science questions being considered by the international CZ community. The workshop began with presentations on five CZO networks including SoilTrEC (U.K.), TERENO (Germany), RBV/Critex (France) and U.S. and China CZOs. This was followed by 20 two-minute lightning talks by attendees describing their respective field sites' characteristics and research goals. Jon Chorover of the Catalina-Jemez CZO then spoke to common science questions and measurements that have emerged from the CZO community through various workshops and proposals. After a group discussion, participants broke into working groups on potential research projects spanning their field sites and areas of expertise.
Read more on the CZO International Workshop here.