CZO Virtual Institute

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 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.

Photo: Dave Huber

CZO Summer Interns Program

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 Science 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.

Meet the interns from this program:
2016 Summer Interns | 2015 Summer Interns

CZO International Scholars Program

In recognition of the global nature of Critical Zone (CZ) Science, the 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.

Meet the scholars from this program:
2016 International Scholars | 2015 International Scholars


Cross-CZO science emerges from a set of common CZ science questions that can be addressed through the use of shared protocols, common measurements and an environmental gradient approach. The CZO Science Across Virtual Institutes (SAVI) project funds training workshops that focus on addressing issues relating to cross cutting questions through the collaboration of graduate students and early career scientists. This effort, within the U.S. and internationally, will help to implement a coordinated network of people, sites, tools and ideas.

Learn about cross-CZO workshops and other workshops involved with the SAVI project here

CZO SAVI International Scholars at the University of Western Australia (UWA).

2015 SAVI Summer Intern Christopher Tennant

Critical Zone Resiliency To Disturbance: A One Day Early Career Workshop To Develop Testable Hypotheses Using Common X-CZO Measurements