Image: LEO project structural, electrical and mechanical design by M3 Engineering. [Click image to enlarge]
To meet the challenge of predicting landscape-scale changes in Earth system behavior, the University of Arizona has designed and constructed a new large-scale and community-oriented scientific facility – the Biosphere 2 Landscape Evolution Observatory (LEO). The primary scientific objectives are to quantify interactions among hydrologic partitioning, geochemical weathering, ecology, microbiology, atmospheric processes, and geomorphic change associated with incipient hillslope development. The infrastructure is designed to facilitate investigation of Earth surface processes by rapidly iterating dense experimental measurement with development and validation of coupled computational models...