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RC CZO wants to be a community resource and a magnet for carbon cycling and global climate modeling 

RC CZO wants to be a community resource and a magnet for carbon cycling and global climate modeling

  • The RC CZO will continue to be a resource to existing RCEW researchers and new collaborators (100+ visitors/yr).
  • The RC CZO will produce one of the largest soil C datasets across a diverse landscape that will be explicitly linked to environmental variables that can be used to develop and test regional and global carbon models.
  • Findings from the RC CZO will improve our understanding of how land management changes such as prescribed fire will alter soil properties and carbon inputs and thus stability of SOC at the landscape level.
  • The proposed intermediate scale research at the RC CZO will improve spatial estimates of net carbon fluxes and provide context for process-oriented research.
  • The RC CZO will leverage temporally and spatially extensive hydrologic data at the RCEW to provide a unique research focus on SC processes.
  • Evaluation of simulations at the intermediate scale will identify areas of weakness in process representation and hence point to critical research needs.



Water Resources Research Special Collection: Concentration-discharge relations in the critical zone

30 Oct 2017 - Water Resources Research published a new special collection in September 2017 featuring concentration-discharge research from multiple CZOs.


“Voices of Fire,” a documentary film about wildfire in the West, is now available on YouTube!

05 Sep 2017 - Hugo Sindelar's documentary film about the Soda Fire, which burned the northern portion of Reynolds Creek and a total of 280,000 acres in just 7 days.


2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society

06 Apr 2017 - 2017 CZO Webinar Series: Critical Zone and Society.


Voices of Fire - A Documentary Video

12 Feb 2016 - "Voices of Fire" follows the devastating effects of the Soda Fire on the economy, ecology, and landscape in southwestern Idaho.

Critical Zone Q&A with researcher Adrian Harpold

19 Oct 2016 - University of Nevada Reno's Adrian Harpold reflects on his past and present time researching at Critical Zone Observatories.

CZO Ecology Session at ESA 2015 Meeting

16 Jul 2015 - A session entitled 'Ecology in the Critical Zone" will take place at the Ecological Society of America (ESA) 2015 Meeting held  from August...

Using a CZO network to explore the architecture, dynamics and evolution of the Critical Zone

03 Nov 2014 - The US CZO National Office has organized a webinar on December 8, 2014 at 11AM - 12:30 PM ET.

“What’s so critical about the Critical Zone?” webinar

02 Apr 2014 - March 31, 2014. Dr. Enriqueta Barrera (NSF CZO program director) and Dr. Gordon Grant (USFS; CZO Steering Committee chairperson)

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