Math Modeling Workshop participants tour the CZO

A cohort of twenty international graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and early career faculty spent five days at Penn State for an intense, hands-on learning experience of numerical modeling methodology.  The course design included the fundamentals of numerical modeling and the application to investigating hypotheses on Earth processes in both modern and ancient systems.  After a few days in the classroom, the cohort took to the field for introductions to Critical Zone science, the dynamics of interdisciplinary research, and the volumes of data available from Shale Hills and the CZO network.   Overview discussions included groundwater / surface water interactions, carbon cycling, atmospheric fluxes, landscape evolution, and the impact of time on all of the processes.



Joanmarie Del Vecchio discusses landscape processes of the Valley and Ridge in central PA.

Workshop participant getting a closer look at the root plate of a tree throw.

Yu Zhang describes LE-PIHM model development for Shale Hills.

Yuting He discusses carbon cycling and data collection from the litter traps. 

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