The CZOs strive to educate the general public.
Study of the Critical Zone is a new and evolving realm of science - by necessity, the CZO education and outreach effort has focused on the Earth science community. Nonetheless, the CZOs strive to educate the general public, for example through our presence at the second U.S. Science and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C. during April 2012. Our exhibit booth included a variety of pamphlets as well as hands-on activities: geologists demonstrated various processes of weathering and erosion, ecologists showed how to determine the leaf-area index of a forest, and hydrologists used on-line tools to show how land use change affects hydrologic characteristics of a landscape.
Grades 3 - 14
Virtual Fieldwork • Activity • Curriculum • Lesson Plan • Computer Activity
This webpage serves as an introduction to both CZ science and the use of Virtual Fieldwork Experiences (VFEs) for exploration of the CZ. Embedded within this page you will find VFEs of Shale Hills Susquehanna, Southern Sierra CZO and Luquillo CZOs.
Objectives for specific VFEs are included within those VFEs.
Grades 6 - 14
All Disciplines • SoilScience/Pedology • Biology/Molecular • Hydrology
Watch fascinating, public lectures from four Catalina-Jemez CZO researchers. The 30-minute lectures are part of the Critical Zone Science Cafe Series from Fall 2015, in Tucson, AZ.
Viewers will be able to describe:
Audience: K-12 • General Public
Observatory: Catalina-Jemez CZO
Author: Jon Chorover (U of Arizona), Craig Rasmussen (U of Arizona), Rachel Gallery (U of Arizona) and Tom Meixner (U of Arizona)
Funding: The Catalina-Jemez Critical Zone Observatory in collaboration with the University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium.
Grades 9 - 12
Biology/Ecology • Hydrology • SoilScience/Pedology
In this blog post, learn how stable isotopes are used to determine a tree's water source.
Readers will be able to describe the possible sources of water for trees and the method used to determine a tree's water source.
Grades K - Professional
App • Tour
Use a narrative "science tour" app for the drive up Mt. Lemmon in the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, Arizona. Travel from desert to pine forest, listening to the audio guide and watching slideshows and videos. Learn how our world is sustained by natural environments, systems, and cycles.
Describe the natural history of Mt. Lemmon with special attention to geology and biology. The tour follows the Catalina Highway to the top of Mt. Lemmon.
Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education • Research Community
Observatory: Catalina-Jemez CZO
Author: Producer: Shipherd Reed (Univ. of Arizona)
Funding: NSF CZO, Contributions from UA College of Science and other regional organizations
14 Nov 2018 (Calhoun) - How critical zone science unearths secrets: The new cross-disciplinary field of study concerns itself with the living skin of the Earth.
06 Nov 2018 (National, Boulder, Eel, Reynolds, Sierra) - Marshall Receives 2018 Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award
28 Oct 2018 (IML) - Laura Keefer, head of the Watershed Science Section at the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS), has been named Illinois state hydrologist.
24 Oct 2018 (Sierra) - Meet forest ecologist Jeff Lauder! Lauder's research focuses on Sierra Nevada Conifers and how they have been responding to stress during drought!