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 6 - 12
A seven-minute video that explores the Critical Zone, what it is, why it's important, and how the NSF CZO program is studying it. The video emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of work in the critical zone.
Audience: K-12 • General Public
Observatory: National CZO
Author: R. Ross (PRI), N. Coddington (WSKG), S. Johnson (WSKG), A. Moore (PRI), L. Derry (Cornell Univ), T. White (Penn State), J. Richardson (Cornell Univ), K. Singha (CSM), S. Brantley (Penn State)
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 9 - 14
Information • Video
A short web page that answers questions like: what is the Critical Zone? Why it is so important? Why does it need to be studied? The page includes text, images, and video.
Be able to discuss where the Critical Zone fits on Earth's surface and its importance to Humans and all life.
Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education
Observatory: National CZO • Boulder CZO • Calhoun CZO • Catalina-Jemez CZO • Christina CZO • Eel CZO • IML CZO • Luquillo CZO • Reynolds CZO • Shale Hills CZO • Sierra CZO
Author: CZO National Office
Grades 9 - 12
Biology/Ecology • Geomorphology • Outreach/EducationResearch
An illustrated introduction to the Eel River Critical Zone Observatory in the Angelo Coast Range Reserve.
After reading this cartoon, students will be able to:
05 Jun 2020 (Calhoun) - Four 2 minute pieces featuring Paul Schroeder talking about clay were aired on NPR's Pulse of the Planet in February 2020. Please see the links...
04 May 2020 (Sierra) - Onward California - University of California television spots showcase Southern Sierra CZO research
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