Introducing Reynolds Creek CZO

Winter view of Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed in Owyhee County, Idaho, location of new Reynolds Creek CZO

03 Mar 2014

New Reynolds Creek CZO leverages USDA ARS spatial and temporal hydroclimate data to improve prediction of soil carbon and critical zone processes

Image: Winter view of Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed in Owyhee County, Idaho, location of new Reynolds Creek CZO [Click image to enlarge]

Soils in the critical zone sustain life --providing benefits to society such as a medium for plant growth, water purification and climate regulation. Indeed, soils store three times the amount of carbon than the atmosphere, and may be a source or sink to the atmosphere with changing climate and land management practices, yet major gaps exist in our understanding of the processes controlling soil carbon storage. Scientists from Idaho State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service and Boise State University are establishing the Reynolds Creek Critical Zone Observatory in Southwest Idaho with goal of being the leader in critical zone carbon science, improving prediction of soil carbon, and being a magnet for global climate and biogeochemistry modeling.

Reynolds Creek CZO team at fall retreat at the Reynolds Creek Experimental Watershed (Lohse)


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