Measurement Tools to Explore the Critical Zone

CUAHSI's 2020 Winter Cyberseminar Series:

Growing the Critical Zone Research Network

Hosts: Kamini Singha, Colorado School of Mines | Pamela Sullivan, Oregon State University | Nicole Gasparini, Tulane University | Li Li, Penn State University | Nicole West, Central Michigan University 

Critical zone science is a transdisciplinary approach for solving some of the most pressing earth-surface challenges society faces, such as water availability, feeding a growing world population, and carbon sequestration. One of the earliest definitions of the critical zone (CZ) is the “heterogeneous, near surface environment in which complex interactions involving rock, soil, water, air, and living organisms regulate the natural habitat and determine the availability of life-sustaining resources” (National Research Council, 2001). If we are to develop the insights necessary to predict CZ processes into the future, we need people who study how the near-earth-surface functions now, in the past, and in the context of anthropogenic change —especially from those historically underrepresented in STEM. Here, we look to invite new scientists at all career stages into the world of the critical zone through introducing concepts in this part of the earth system, and helping develop an inclusive network of scientists.

All talks take place on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. ET.

Registration is free! Register for this webinar here

More information about this series can be found here