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NEWS - March 2018


Critical Zone Observatories U.S. National Program
         The CZO community continues to anticipate the release of a request for proposals from the National Science Foundation to support a successor CZO program into the coming 5 years. A transition year is in the works and we think that the future program will include a role for most or all of the existing CZOs. In the meantime, we continue to push forward on many fronts including a recent well-attended CZ session at the 2018 Geological Society of America Northeastern Section in Burlington, VT, a presence at the most recent national meeting of the National Science Teachers Association, the receipt of many student proposals requesting support through the SAVI International Scholars and Summer Interns programs, the announcement of a Summer CZ Field School to be held in the Italian Alps in July, and an anticipated strong presence at the upcoming Goldschmidt conference in Boston. Stay tuned for news on all these activities and more. Also, don't hesitate to reach out to the CZO National Office if you have any thoughts or questions.
 
- Tim White
Coordinator, CZO National Office

Understanding the processes controlling snowpack‐topography relationships in mountain landscapes​
Current Research Highlight

Christopher Tennant is a Moore Data Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley using catchment-scale snow-on-off lidar maps and climate reanalysis products to understand how climate and physiography interact to control snowpack sensitivity. His work, along with coauthors Adrian Harpold, Paul Brooks, Kitty Lohse, Sarah Godsey, Nancy Glenn, and Laurel Larsen, examining these interactions are published in a 2017 Water Resources Research article titled, "Regional sensitivities of seasonal snowpack to elevation, aspect, and vegetation cover." In this cross-CZO effort, Tennant et al. demonstrate that aspect and elevation explain the most variability in snow depth at watershed scales. This work also demonstrates how the partitioning of incoming radiation between shortwave and longwave results in differential importance of aspect and canopy-shading between the sites. Based on these findings, Tennant et al. highlight both common and unique sensitives of seasonal snowpack to climate changes across the Western U.S.

Critical Zone Science in the News

Hidden “rock moisture” possible key to
forest response to drought

Eel River CZO researchers have found underground water reservoirs that can mitigate drought effects. 
Read this NSF article
The Critical Zone of Science and Politics
In an interview with the Los Angeles Review of Books, philosopher Bruno Latour talks climate change, the Anthropocene, and his recent interest in CZ science. 
Read this interview
Video: The Strenbach CZO in France
Watch the National Center for Scientific Research's (CNRS) guided tour of the Strenbach CZO in France. 
Watch here
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Upcoming Meetings

 

The Clay Minerals Annual Meeting

June 11-14 — University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstracts deadline: April 6th

The Clay Minerals Society is hosting its 55th Annual Meeting, "New Visions in Clay Science". A CZ-related session, "Intensively Managed Clays in the Critical Zone," aims to bring together clay scientists with a cross-section of ecologists, geochemists, hydrologists, and geophysicists to elucidate the role of clay minerals in the architecture of the CZ. 

The Clay Minerals Annual Meeting Information
 

2018 CUAHSI Biennial Colloquium

July 29 - August 2 — Shepherdstown, WV

The theme of this year’s meeting is Hydrologic Connections: Climate, Food, Energy, Environment, and Society, and will feature keynote lectures and sessions that highlight ongoing research in hydrologic science and provide perspectives on future challenges regarding the balance of these systems. Poster abstracts are currently being accepted. 

CUAHSI Biennial Meeting Information
 

Goldschmidt 2018

August 12-17 — Boston, Massachusetts 
Abstracts deadline: March 30th

Goldschmidt is an annual international conference which focuses on geochemistry and related subjects, organized by the Geochemical Society and the European Association of Geochemistry. Goldschmidt 2018 has several CZ-science themed sessions. 

CZ-related sessions at Goldschmidt 2018
 

AGU Fall Meeting 2018

December 10-14  — Washington, D.C.
Sessions proposals deadline: April 18th

The year's AGU Fall Meeting marks the start of AGU's Centennial celebration. This meeting will celebrate the past, present and future of the Earth and space sciences, and will demonstrate how science is strong, vibrant, global, and essential in many ways to society. The theme of the 2018 meeting is: What science stands for.

AGU Fall Meeting information
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Jobs & Opportunities

Graduate Research Assistantships at the 
University of California Merced

Deadline: Ongoing

The Mountain Hydrology Research Group at UC Merced seeks applications for 2-3 highly qualified applicants who are committed to pursuing an M.S. or Ph.D. degree in Environmental Systems, in one of three areas: Food–Energy–Water Nexus, Forest Hydrology and Watershed Management, and Groundwater and Surface-Water Interactions.

Learn more
 

Three Postdoctoral Researcher Positions at
Purdue University

Deadline: Ongoing

The Arequipa Nexus Institute at Purdue is looking to hire three postdoctoral researchers to participate in a soil, river sediment, and water vulnerability and impairment research project. Successful candidates will investigate the interacting controls of agricultural and mineral ore extractive land on the erosion, contamination, and health of soil and water supporting the agricultural activities of grazed and cultivated lands of the Arequipa Region of Peru. 

Learn more
 

Graduate Research Assistantship in soils and geochemistry of the Critical Zone in Alaska

Deadline: Ongoing

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking a graduate research assistant (M.S.) to study mineral weathering, soil development, and clay mineralogy in forested ecosystems of the Alaskan coastal temperate rainforest. The study is part of a broader investigation of critical zone processes in southeast Alaska focused on the Heen Latinee Experimental Forest. 

Learn more
 

Discussion Paper: Elevating the biogeosciences within environmental research networks

Deadline: April 6th

The manuscript, submitted to BGDiscussions, asserts that there are good historical and contemporary reasons to advance the biogeosciences across the world's long-term environmental networks, such as LTER and ILTER, EONs, NEON, and CZOs. BGDiscussions is an open-access journal so you may both read and make short comments reacting to the manuscript as it is in review.

Learn more
 

Critical Zone and Ecosystem Dynamics Summer Course
July 10-18 in Piedmont, Italy

Deadline: May 5th

This 9-day- long summer course intends to provide basic knowledge about the functioning of the Critical Zone and its relationships with ecosystem dynamics, focusing on aspects related to hydrology, soil geochemistry and weathering, vegetation dynamics and distribution, microbiota, biodiversity, ecosystem processes, CZ-relevant geological processes and the role of the CZ for achieving sustainable development goals. The course is intended for doctoral students, post-docs, and researchers. 

Learn more
 

Biogeochemistry of the Critical Zone Book Volume:
Now Accepting Abstracts

Deadline: May 15th

As part of the Advances in Critical Zone Science Book Series (Edited by Steve Banwart (Leeds) and published by Springer-Nature), abstracts are being accepted for the volume "Biogeochemistry of the Critical Zone." Submissions should focus on how biogeochemical processes vary across the critical zone (CZ) as an integrated system, and how these processes are better informed by an improved understanding of CZ hydrology, geomorphology and ecology.

Learn more

See more: Opportunities | CZEN 
Also See: CZO News February 2018

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