Critical Zone Observatories U.S. National Program
"Generating and broadcasting Critical Zone (CZ) data is a major goal in our mission as a network. Although it seems like an easy task, many of us know the difficulty in making data both accessible and usable. Currently, a team including CZO webmaster David Lubinski, CZO data managers Miguel Leon and Collin Bode, Executive Director of CUAHSI Jerad Bales, and I are developing a plan with NSF to host CZO data and metadata on CUAHSI’s "Hydroshare" system. The aim is to provide searchable long-term storage for many CZO data sets. We will provide details as the plan progresses. 

Another network goal is
 the advancement of CZ science internationally. This past October, I participated in a planning meeting for CZ science in France sponsored by a number of French science organizations (ANDRA, BRGM, CNRS, INRA, IRD, and others). A number of existing programs, sites and observatories have been gathered under a new organization Observatoires de la Zone Critique Applications et Recherches (OZCAR). OZCAR includes not only sites within metropolitan France but also overseas French territories in a number of partner nations including India and Cameroon. There is a high-level commitment to CZ science in France among other countries. There is the potential for significant collaboration with OZCAR programs and personnel at both the level of the individual scientist, as well as more formal cooperation between the U.S. and French programs and their respective funding agencies. I welcome to hear from anyone in the U.S. community who is interested or would like to find out more about such international CZ efforts.” 

- Lou Derry
Director, CZO National Office

Luquillo CZO Update

"Although Puerto Rico suffered catastrophic infrastructure damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Luquillo CZO was up and running within a few days. Road access to all personnel and sites was only re-established a few weeks ago, but we now know that most instrumentation made it through the hurricane, and many of our sensors continued to collect data during the storms (don’t miss the late-breaking AGU session on 2017 hurricanes, where we will present some of those results). Together with our network of colleagues in the U.S. Forest Service, the University of Puerto Rico, and many other institutions, the Luquillo CZO is busy documenting the effects of this extreme event on the critical zone and critical zone processes."
– Bill McDowell
Luquillo CZO PI 

Learn more about the hurricane damage to the Luquillo CZO here.

Critical Zone Science in the News

Critical Zone scientists featured in WeatherNation 
Praveen Kumar and Susana Roque-Malo from the IML CZO were featured in an article by WeatherNation about the essential role non-extreme rainfall has in maintaining ecosystem functions. 
Read this article
Arlington Critical Zone Observatory Meeting white booklet 
Pamela Sullivan and other CZ scientists have finished the final version of the CZO white booklet, which is now available online. The booklet summarizes new opportunities for CZ science.
Read the booklet

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Upcoming Meetings and Workshops

Interactive CZO/LTER/NEON/ISMC Webinar on harmonizing scale and process representation across CZ Models
Webinar (registration required): December 6, 2017
Joint CZO-LTER-NEON-ISMC workshop: February 13-15 2018, NEON HQ in Boulder Colorado

We invite you to join an interactive discussion on the spatiotemporal scales, process representation, and motivating science questions by modelers involved in the CZO, LTER, ISMC, and NEON communities. Specifically, we seek to identify previously unrealized opportunities for synthesizing understanding across modeling perspectives, gaps in understanding that require new collaborations and approaches, and key observations from within and across the different networks that could support interdisciplinary breakthroughs in near Earth surface modeling. The webinar, hosted by NEON, will begin with ‘lightning’ presentations from several panelists, with plenty of time for discussion led by Pamela Sullivan (University of Kansas) and Lejo Flores (Boise State University). This discussion is in preparation for the joint CZO-LTER-NEON-ISMC workshop: Modeling the Critical Zone; State of the Art, Data Integration, and Frontiers being held February 13-15, 2018 in Boulder, Colorado. 

Register for the webinar here

American Geophysical Union 2017 Fall Meeting
December 11–15, 2017 
New Orleans, Louisiana. 

The National Science Foundation has posted a press release summarizing Critical Zone science and events occurring at the American Geophysical Union 2017 Fall Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The CZO program will host booth #2032 in Exhibit Hall and a town hall, "Critical Zone Observatories: Platforms for Collaborative Science," on Thursday, December 14th at 12:30 - 13:30 pm in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - Rm. 208-209.

2017 AGU Events

Gordon Research Conference on Geobiology 
January 21–26, 2018 
Galveston, Texas. 

The major goal of the conference is to facilitate the interactions among different sub-disciplines such as geochemistry, geomicrobiology, sedimentology, and Earth system models and bring them together to understand the co-evolution of life and the environment. Applications for this meeting must be submitted by December 24, 2017.

Gordon Conference 2018

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Annual Meeting
February 15–19, 2018
Austin, Texas. 

The theme of the 2018 AAAS Annual Meeting is Advancing Science: Discovery to Application, which seeks to explore moving ideas into innovative advancements through interdisciplinary scientific sessions, renowned speakers, and one-on-one discussions. 

2018 AAAS Meeting Registration

Northeastern Geological Society of America (GSA) CZO Session 
March 18–20, 2018
Burlington, Vermont

The Northeastern GSA joint-sectional meeting offers a small-scale venue for scientific discourse. Julia Perdrial and Tim White have organized a session on “Critical Zone Processes, Function, and Resiliency: Challenges and Opportunities” (Theme #5) for the NE GSA meeting. Consider submitting an abstract, the deadline is December 12th, 2017.  

2018 Northeast GSA session

Goldschmidt 2018 
August 12 – 17, 2018 
Boston, Massachusetts. 

The annual Goldschmidt conference on geochemistry and related subjects will be held in Boston, Massachusetts. Heather Buss (University of Bristol),
 Gan-Lin Zhang (Chinese Academy of Science), and Kate Maher (Stanford University) have organized a theme at Goldschmidt 2018, “Soils and the Critical Zone”. Please consider contributing an abstract when submission opens.

2018 Goldschmidt Conference special theme 


Jobs & Opportunities

Two Ph.D. positions in CZ Hydrology at Johns Hopkins

Application review begins: December 10, 2017 

The Landscape Hydrology Lab at Johns Hopkins University is looking to recruit two new Ph.D. students interested in a variety of topics in hydrologic science. One position is suited to a student interested in combining field research, data analysis and some modeling to address questions related to water quality and quantity in watersheds. The other position is suited to a student interested in data analysis and computational model development aimed at improving understanding and prediction of water flow and transport in the landscape. Both positions will receive full funding for up to 5 years of study, assuming satisfactory progress in the program. 

Email Professor Ciaran Harman with questions. 

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Geology at the College of Charleston

Application Deadline: January 5, 2018

The College of Charleston Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences is accepting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Geology. The candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Geosciences with research and teaching interests in geology. The department is seeking a field-oriented geoscientist who has a proven record of success teaching introductory geology courses. Applicants who clearly show a strong aptitude in at least one of the Geology major core areas (mineralogy/petrology, structural geology, paleobiology) will be given preference. The candidate is expected to develop his/her own research program and seek external funds to support their research activities. A Ph.D. is required by 15 August 2018.  

Learn how to apply here.

Assistant Professor of Shallow Environmental/Engineering Geophysics at the University of Texas at El Paso

Application submission is open until the position is filled

The Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) announces a tenure-track position in shallow environmental/engineering geophysics. We are particularly interested in candidates with a concentration in shallow characterization (e.g., potential fields, seismic, etc.) and/or modeling relevant to a wide range of issues, including but not limited to environmental applications that would connect geophysical, geomechanical, geochemical, hydrological, and biological observations. 

Learn more about this position here

Contact Dr. Marianne Karplus with questions.

Tenure-track faculty position in Hydrology and Water Resources at University of Nevada La Vegas

Application review will begin January 10, 2018

The UNLV Geoscience Department seeks to recruit an Assistant or Associate Professor in the field of Hydrology and Water Resources.  The successful applicant will have an active research program that complements existing departmental and university research interests, leverages the critical importance of water resources in the American West, and fosters student participation. The successful applicant will also exhibit a strong commitment to teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. 

Apply for the position at UNLV.

CZO Blog writers 

Deadline: None

Want to spread the word about your CZO research to a general audience? Please consider contributing a guest blog entry to the CZO blog Adventures in the Critical Zone. CZO will assist you with illustrations/photos and your entry will be featured on the CZO website. If interested, contact Justin Richardson (CZO National Office postdoc) with your topic.  

Email Justin Richardson about guest blogging.
Also See: CZNews Fall 2017

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