Harry Vereecken, Praveen Kumar, Bhavna Arora, and myself are organizing an AGU session on “Modeling the Critical Zone: Integrating Processes and Data Across Disciplines and Scales”. Detailed session information is below. We hope to attract abstracts that integrate models with field measurements to help us think about the interactions between complex processes at the scales of soil pits to global scale, and from hydrological to geological time scales. With this session we also hope to get an overview of what models are used, how they are used, and where are the gaps in model development in advancing Critical Zone sciences.
Modeling the Critical Zone: Integrating Processes and Data Across Disciplines and Scales
Session ID#: 23400
Session Description: The Critical Zone (CZ) is the Earth’s skin where climate, geology, ecosystems, and human activities converge. The evolution and function of the CZ are governed by multiple processes (e.g., meteorological, hydrological, geochemical, geomorphological, and biological) over a wide range of temporal and spatial scales. This session aims to showcase contributions that highlight recent model development and applications to develop a predictive understanding of CZ. We invite abstracts that: 1) demonstrate the synergy between field and modeling efforts; 2) elucidate underlying processes at and across multiple scales; 3) reveal new understanding about the CZ response to changing climate and land use; and 4) synthesize data or test hypotheses across multiple study sites. The session is intended to serve as an exploration of the breadth of CZ sciences and to facilitate comparison across different sites. We encourage submissions from modeling endeavors within and across disciplines.
Co-Organized with: Hydrology, Biogeosciences, Earth and Planetary Surface Processes, and Global Environmental Change
Li Li, Pennsylvania State University
Harry Vereecken, Forschungszentrum Julich
Praveen Kumar, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Bhavna Arora, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory