We would like to cordially invite you to our 2017 AGU Fall Meeting session on "Advancing Understanding of Hydrological and Biogeochemical Interactions in Terrestrial Ecosystems through Large-Scale Model Systems." This session will feature recent developments in large-scale multi-disciplinary experimental design and measurement techniques and will host a discussion of the particular challenges and potential for this type of experimentation.
We encourage you to submit an abstract to our session by the final deadline of August 2nd by following this link: https://agu.confex.com/agu/fm17/preliminaryview.cgi/Session23926.html
The current understanding of the critical zone is limited by our observational capacity. Natural systems are the integrated result of interactions among water, microbes, plants, and porous geological media over wide spatial and temporal scales that are difficult to reproduce in the laboratory and resolve in the field. Large-scale model systems and controlled experimental facilities bridge the laboratory and field scale and have the potential to yield critical insights into complex terrestrial ecosystem processes.
This session will be of interest to the growing scientific community using large-scale model systems to understand pore- to landscape-scale biogeochemical and hydrological processes. We expect contributions on 1) experimental infrastructure description; 2) experimentation and hypothesis testing; 3) extrapolation to real world; and 4) questions that potentially can be answered using terrestrial ecosystem research infrastructures. This session will facilitate discussion of the unique technical challenges of these facilities and breakthroughs in their application for interdisciplinary investigation.
Primary Convener: Laura K Meredith, University of Arizona, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Tucson, AZ, United States
Conveners: Antonio Alves Meira Neto, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, United States, Werner Gerwin, BTU Cottbus, Cottbus, Germany and Greg Barron-Gafford, University of Arizona, Biosphere 2, Tucson, AZ, United States