Dear Critical Zoners,
Theme description: Soil has been described as the heart of the critical zone because it links the aboveground and subsurface parts of the critical zone and delivers numerous ecosystem services such as biomass production and habitat, storage and transmission of water and carbon, and nutrient production and transformations. These services are at risk on a changing planet. To protect soil and critical zone relies on interdisciplinary, process- and feedback-oriented understanding. This theme invites sessions covering a range of topics including, but not limited to: soil microbiology, soil biogeochemistry, continental biogeochemical cycles, mineral and organic nutrients, clay mineralogy, surface chemistry, plant-soil interactions, and permafrost. We encourage a broad definition of soil, not limited to the root zone, and a holistic, interdisciplinary critical zone approach that emphasizes processes and feedbacks.
In proposing a session, please select the appropriate theme and define a timely topic with a broad reach. The target should be at least 25-30 abstract submissions for each session, ideally more. Details of how to submit a proposal can be found here: Call for Sessions Page
We encourage you to submit well in advance of the deadline, giving the science committee ample time to review and process the submissions prior to the call for abstracts. If you have any questions about the suitability or overlap of your proposed session with existing sessions, please contact the theme leaders. Proposed sessions will appear on the website to enable prospective session convenors to see if someone has already submitted something similar to the one they are considering.
Hope to see you at Goldschmidt 2018 (12-17 August 2018, Boston)!
Your Theme 12 Leaders: Heather Buss, Gan-Lin Zhang, and Kate Maher