Please consider submitting an abstract (deadline is Jan. 10) to this EGU General Assembly 2018 session aiming at contributing to the advancement of CZ science worldwide. The EGU meeting will be held 8–13 April 2018 in Vienna, Austria.
Convener: Jérôme Gaillardet
Co-Conveners: Tom Vanwalleghem, Harry Vereecken
Critical Zone Observatories (CZOs) are highly instrumented field sites delivering continuously long term data on any compartment of the Critical Zone (CZ), the thin layer at the Earth’s surface, the habitat of living organisms and humanity. In this session, we encourage submissions on studies using CZO facilities to explore the CZ at all spatiotemporal scales, identify its processes, quantify its fluxes, to observe and characterize its land surface and subsurface and to improve models of the Critical Zone. We welcome approaches coupling the different disciplines like hydrology, chemistry, physics, meteorology, soil science, geomorphology or ecology and microbiology. We also welcome initiatives for building collaborative networks of CZOs throughout Europe and worldwide.