If you work in cold places, submit an abstract to the Fall 2018 AGU session...
EP047: When rock meets water and ice: Geomorphic and hydrologic response in periglacial Critical Zones
Session Description: Shattered rock, frost heave, rapid sediment transport and characteristic landforms such as polygonal cracks, thermal karst and solifluction lobes are hallmarks of periglacial settings. In these landscapes, water availability, both liquid and frozen, is a key driver of physical rock weathering, erosion, and subsequent transport downslope. With rapid shifts in the seasonality of frozen vs. liquid water in a warming climate, understanding controls on a) biotic and abiotic weathering, b) hillslope-channel connectivity, c) surface-subsurface connectivity, and d) transport of fluid and sediment has implications for predicting changes in sediment, hydrologic and nutrient fluxes. This session seeks contributions from hydrologists, geomorphologists, and the broader cryosphere community to advance our understanding of water-driven subsidence, rock weathering (e.g. frost cracking), and transport processes in cold climate settings - both mountainous and gentle. These include, but are not limited to, studies utilize field observations, geochemical tools, remote sensing datasets, geophysical techniques, and numerical modeling.
Jill A Marshall, University of Arkansas
Sarah G. Evans, Appalachian State University
Dorothy Merritts, Franklin and Marshall College
Joshua J Roering, University of Oregon