AGU Session Announcement on International CZ Research

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 - 04:15

Dear Colleagues, On behalf of my co-conveners, I would like to bring to your attention to an AGU-session on:

EP019 "International Critical Zone Research: Status, Networking and Challenges"

Session ID#: 8692

that we are planning for the Fall AGU Meeting (14-18 December 2015, San Francisco).

The deadline for abstract submission is already August 5th, 2015.

To submit an abstract to this session please visit:

Session Description:

Recently, several activities in Europe, China and the US have been initiated to develop and establish an international network of CZOs and to define an overarching research questions for critical zone research. These initiatives are follow ups of the first science CZO conference that took place in Delaware, 2011. Present activities target the national and EU-wide realignment and connection of both existing and proposed structures and programs. The session aims at presenting ongoing critical zone research, the challenges its encounters and the status of international collaboration activities thereby focussing on examples of bi- or multilateral projects within CZ Science. We foster contributions dealing with understanding and predicting critical zone response to land-use and climate change on the catchment scale. Of particular interest are hill slope dynamics based on shallow subsurface structure, caused by geomorphological, hydrological and pedological processes, combined with or steering biogeochemical cycles and weathering within the vadose zone.

Primary Convener: Jörg Völkel, Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany

Conveners: Steven A. Banwart, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom, Susan Trumbore, Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany and Harry Vereecken, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Jülich, Germany

Please feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested.

Kind regards,

Jörg Völkel, TU Munich