Call for participation in special issue on CZ: Critical Zone Export to Streams as Indicator for CZ Structure and Function

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 12:00

In collaboration with Frontiers in Earth Science, section Biogeoscience, we are organizing a Research Topic titled "Critical Zone (CZ) Export to Streams as Indicator for CZ Structure and Function", hosted by Julia Perdrial, Ashlee Dere, Nikki West, and Pam Sullivan. As host editors, we would like to encourage contributions to this topic. Please find more information about Research Topics below, including the publishing fees that apply. You can also visit the homepage we have created on the Frontiers website, which defines the focus of the topic, and where all published articles will appear. If you are interested, please let us know and we will send a more formal call for participation where you can accept or decline but here are the nuts and bolts, please consider working with us!

  • Abstract submission deadline is in October and the full manuscript is due in June 2018.
  • We are editing this as an interdisciplinary theme (we have geochemistry, biogeochemistry, catchment hydrology, eco-hydrology, geomorphology, covered amongst the 4 of us…) and hope to give your CZ research a venue. 
  • We are doing this with the journal “Frontiers” because we believe that publications should be accessible to everybody. Frontiers is a serious journal with rigorous peer review that seeks to empower research and the people doing research  (
  • Because of this the publication comes with a fee ($600-1600 max, depending on the type of article). Please let us know if this represents an impediment for you, Frontiers has many ways of making it work for you.

Here is the special issue description, which can also be found at

The goal of this special topic on streams as indicators for CZ structure and function is to explore linkages between biotic and abiotic weathering, soil biogeochemical processes, chemical and physical denudation and hydrology within the CZ. The CZ spans from the top of the vegetative canopy to the actively cycled groundwater providing life sustaining ecosystem services. However, rapid population growth and global climate change during the Anthropocene poses challenges to the Earth’s CZ which is pushed to balance increased demand (e.g. crop yield) while maintaining the CZ’s natural structure and other important ecosystem functions. Streams represent an integrator of many processes within the CZ and can thus carry the first signals of changing CZ health. As an important component of the CZ system, streams provide important information on hydrological, biogeochemical, and denudation fluxes, allowing a glimpse into the past, present and potential future of CZ function. The foci of recent stream water investigations include the role of catchment processes, riparian zone dynamics, hyporheic zone contributions and instream cycling to investigate nutrient dynamics, weathering and denudation, and hydrological partitioning. We now would like to expand this view conceptually to include the CZ.

For this special topic, we invite contributions that explore streams as an integrated window into CZ processes at different scales and from various perspectives. We welcome field observations and /or models linked to biogeochemical, hydrological, ecological, biological and pedological processes in traditional and novel ways that relate results on stream water dynamics back to CZ function in a time of accelerated global change.

Please email one of us if you are interested and we will send more details. We look forward to working with you!


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