Dear CZEN Community,
As you prepare abstracts for the upcoming Goldschmidt Conference in Barcelona, Spain, please consider submitting to session 09f: Predicting the Evolution of Critical Zone Architecture in the Anthropocene Through Data Model Synergy. We hope to bring together an interdisciplinary group of scientists, working to understand the subsurface structure and functioning of the critical zone, using a combination of observational data and modeling. The complete session description is copied below.
Our invited speaker list includes Ying Fan Reifelder, Jennifer Druhan, and Katherine Barhart.
We hope you can join us in Barcelona this August. Abstracts are due March 29th!
Nicole West and Pamela Sullivan
09f: Predicting the Evolution of Critical Zone Architecture in the Anthropocene Through Data Model Synergy
Development of critical zone architecture is a combination of short-term hydrological, biogeochemical, and physical processes acting at the land surface with long-term, large-scale tectonic processes. However, the relative dominance of these processes and their feedbacks over critical zone development remains an open-ended question, one that must be answered if we are to develop predictive capabilities to evaluate the evolution of the critical zone with global environmental change. Our session aims to bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers, and cover a number of topics, including, but not limited to 1) new and existing tools for observing or modeling critical zone thickness, 2) co-evolution of the land surface and the lower critical zone boundary 3) integrating microscopic processes in the critical zone that cause macroscopic change, and 4) predicting the response of critical zone architecture to global environmental change. We invite abstracts that explore the depths of critical zone architecture, and the boundaries and gradients in processes and parameters that may define it, using observations and models. In particular, we invite abstracts that seek to predict the evolution of critical zone architecture, and how it may respond to increasing pressures of the Anthropocene.