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Integrated Data System

We are working with other CZOs to develop cross-CZO capabilities for sharing, integrating, analyzing, and preserving CZO data.

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CZO datasets are a powerful resource for developing and testing Earth system models. CZOs produce a large volume of data from a wide range of physical, chemical, and biological disciplines as well as spatial and temporal scales. This "flood" of disparate observational data partly reflects a new generation of integrated measurements. For example, most CZOs are using LIDAR imagery, copious isotopic samples, and low-cost sensors; others are also using eddy correlation and embedded sensor networks.

The Santa Catalina Mountains and Jemez River Basin CZO is collecting data from two field areas:

  • Santa Catalina Mountains located north of Tucson in southern Arizona - four sites
  • Jemez River Basin located in north-central New Mexico in the Valles Caldera National Preserve - two zero order basins and one flux tower site.

Our efforts thus far have concentrated on:

  1. Land and Atmosphere
    • a) Airborne LiDAR: Digital Surface Model (DSM), Digital Elevation Model (DEM), Canopy height, intensity, biomass, snow distribution, snow water equivalent; b) Terrestrial LiDAR: DEM and DSM; c) Eddy covariance and fluxes: heat, radiation, water vapor, CO2, evapotranspiration; d) Meteorological variables: precipitation, snow depth, temperature, relative humidity, pressure, wind speed and direction; e) Chemistry of rain, snow and dust; f) Effective energy and mass transfer (EEMT)
  2. Vegetation and Associated Microbiota
    • a) Phenological camera images; b) Greenness Index, Gross Primary Productivity; c) Microbial composition; d) Sap flow
  3. Soil and Saprolite (vadose zone)
    • a) Fluid (water and gas): soil moisture, water potential, temperature, and electric conductivity, chemistry and isotopes for organic and inorganic solutes; b) Solid: mineralogy, isotopes, organic matter content, microbial composition, texture, physical characteristics, soil chemistry; c) Soil depth
  4. Saprolite and Bedrock (saturated zone)
    • a) Fluid: groundwater level, temperature, organic and inorganic chemistry, isotopes; b) Solid: petrology and mineralogy, organic matter content and composition, geochemical composition; c) Ground penetrating radar (GPR)
  5. Surface Water
    • a) Continuous stream flow, electric conductivity, pH, catchment boundaries, stream network; b) Solute chemistry (organic and inorganic) and isotopes; c) Sediment concentration, composition and chemistry; d) cosmogenic isotope abundance in channel bed sediments

The Santa Catalina Mountains and Jemez River Basin CZO is collaborating with the Valles Caldera National Preserve Research Group to share whide area data, including meteorological, water quality, vegetation and spatial data.

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CZ colleagues: Please contact us about proposals for NSF’s CZ Collaborative Network, due 02 Dec 2019

08 Jul 2019 - CZO will end Nov 2020, succeeded by the “CZ Collaborative Network”. Let’s explore how the CZ community can build upon the CZOs via new NSF proposals.


Critical Technology for a Changing World

15 Jun 2016 - In 2014, students of a CyVerse (then iPlant Collaborative) course called Applied Concepts in Cyberinfrastructure, taught at the University of...

Water Resources Research Special Collection: Concentration-discharge relations in the critical zone

30 Oct 2017 - Water Resources Research published a new special collection in September 2017 featuring concentration-discharge research from multiple CZOs.

EOS: Taking the Pulse of the Earth’s Surface Systems

04 Dec 2015 - Taking the Pulse of the Earth's Surface Systems In September of 2014, Laurel Larsen (UC Berkley), Elizabeth Hajek (Penn State), and others...

Using a CZO network to explore the architecture, dynamics and evolution of the Critical Zone

03 Nov 2014 - The US CZO National Office has organized a webinar on December 8, 2014 at 11AM - 12:30 PM ET.

2014 All Hands Meeting

24 Apr 2014 - Information for the 2014 All Hands Meeting for the CZO Network on 21-14 September, including registration information and abstract submission.

2014 CZOData Cyber-Seminar Spring Series

06 Mar 2014 - Presentations describing the Integrated CZO Data system and how to use it; for interested CZO investigators, students & staff.

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