In October, Eos highlights the importance of critical zone science, the research that is moving it forward, and the role it will play in connecting people across various communities.
Critical Zone Science Comes of Age — The developing field, which unites Earth scientists to examine the planet’s surface as a single, unified entity, is unraveling the complex, interconnected processes that support life on Earth.
Critical Agents of Change at Earth’s Surface — By way of agriculture and industry, humans have major influences on the critical zone. Our past and present effects on the landscape, soil, and water will echo for a long time to come.
Life Teems Below the Surface — Scientists are resolving how plants, microbes, and lithology sculpt the structure of the critical zone.
Linking Critical Zone Water Storage and Ecosystems — The geology and the structure of Earth’s critical zone control subsurface moisture storage potential and determine the resilience of forest and river ecosystems to drought.
Soil Signals Tell of Landscape Disturbances — The lasting influence humans have on Earth’s critical zone—and how geologic forces have mediated those influences—is revealed in studies of soil and carbon migration.
Demystifying Critical Zone Science to Make It More Inclusive — A new network that embraces scientists with wide-ranging experiences and expertise aims to solve the challenges of Earth’s critical zone.
Next Steps for the Critical Zone — In October, Eos examines a pivotal point for a field of science that’s starting to make a name for itself.
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