The CZOs strive to educate the general public.
Study of the Critical Zone is a new and evolving realm of science - by necessity, the CZO education and outreach effort has focused on the Earth science community. Nonetheless, the CZOs strive to educate the general public, for example through our presence at the second U.S. Science and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C. during April 2012. Our exhibit booth included a variety of pamphlets as well as hands-on activities: geologists demonstrated various processes of weathering and erosion, ecologists showed how to determine the leaf-area index of a forest, and hydrologists used on-line tools to show how land use change affects hydrologic characteristics of a landscape.
Grades 3 - 16
Virtual Fieldwork • Activity • Project
See an annotated list of technical tools for creating Virtual Fieldwork Experiences about a site. Tools include smartphone apps for capturing imagery and other data as well as accessing information (ie geologic maps). Desktop and web-based software is also included, as is some hardware.
Users will both create and access media to explain why a site looks the way it does.
Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education • Research Community
Observatory: National CZO
Author: Don Haas (PRI)
Grades 9 - 14
Information • Video
A short web page that answers questions like: what is the Critical Zone? Why it is so important? Why does it need to be studied? The page includes text, images, and video.
Be able to discuss where the Critical Zone fits on Earth's surface and its importance to Humans and all life.
Audience: K-12 • General Public • Higher Education
Observatory: National CZO • Boulder CZO • Calhoun CZO • Catalina-Jemez CZO • Christina CZO • Eel CZO • IML CZO • Luquillo CZO • Reynolds CZO • Shale Hills CZO • Sierra CZO
Author: CZO National Office
Grades 9 - 12
Biology/Ecology • Geomorphology • Outreach/EducationResearch
An illustrated introduction to the Eel River Critical Zone Observatory in the Angelo Coast Range Reserve.
After reading this cartoon, students will be able to:
Grades 6 - 14
All Disciplines • SoilScience/Pedology • Biology/Molecular • Hydrology
Watch fascinating, public lectures from four Catalina-Jemez CZO researchers. The 30-minute lectures are part of the Critical Zone Science Cafe Series from Fall 2015, in Tucson, AZ.
Viewers will be able to describe:
Audience: K-12 • General Public
Observatory: Catalina-Jemez CZO
Author: Jon Chorover (U of Arizona), Craig Rasmussen (U of Arizona), Rachel Gallery (U of Arizona) and Tom Meixner (U of Arizona)
Funding: The Catalina-Jemez Critical Zone Observatory in collaboration with the University of Arizona Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium.
05 Jun 2020 (Calhoun) - Four 2 minute pieces featuring Paul Schroeder talking about clay were aired on NPR's Pulse of the Planet in February 2020. Please see the links...
04 May 2020 (Sierra) - Onward California - University of California television spots showcase Southern Sierra CZO research
14 Nov 2018 (Calhoun) - How critical zone science unearths secrets: The new cross-disciplinary field of study concerns itself with the living skin of the Earth.
06 Nov 2018 (National, Boulder, Eel, Reynolds, Sierra) - Marshall Receives 2018 Luna B. Leopold Young Scientist Award