Carbonate Critical Zone Research Coordination Network



  • Further transdisciplinary and collaborative science to aid the understanding of carbonate-rich Critical Zones.
  • Foster a diverse and inclusive community of students and investigators.


  • Identify critical knowledge gaps and develop forward-looking research questions.
  • Improve understanding of how carbonate and silicate minerals may cause different CZ properties and processes.
  • Attract and develop an interdisciplinary group of scholars and students.
  • Build capacity in state of the art techniques used to study carbonate Critical Zones.
  • Increase the number of scholars and researchers from underrepresented groups.


  • Field Workshops
  • Conference Workshops
  • Trainings
  • Compilation of available data
  • Organize on-going working groups

About Critical Zones:

The Earth’s Critical Zone, defined as the region from the tops of the trees to the bottom of the groundwater, provides life-sustaining resources including food production, water quality, and other ecosystem services.  Over the last decade the National Science Foundation funded Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) network has transformed our  understanding of how critical zone (CZ) processes regulate the production of these services. However, none of the CZOs within the network occur in landscapes underlain by carbonate bedrock (which cover about a quarter of Earth’s land surface), limiting the development of a holistic understanding of CZ processes.

"After Chorover et al, 2007. Catalina-Jemez CZO."
"After Chorover et al, 2007. Catalina-Jemez CZO."

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