Purdue University Hosts Conference on Critical Zone Science, Sustainability, and Services in a Changing World

December 04, 2015

On Oct 20-24, 2015, Purdue University hosted a conference and workshop dedicated to Critical Zone Science, Sustainability, and Services in a Changing World. Organized by the U.S.-China EcoPartnership for Environmental Sustainability, the Intensively Managed Landscapes Critical Zone Observatory (CZO), and the Working Group on Organic Matter Dynamics in the Critical Zone Observatory Network, the gathering brought together over 150 leading researchers and their students to share the latest science related to terrestrial ecosystem function and vulnerability, and to discuss and debate options for sustainable use of natural resources. The conference attracted broad institutional participation with 22 U.S. and 16 Chinese academic and research institutions represented. Members of the newly funded China Critical Zone Observatory Network were also in attendance and engaged in discussions to promote binational cross-CZO research.

The conference included invited lectures, panel discussions, workshops, and opportunities for informal networking. Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture gave a lecture and addressed the importance of critical zone concepts in food security. As a result of the conference, participants identified important knowledge gaps and opportunities for partnering strategies with an eye towards making recommendations for common questions, common measurements, common methods, common laboratories, and common experiments to support cross-U.S. CZO and international CZ science in the area of organic matter dynamics. 

For more information, please see the file below. To learn more about the Purdue University/China Acadamy of Science EcoPartnership, please click here.