The Critical Zone encompasses the external or near-surface Earth extending from the top of the vegetation canopy down to and including the zone of freely circulating groundwater. This project engages college students and teachers in a summer research internship studying two observatories: the Christina River Basin and the Susquehanna Shale Hills site. Participants engage in real-world, hands-on experiences examining and presenting on their particular research focus within the Critical Zone.
Funded by: National Science Foundation
Principal Investigators: Anthony K. Aufdenkampe and Susan Gill; Timothy S. White (The Pennsylvania State University)
Collaborators: Tara Muenz, David B. Arscott, Jinjun Kan, Melinda D. Daniels, and Heather Brooks; Holly Michael and Jim Pizzuto (University of Delaware)
Project Years: 2014, 2015, 2016