Christina River Basin Critical Zone Observatory
In 2009, the University of Delaware, in collaboration with Stroud Water Research Center, received a $4.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the Christina River Basin Critical Zone Observatory (CRB-CZO) for researching questions relating to climate change. The CRB-CZO was active from 2009 to 2013.
The CRB-CZO integrated knowledge of water, mineral, and carbon cycles to quantify human impact on Critical Zone carbon sequestration — from soils to sea. It was located in the Piedmont and Atlantic Coastal Plain which provides drinking water to a million people in Delaware and Pennsylvania. CRB-CZO was one of ten NSF-supported critical zone observatories.
Research Experience for Teachers and Undergraduates
From 2014–2016, the CRB-CZO and the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory (The Pennsylvania State University) jointly hosted National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Teachers (RET) and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) programs. View the completed research.
More than 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications were produced from CRB-CZO research.
Additional archived content can be found on the archived website for the national CZO program.