Researchers will seek to uncover links between how water is stored in the critical zone and how that affects key processes in forest ecology, rock and soil chemistry, and water quality. This interdisciplinary work will also help predict how climate change might modify these interactions and change water—and therefore life in the West.
“The critical zone is the surface of the Earth that supports life,” said Holly Barnard, lead principal investigator, associate professor of geography and fellow at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). “It very much influences our quality of life.”
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