The Water Institute coordinated Carbonate Critical Zone Research Coordination Network is accepting applications to participate in its First Field Workshop, to be held August 2-5, 2020 at Temple University in Philadelphia with a field trip to Central PA and Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory.  Funded by the National Science Foundation the Carbonate CZ-RCN aims to further transdisciplinary and collaborative science to aid the understanding of carbonate-rich Critical Zones.

At this first workshop participants will examine how increasing carbonate mineral content impacts CZ processes, up to and including pure carbonate CZs.  This review seeks to identify data and tools available to define and address relevant research questions, determine information gaps, and build consensus on future research needs. During the field trip participants will examine recent and historic monitoring in the well-known karst springs described in Shuster and White (1971) and visit with researchers at the Shale Hills CZ Observatory.  The workshop will also include training on new data logging techniques.

Workshop outcomes will include white papers, peer-reviewed publications, and seed ideas for proposal development spearheaded by interdisciplinary working groups.

The Steering Committee anticipates approximately 40 participants, although the final number will depend on funding availability. Participant support will be distributed to ensure a diverse range of disciplines, topics of interest, career stage and demographics.  If you are interested in attending this workshop, please complete this application form by May 1st, 2020.

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