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Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe

26th Goldschmidt Conference

International conference covering all aspects of geochemistry and related fields
When 26 Jun, 2016 12:00 AM to
01 Jul, 2016 12:00 AM
Where Yokohama, Japan
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The 26th Goldschmidt Conference will be in Yokohama, Japan on 26th June to the 1st of July. The organisers welcome scientists from all around the world to join them for what will be an exciting conference covering all aspects of geochemistry and related fields. Several sessions (e.g. 11a and particularly 11g) concern the earth's critical zone.

Session 11g: Towards International Critical Zone Research in the Anthropocene: The Biogeochemistry of Ecosystems and Services

The Critical Zone (CZ) spans from the top of the vegetative canopy to the actively cycled groundwater providing life sustaining ecosystem services such as freshwater, fertile soil, contaminant attenuation, carbon sequestration and much more. However, rapid population growth and global climate change during the Anthropocene poses challenges to the Earth as the CZ, and its associated ecosystems, are pushed to balance increased demand (e.g. crop yield) while maintaining the CZ’s natural structure and other important ecosystem functions. Biogeochemical processes are central to providing these services and supporting the sustainability of the CZ at local, regional and global scales. We invite contributions that use biogeochemistry tools to understand how the CZ responds to stresses imposed by Anthropocene forcings including (but not limited to) climate events, acidification, land-use and degradation, fertilization, urbanization, soil erosion, drought and wildfire. Study systems can range across pristine to urbanized gradients. Abstracts reporting on international collaborative research efforts are welcome as well as contributions with visions on how to expand local/regional research to form a global network. It is not a requirement that research or presenters/authors are officially affiliated with a Critical Zone Observatory. Rather we wish to highlight international research that examines biogeochemical processes with Critical Zone perspective.

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