Critical Zone Observatory to be established at the Calhoun Experimental Forest
Posted by Sharon Billings on 4 November 2013
Sharon Billings is part of a newly-funded effort to help establish a new Critical Zone Observatory at the Calhoun Experimental Forest in South Carolina, USA. A team of investigators at multiple universities, including KU, and lead by Duke University's Dr. Daniel Richter has been awarded a five-year grant to investigate the extent to which modern forests mask the effects of over one hundred years of row crop agriculture on the site's easily erodible soils. The NSF-funded project will support graduate students, post-docs, and faculty to develop the CZO's infrastructure, analyze and curate data collected at the site during the past ~60 years, and test newly formed hypotheses based on our understanding of these forests' functioning.
Erosion after more than a century of row crop agriculture on land now supporting the Calhoun Experimental Forest, South Carolina. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.