2015 Annual Conferences of the:
- U.S.-China EcoPartnership for Environmental Sustainability
- China-U.S. Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change and
In collaboration with the NSF Cross-CZO Working Group on Organic Matter and Consortium for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc. (CUAHSI)

Online registration is now closed. You may still register by filling out this interactive registration form. This is so the organizers can compile the data to finalize shuttles, abstracts, meals etc. Please email the completed registration form to Amanda Schreiber.

CUAHSI Instrument Training Short Course
Oct. 20-21, 2015

The Role of Runoff and Erosion on Soil Carbon Stocks

Conference and Workshop
Oct. 22-24, 2015

Critical Zone Science, Sustainability, and Services in a Changing World

Conference Description and Schedule

Rapid growth in human population, changing consumption patterns, and climate change are intensifying pressures on the Earth’s “Critical Zone” (CZ), the thin surface layer from the top of vegetation to the bottom of aquifers, especially in emerging economies such as China.

The 2015 Joint Annual Symposium of the US-China EcoPartnership for Environmental Sustainability (USCEES) and the China-US Joint Research Center for Ecosystem and Environmental Change (JRCEEC) will bring together and leverage the bi-national research communities and strengths of these two organizations, as well as members of the US Critical Zone Observatories (US-CZO) network, to address key aspects of CZ function and the threats to its sustainable use brought on by changing climate, increases in urbanization and population, and increased pressures for resource extraction.

This conference represents an ideal opportunity to address global challenges to critical zone function, and to identify and discuss common questions and supporting measures to facilitate networked critical zone research with specific focus on systems in the US and China.

Cross-CZO Working Group

In conjunction with this conference, the Cross-CZO Working Group on Organic Matter of the US Critical Zone Observatories network will run their 2015 workshop on “Flux, Stabilization and Reactivity of Organic Matter in the Critical Zone” with the goal of discussing scientific findings and making recommendations for common measurements, common methods, common laboratories, common experiments and common questions to support cross US-CZO and international CZ science.

CUAHSI Training Short Course

Additionally, we will host an instrument training short course sponsored by the Consortium for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science Inc. (CUAHSI) on “The Role of Runoff and Erosion on Soil Carbon Stocks: From Soilscapes to Landscapes” for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.

Note: Abstract length should NOT exceed 300 words.
Sample: Abstract Sample

To help facilitate the CZ workshop process we encourage abstracts that specifically articulate how the work:

  1. Explicitly tests a CZO’s working hypothesis at another CZO(s), or demonstrates how that might be done
  2. Applies new analytical, observational, or modeling tools to elucidate a fundamental Critical Zone process
  3. Demonstrates or proposes a field or laboratory experiment or manipulation that highlights a fundamental Critical Zone process, and presents it in the context of CZ science.
  4. Describes methodological challenges (experimental, observational, or data/analytical) that emerge as a key feature of the CZ approach, and perhaps offers ideas for resolving these issues.

Closing Conference Event and Departure Logistics - Riverboat Dinner and Cultural Cruise in Chicago

We are very pleased to invite you to join us for an exciting closing conference event! We have arranged a riverboat dinner and cultural cruise in Chicago highlighting the rich architectural history of that great city. Chicago’s Fair Lady offers a spectacular cruising experience wonderful for stargazing or admiring Chicago’s world renowned skyline! Learn more at www.cruisechicago.com. Boarding will begin upon arrival at 5:30pm and will leave the dock promptly at 6:00pm. Tickets are complimentary for the first 100 registrants. You will be asked in the registration whether you plan on attending the dinner cruise. This includes a 3 hour cruise, a tapas buffet by Café Ba Ba Reeba and beer and wine for the evening. We arrive back to the dock at 9:00pm.

At the close of the final conference dinner we have arranged two options for bus transportation. You can take the bus back to Purdue, arriving approximately 12:30 am local time, or take the bus to the Hilton Garden Inn at O’hare International Airport where we will provide hotel rooms free of charge for our international guests for Saturday night.  This hotel offers a free shuttle to the O’Hare International Airport, which you will take to catch your departure flight if you are leaving on October 25 from ORD. If you are a domestic flier we also suggest staying at this hotel if you plan to leave the next day from ORD. If you choose to make other lodging plans you will need to arrange for your own transportation.  If you are flying into or out of Indianapolis International airport (IND) please specify so in the registration form. Based on the itineraries we receive we will try to coordinate a shuttle to Purdue or direct you to a commercial shuttle service such as Lafayette Limo or Star of America which may be your best option for timely travel to and from Purdue.

For more information

US-China EcoPartnership for Environmental Sustainability at Discovery Park’s Global Sustainability Institute
English Language - www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/ecopartnership/
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