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OZCAR: the French Critical Zone initiative: connecting the Earth’s skin observatories.

Abstract : OZCAR: the French Critical Zone initiative: connecting the Earth’s skin observatories. Fatim Hankard (1), Jérôme Gaillardet (1), Isabelle Braud (2), Olivier Bour (3), Nathalie Dörfliger (4), Catherine Galy (5), Fatima Laggoun-De´farge (6), Guillaume Nord (7), Delphine Six (7), and Tiphaine Tallec (8) (1) Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Sorbonne Paris Cité, Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France , (2) IRSTEA, UR RiverLy, Villeurbanne Cedex, France , (3) Géosciences Rennes, Univ. Rennes, Rennes, France, (4) BRGM, Orléans, France, (5) ANDRA, France, (6) Institut des Sciences de la Terre d’Orléans (ISTO), Orléans, France, (7) Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Institut des Géosciences et de L’Environnement, Grenoble, France , (8) CESBIO, Toulouse, France OZCAR (Critical Zone Observatories: Research and Applications) is a national distributed infrastructure associating most of the French observation sites dedicated to the observation and monitoring of the Critical zone, the thin outer veneer of Earth’s continents extending from the top of the vegetation canopy down to groundwater. OZCAR includes more than 60 highly instrumented sites/observatories for long-term measurements of biological, chemical and physical parameters of groundwater, river water, glaciers, soils, and wetlands in France and overseas. Each observatory focuses on one or more components of the CZ but importantly OZCAR is covering most of the lateral and vertical compartments of the CZ from mountains to costal areas. These observatories have been set up formerly to answer a local/regional scientific issue (ie. flood event prediction, acid rain resilience. . . ) but they all share the overarching question issue of predicting the response of the CZ to perturbation ranging from the second to the millions of year. They all aim at seeking and understanding the dynamic architecture of the CZ, identifying the elementary processes in order to determine mass and energy budgets, to be implemented in numerical predictive models. OZCAR’s crosscutting scientific approach to sites and disciplines using the breadth and richness of its observatories from mountains to costal areas will allow: - Concepts and instruments to be exchanged - To test hypotheses - To construct realistic predictive models of Earth’s surface evolution in response to global change at the local scale. Through environmental data portal and modeling platforms, OZCAR is not only a research infrastructure open to the scientific community, it is also aiming at advising policy makers and stakeholders on the water, soil, and biodiversity resource and the landscape scale.
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Fatim Hankard, Jérôme Gaillardet, Isabelle Braud, Olivier Bour, Fatima Laggoun-Défarge, et al.. OZCAR: the French Critical Zone initiative: connecting the Earth’s skin observatories.. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2018, Apr 2018, Vienne, Austria. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 20, pp.EGU2018-16267, 2018. ⟨insu-01768611⟩



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