The Earth’s Critical Zone, Geochemistry of the Earth’s Surface meeting, GES – 10

The next Geochemistry of the Earth’s Surface meeting (GES 10) will be held in the center of Paris, France, between August 18th and 22nd, 2014. GES 10 will emphasize Critical Zone cutting edge research at all scales, from the elementary processes to global biogeochemical cycles.

The GES meeting is a small-size, friendly meeting (< 200 attendees) featuring a limited number of invited oral presentations and extensive poster sessions. Invited oral presentations will be organized in the morning and poster session will cover all afternoons. A half-day is scheduled to explore the Quartier Latin, in the footsteps of Vernadsky and Marie Curie. Social events will include wine tasting (the blood of the Critical Zone) and a relaxing, convivial banquet. Prior to the meeting, a field trip will be organized in France.

GES is a good format for student to meet established scientific leaders and participation of early career scientists is particularly encouraged. Partial support will be available for students to attend and present their work.

The general topic of the GES-10 is the Critical Zone of the Earth.

The Critical zone is a thin veneer between the rocks and the sky, from the top of the canopy down to the bedrock-soil interface. This zone is critical for humanity because this is the zone where we live, where we build our cities, from which we extract our food and our water and where we release most of our wastes. This is the fragile zone on which the natural ecosystems relies because this is where nutrients are being released from the rocks. The critical zone is also critical for the long-term climatic and oceanic regulation of the Earth.

Through the development of Critical Zone Observatories designed to capture the spatial and temporal variabiity of the Critical Zone and the development of integrated models, a real Critical Zone science is now emerging and carry the promise of Earthcasting.



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