Land | Major Projects
NSF-supported researchers study all aspects of the land-climate connection. Some of these efforts include:
Center for Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas (SAHRA)
The Center for Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas, an NSF Science and Technology Center (STC), furnishes new knowledge to elected officials, water managers and policy experts to augment their ability to improve the sustainability of water resources in the U.S. and around the world.
Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON)
The Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON), an international ecological collaboration, is advancing our understanding of lakes' roles in the global carbon balance. Researchers from the U.S. are collaborating with international scientists to form a network of sensors deployed on lakes to gather data on metabolism and nutrient cycling.
Critical Zone Observatories
The CZO network represents the first set of systems-based observatories dedicated to land surface processes, which include the water cycle, the break-down of rocks and formation of soil, the geochemical and physical erosion of that soil, the evolution of rivers and valleys and patterns of vegetation.