The French LTER network met to discuss progress in their unique data portal
4 April 2022
The annual meeting of the French OZCAR NRI (Critical Zone Observatories, research and applications) was held in the South of France, March 7 to 10th, 2022 at Vogüe on the banks of the Ardèche River under the scientific banner "sediments and contamination".
The OZCAR NRI gathers 21 long-term field observatories monitoring one or several compartments of the Critical Zone and aims to develop a systemic understanding of the environment. The conference was held in a hybrid mode and allowed the participants (more than 110 people) to appreciate the achievements made over the past year by the NRI. This has included: progress in developing a unique data portal, developments at the interface between data and models, progress in shared instrumentation and on the transverse research themes.
Two invited keynotes, Gilles Brocard and Emma Rochel-Newall, illustrated the virtue of ecosystem multidisciplinary approaches. The field visit focused on the hydrometeorological observatory of the Claduègne watershed, the presentation of the ongoing research projects in this catchment and a meeting with local stakeholders.
The last day of the meeting focused on the international context with a presentation of the International Critical Zone initiative for early career scientists by Sylvain Küppel, a brief overview of the Critical zone observatory of the Instrumented Farm at Leeds University (UK) by Steven Banwart and a presentation of the recent development of site categorization in eLTER-RI by Michael Mirtl. Participants enjoyed meeting physically after the long period of COVID-related travel restrictions and enjoyed the many opportunities offered by these busy days to exchange ideas about science and observation.