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Australian Critical Zone Observatory Network

Five intensive monitoring sites are being established across Australia to enable Critical Zone Science in the Southern Hemisphere.  See and for more information.

Australian Critical Zone Observatory Network: Projects

A Foundational Network

Australian Critical Zone Observatory Network: Projects

What is the Critical Zone?

Australia’s critical zone is formed by planet Earth’s outer skin, from treetop to bedrock. This is the zone where water, atmosphere, ecosystems, soil and rock interact—and where almost all land-based life is found.


Where are Australia's Critical Zone Observatories?

The Australian CZO network (OzCZO) is being collaboratively developed and managed by a team of researchers from the University of Western Australia, the University of Adelaide, the University of the Sunshine Coast, James Cook University, and the University of New South Wales. Generous co-contributions to the ARC LIEF funding from these six universities make the project possible.



The OzCZOs are a community resource.  Please be in touch if you would like to work at these sites.  Data will be made available through the TERN portal.  More to come soon.

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