Lab trip to Biosphere 2, Arizona

Lab Trip

On Sunday, Anna, Chris, Jaivime and Willemijn flew to Arizona to begin a two-week stay at the University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 facility. We’re teaming up with Peter Troch and colleagues to run some experiments on their recently constructed Landscape Evolution Observatory – a collection of three artificial 360 m2 hillslopes. The facility is offering a great opportunity for us to explore some common research questions concerning the potential importance of the capillary fringe and near-stream groundwater ridging in the delivery of large volumes of old, pre-event water to streams.

We’ll be posting regular updates on the experiments, as well as lab gatherings with recent graduates (Luke and Cody) and others. Keep an eye out!

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Arizona-bound at the airport!

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The Biosphere 2 facility

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One of the three LEO hillslopes (with cups measuring the spatial variability in simulated rainfall)

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Getting a tour of the underside of the hillslopes and all of the installed sensors and equipment

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