A critical zone observatory is a watershed in which scientists position measuring instruments to better understand the dynamics of the Earth. Each observatory answers a specific question, often triggered by human disturbance. The challenge is therefore to better understand the disruption of the system caused by the new climate regime; and possibly to develop scientific and political proposals to address it.
The instruments installed outside the laboratory, directly on site, make it possible to see the landscape in a different way. In the critical zone, we do not see a tree, a slope, a river or a bacterium, but rather exchanges, transfers, flows, porosities.
In order to capture these phenomena, scientists, architects and researchers invite us to explore this instrumented landscape, this observatory of the critical zone, by a scaling gesture which reconstitutes the watershed in the space of the ZKM. We are going to observe the critical zone of the Strengbach in Alsace. From spot to spot (the map is there to guide us), the instruments help us discover the site, the variations of natural agents and their reaction to disturbances.
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