The UWA Institute of Agriculture

Critical Zone Observatory

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Asst/Prof Matthias Leopold

Phone: (+61) 6488 2769

Email: [email protected]

Assoc/Prof Deirdre Gleeson

Phone: (+61) 6488 3593

Email: [email protected]



The UWA Future Farm in Pingelly is the site of the new Avon River Catchment Critical Zone Observatory. The research site is part of an international network of environmental observatories that scientists around the world use to study what they call Earth’s “Critical Zone” (

There are approximately 50 Critical Zone Observatories globally but most are in Europe and the United States. To make the study of Earth’s critical zone truly global Critical Zone Observatories are needed in locations where climate, soils and land management differ from that of Europe and the United States.

The Avon River Catchment Critical Zone Observatory was established in 2013. It is the first in the southern hemisphere and UWA is the first Australian university to be a part of the network of research sites. The site will provide a focus for local, national and international researchers who study this critical part of the environment.

To begin the research at Australia’s first Critical Zone Observatory, UWA will host an International Workshop in April. The workshop will bring together local researchers and international experts in Critical Zone Observatories - Program details coming soon.