Collaborative Research Center 1076

The Collaborative Research Center 1076 AquaDiva focuses on the important roles of water (Aqua) and biodiversity (Diva) for shaping the structure, properties and functions of the subsurface, the part of the Earth's Critical Zone (CZ) that begins below the highest density of plant roots (~0.3 meters) and extends down into the first aquifers (~100 meters). The project seeks to answer fundamental questions about the subsurface: What biota live there? How do they interact with and reflect their environment? and How do they reflect surface properties? Answers to these fundamental questions are required to understand how increasing human activities impact this zone, and in turn the services it provides.