Experiments in have been carried out in Earth System and Planetary Sciences to observe the unobservable and measure the unmeasurable processes during natural events. Experiments can help to simulate processes of low frequency or those where the researcher is not at the right time at the right place. They have been used to understand and quantify processes, to find control parameters and conceptualize processes as well as to test theories. Experiments cover therefore a wide range of process complexities and scales. They can be used to get insight into details of processes or into the general development of their corresponding forms. Experimental research can be understood as a direct reproduction of the process of interest, but also as a (often scaled) physical model of the process.
This session is thought to join into a common discussion reserachers who work in any kind of
• field experiments
• laboratory experiments
• scaled experiments
• develop model concepts based on experiments
• develop experimental approaches to conceptualise models
in the fields of soil system sciences research, earth and planetary geomorphology, and hydrology. We encourage all scientists working in the playing field of experiments to join the session to close the gap between qualitative observation, conceptual abstraction measured or modelled quantification.