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Gases from Manam volcano blend with low clouds in this image captured by one of the drones from the DCO ABOVE expedition.

DCO ABOVE (Aerial-based Observations of Volcanic Emissions) is a project to explore volcanic emissions in Papua New Guinea using cutting-edge drone technologies. Led by Emma Liu of the University of Cambridge, UK, the expedition will see an international team of scientists collaborating with local volcano observatories to investigate these strongly degassing volcanoes. Read more about part one of the project here.

DCO Research Mantle ‘Tantrum’ Released Burst of Volatiles

Traces of ancient atmosphere trapped in rocks from the Archaean eon provide evidence of the sudden release of volcanic gases around 2.5 billion years ago. This burst of gases may be linked to the Great Oxidation Event, when Earth experienced a rapid rise in surface oxygen levels....

DCO Highlights Deep Carbon Observatory: A Decade of Discovery

This decadal report details remarkable scientific advancements in the understanding of deep carbon—how much exists and where, how it moves, what forms it takes, and where it originated—made by an international community of 1200 scientists from 55 nations, who came together over the last decade to explore these questions. ...

DCO Highlights C in 3D

New 3D, interactive visualizations developed in collaboration with virtual reality researchers at the University of California, Davis, are helping Earth scientists to make sense of complex, three-dimensional data sets....

DCO Highlights Putting Deep Life on the Map

By mapping existing data on subsurface life onto a model of Earth, researchers have created a 3D interactive globe of deep life and are refining estimates of subsurface biomass....

DCO Highlights DCO at the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting

The AGU Fall Meeting returns to the Moscone Center in San Francisco for 2019. Use this day-by-day guide to find sessions of interest to DCO researchers....

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Learn more about DCO's integrative approach, which emphasizes cross-disciplinary research activities in data science, instrumentation, field studies, and modeling and visualization, or discover deep carbon research by exploring DCO books, special issues, and journal articles.

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Extreme Physics and Chemistry Dedicated to improving our understanding of the physical and chemical behavior of carbon at extreme conditions, as found in the deep interiors of Earth and other planets.
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Reservoirs and Fluxes Dedicated to identifying deep carbon reservoirs, determining how carbon moves among these reservoirs, and assessing Earth’s total carbon budget.
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Deep Energy Dedicated to understanding the volume and rates of abiogenic hydrocarbons and other organic species in the crust and mantle through geological time.
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Deep Life Dedicated to assessing the nature and extent of the deep microbial and viral biosphere.
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