Message from the Director

An astonishing look at the new field of deep carbon science is provided in Carbon in Earth, the first major collective publication of the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO). This special open-access book is being launched during the DCO International Science Meeting at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. on 3-5 March 2013.

Carbon in Earth integrates a vast body of research in physics, chemistry, biology, and Earth and space sciences. It is intended as a benchmark both for the DCO and for the broader scientific community. The 700-page book contains 20 chapters by more than 50 researchers from 9 countries. Edited by Robert Hazen, Adrian Jones, and John Baross, this volume is published in the series Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry.

In addition to the release of Carbon in Earth, the DCO International Science Meeting will feature a series of short presentations on deep carbon science highlights and discoveries by international experts who span DCO's Science Directorates (Extreme Chemistry and Physics; Reservoirs and Fluxes; Deep Energy; and Deep Life). It will highlight cross-directorate research and groundbreaking instrumentation.

The DCO International Science Meeting will address DCO’s ongoing activities and plans for the future. It will include working sessions that address such topics as DCO's Decadal Goals, Data Science, Engagement, Instrumentation, and Field Studies.  

Perspectives from U.S. government agencies and scientific societies will be provided by such leaders as Wendy Harrison, Director of the Earth Sciences Division of the U.S. National Science Foundation; Suzette Kimball, Acting Director of the U.S. Geological Survey; P. Patrick Leahy, Executive Director of the American Geosciences Institute; Marcia McNutt, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, October 2009-February 2013; and Frank Press, President of the U.S. national Academy of Sciences from 1981-1993. 

DCO Events in 2013

The Deep Carbon Observatory is organizing and co-sponsoring an ambitious series of workshops and scientific sessions in 2013, including: 

  • Gordon Research Conference on Geobiology: Microbe-Mineral Interactions, Biomineralization, and the Rock Record (27 Jan. – 1 Feb. 2013) Ventura, California, USA
  • DCO Deep Energy Directorate Workshop (31 Jan. – 1 Feb. 2013) Manchester, UK 
  • DCO International Science Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting (3-5 March 2013) Washington, DC, USA
  • 10th International Workshop on Water Dynamics: Deep Carbon Cycle (12-17 March 2013) Sendai, Japan 
  • Kazan Workshop on Abiotic Hydrocarbons (13-17 April 2013) Kazan, Russia
  • CHIKYU+10 International Workshop with DCO keynote speaker (21-23 April 2013) Tokyo, Japan
  • Deep Life Directorate All Hands Meeting (14-15 May 2013) Portland, Oregon or Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Japan Geoscience Union Meeting, DCO session (19-24 May 2013) Makuhari Messe, Japan
  • International Conference on High Pressure Science & Technology (APS-SCCM & AIPAPT-24), Deep Carbon Budget Special Session (7-12 July 2013) Seattle, Washington, USA
  • Goldschmidt Conference, DCO sessions and keynotes (25-30 August 2013) Florence, Italy
  • DCO Sandpit Workshop on Volcano Monitoring: Next Generation Gas Instrumentation (2-5 September 2013) Etna, Italy
  • DCO Executive Committee Meeting (19-20 September 2013) London, UK
  • Deep Carbon Cycle Symposium: Mineralogy and Crystal Chemistry of Carbon-Bearing Compounds (27 September – 1 October 2013) Novosibirsk, Russia
  • American Geophysical Union Meeting, DCO sessions (9-15 Dec. 2013) San Francisco, California, USA
  • Sandpit workshop on bioreactors (tba)

DCO welcomes the opportunity to co-sponsor sessions at other scientific conferences. The Deep Carbon Observatory is actively seeking to build new scientific collaborations and partnerships worldwide to advance global knowledge of the deep carbon cycle. 

Craig M. Schiffries


Tel: (202) 478-8819


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