Message from the Director

The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) has ambitious plans for 2013. We look forward to the release of Carbon in Earth, a 700-page book edited by Robert Hazen, Adrian Jones, and John Baross. This volume in theReviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry  (RiMG) series contains 20 papers related to many of DCO’s decadal goals. The book will provide a benchmark for our current knowledge of Earth’s deep carbon—both for the DCO and the broader scientific community. 

Carbon in Earth will be released during the DCO International Science Meeting at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. on 3-5 March 2013. The meeting will also 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) as well as cross-directorate research and groundbreaking instrumentation. Participants will discuss DCO’s ongoing activities and plans for the future. 

The DCO International Science Meeting will bring together DCO’s Science Advisory Committee with representatives of DCO research projects as well as other experts and leaders of the scientific community. Guest speakers will include Frank Press, President of the U.S. National Academy of Science from 1981-1993 and Science Advisor to the President of the United States from 1977-1980; Marcia McNutt, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey from 2009-2013; and Wendy Harrison, Director of the Earth Science Division of the U.S. National Science Foundation.

Future DCO Events

The Deep Carbon Observatory is organizing and co-sponsoring a robust series of workshops and scientific sessions in 2013: 

·      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,
·      Kazan Workshop on Abiotic Hydrocarbons (13-17 April 2013) Kazan, Russia
·      CHIKYU+10 International Workshop with DCO keynote speakers (21-23 April 2013) Tokyo, Japan
·      Japan Geoscience Union Meeting, DCO session (19-24 May 2013) Makuhari Messe, Japan
·      DCO Sandpit Workshop on Volcano Monitoring: Next Generation Gas Instrumentation (summer 2013)
       Etna, Italy
·      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 (25-30 August 2013) Florence, 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

Additional DCO meetings and workshops will be announced throughout the year. The Deep Carbon Observatory welcomes the opportunity to co-sponsor sessions at other scientific conferences.  Please contact us to discuss future opportunities. 

Craig M. Schiffries

Tel: (202) 478-8819


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