Message from the Director - February 2012

The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) convened the inaugural meeting of its International Science Advisory Committee in Washington, DC at the Carnegie Institution of Washington on 8-9 February 2012.  This meeting was critical for charting DCO's future and ensuring the success and vitality of the entire program.  Specifically, it provided an opportunity to address the DCO's goals, scientific progress, and potential breakthroughs.  The meeting also resulted in the evolution of the vision and goals of the DCO's four science directorates:  Deep Energy, Deep Life, Physics and Chemistry of Carbon, and Reservoirs and Fluxes. 


DCO now has the prospect of much greater impact through a clearly articulated and compelling communication and engagement plan that is nearly complete. The DCO is also developing a data science and management plan that will likely transform the way we conduct our science, while also producing new resources that will sustain the DCO’s science for decades to come.  


The DCO International Science Advisory Committee meeting engaged more than 85 scientists from nine countries, bringing together for the first time members of the Scientific Steering Committees of the four DCO Science Directorates as well as the DCO Executive Committee.  The meeting also included guests from government agencies, academic institutions, and industry.  


This successful meeting will be followed by workshops organized by the Physics and Chemistry of Carbon Directorate and the Deep Energy Directorate.  Upcoming DCO meetings include:

  • Physics and Chemistry of Carbon Workshop: 29-31 March 2012, Davis, California, USA
  • Deep Energy Workshop: 3-4 May 2012, Paris, France
  • Serpentinization Workshop: 2-6 September 2012, Porquerolles Island, France 
  • DCO Executive Committee Meeting: 20-21 September 2012, Berlin, Germany

DCO sessions are being organized at several scientific conferences, including a Pardee Keynote Symposium on “Understanding Earth Through Carbon” at the Geological Society of American Annual Meeting on 4-7 November 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  


Craig M. Schiffries


Tel: (202) 478-8819

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