Message from the Director - July/August 2012

DCO Sessions at GSA and AGU Meetings

The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is planning scientific sessions at both the 2012 Geological Society of America (GSA) and 2012 American Geophysical Union (AGU) meetings.  Members of the DCO community are encouraged to submit abstracts to these sessions, which provide opportunities to present new research and increase awareness of DCO. 

DCO is sponsoring a Pardee Keynote Symposium on “Understanding Earth through Carbon” at the 2012 GSA Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA on 4-7 November 2012. This keynote symposium will feature talks by authors of Carbon in Earth, a forthcoming volume of Reviews in Mineralogy and Petrology (RiMG) that is edited by DCO Executive Committee members Robert Hazen, Adrian Jones and John Baross. This volume provides a benchmark of our present understanding of Earth’s carbon—both what we know and what we have yet to learn. Pardee Keynote Symposia are special events and advertised extensively by GSA. The goals of the Pardee Keynote Symposia are to highlight significant papers that have an impact on our science and to appeal to a wide, multidisciplinary audience. In addition to the Pardee Keynote Symposium, DCO is sponsoring a Topical Session, “T2.  Understanding Earth through Carbon,” which is open to abstract submissions in all areas of research related to the Deep Carbon Observatory.  The abstract deadline is 14 August 2012.

DCO will have a substantial presence at the 2012 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco on 3-7 December 2012.  DCO collaborators are organizing sessions relevant to all four DCO science directorates. For example, DCO Executive Committee member Robert Hazen is co-organizing a session with Patricia Dove on Co-Evolution of the Geosphere and Biosphere. DCO Extreme Physics and Chemistry Co-Chairs Giulia Galli and Craig Manning are organizing a session with Abby Kavner on Physics and Chemistry of Deep Carbon. Invited speakers at their session include DCO collaborators Wendy Mao, Artem Oganov, and Rajeep Dasgupta. DCO collaborator Dionysis Foustoukos is co-organizing sessions on Redox Controls on C-O-H Equilibria in the Earth’s Interior and Serpentinization and Dehydration as a Major Process for Deep Earth Elemental Cycling. DCO Executive Committee member Eiji Ohtani and DCO Reservoirs and Fluxes Scientific Steering Committee member Marc Hirschmann are invited speakers at a session on Volatiles in Earth’s Interior and their Effect on Physical Properties.  The deadline for submitting abstracts to these and other AGU sessions is 8 August 2012.


Future DCO Events

DCO is convening and co-sponsoring a series of upcoming workshops and meetings, including:

  • Serpentine Days Workshop: 2-6 September 2012, Porquerolles Island, France
  • ICDP Workshop:Oman Drilling Project: 13-17 September 2012, Palisades, NY, USA
  • DCO Executive Committee Meeting: 20-21 September 2012, Berlin, Germany
  • Geological Society of America Meeting: 4-7 November 2012, Charlotte, NC, USA
  • American Geophysical Union Meeting, 3-7 December 2012, San Francisco, CA, USA

The Deep Carbon Observatory welcomes the opportunity to co-sponsor sessions at other scientific conferences.  Please contact me to discuss future opportunities. 

Craig M. Schiffries

Tel: (202) 478-8819

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