Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) scientists continue to attract international recognition for their innovative research. Barbara Sherwood Lollar received the 2012 Eni Award for Protection of the Environment. The award recognizes her research on compound specific isotope analysis of volatile hydrocarbon contaminants. Sherwood Lollar serves on the DCO Executive Committee.
An article on the front page of The Washington Post (18 May 2012), “Ancient life, potentially millions of years old and barely alive, found beneath ocean floor,” is based on a Science paper by Steven D’Hondt and colleagues. D’Hondt is a member of DCO’s Deep Life Scientific Steering Committee.
Robert Hazen has received critical acclaim for his latest book, The Story of Earth, which discusses the Deep Carbon Observatory. “A fantastic, stirring read,” says New Scientist. “Concise and colorful,” writes Nature. “Cramming billions of years of geological evolution into a single book is a daunting challenge, but it’s one that Hazen, a geophysicist, has risen to splendidly,” says Science News. The Economist features an in-depth interview with Hazen, who is the Principal Investigator of DCO and a member of the DCO Executive Committee.
DCO Deep Energy Workshop
DCO’s Deep Energy Directorate convened an international workshop that highlighted initial scientific results and future scientific opportunities. Organized by Deep Energy Directorate Co-chairs David Cole and Chris Ballentine, this innovative workshop was held at the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris on 3-4 May 2012.
Chris Ballentine: Tiny Tracers Telling Tall Tales: Nobel Gas Isotopes and Critical Carbon-rich Fluids in the Crust Long Li: Deep Energy Constraints on Deep Subsurface Waters: Toward a Census of Deep Fluids Merja Itavaara: Outokumpu Deep Borehole Research Activities During 2011-2012 and Future Plans Benedicte Menez: Carbon Speciation in the Hydrating Oceanic Lithosphere and Fluxes Mediation by Deep Microbial Ecosystems Greg Holland:Two-billion-year-old Water Preserved in the Canadian Craton Igor Tolstikhin: Noble Gases in Hydrocarbons - General Relationships Mathieu Galvez: Abiotic Synthesis of Carbon Compound by Carbonate Reduction: From Nature to Experiments Vladimir G. Kutcherov: Synthesis of Complex Hydrocarbon Systems Under High Pressure: Main Results and Problems Changyong Park: Interactions of C-O-H Fluids with Mineral Surfaces Alberto Striolo: C-O-H Fluids Near Mineral Surfaces
David White: Engaging Industry Martin Schoell: Abiotic-biotic Hydrocarbon Origins Celine Dessert: Continental Hydrothermal Systems Max Coleman: The Carbon Cycle at the World's Deepest Hydrothermal Vents
Irina Plotnikova: Kazan Workshop Muriel Andreani: Serpentine Days Workshop Bernard Marty: Non-volcanic Fluxes of Deep Carbon Craig Manning: Oman Drilling Project Workshop
Robert Hazen: Earth Data Infrastructure: A DCO Legacy Jesse Ausubel: Is Methane Destiny?
Claude Jaupart: Welcome and Introductory Remarks Craig Schiffries:The Deep Carbon Observatory: Transformational Scientific Opportunities David Cole: Workshop Goals and Overview of Deep Energy Isabelle Daniel & Mitch Sogin: Overview of Deep Life Bernard Marty: Overview of Reservoir and Fluxes Craig Manning: Overview of Physics and Chemistry