Message from the Director-November 2011


I am enthusiastic about serving as Director of the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) and contributing to its bold scientific mission.  The DCO is creating unprecedented opportunities for achieving a transformational understanding of Earth’s deep carbon cycle.  In addition to its substantive scientific contributions, the DCO will help foster new ways of pursuing scientific discoveries and communicating those discoveries to diverse audiences.

The Deep Carbon Observatory’s decadal goals are being refined with input from the DCO Executive Committee, Science Advisory Committee, and the broader scientific community. The DCO will foster multidisciplinary and international cooperation in addressing nano- to global-scale questions, including the nature and extent of deep microbial life, the fluxes of carbon dioxide from the world's volcanoes, and the distribution and characteristics of deep hydrocarbons.

The DCO is developing an institutional framework that is optimized for achieving its decadal goals.  DCO’s four science directorates are being complemented by two crosscutting initiatives in data science and management and in communications and engagement.  In order to achieve its objectives, the DCO will work in close cooperation with other organizations.  The DCO is pursuing formal and informal partnerships with a global network of organizations. 

I encourage you to participate in the DCO Town Hall meeting at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Conference in San Francisco on Monday, 5 December 2011 from 6:15 – 7:15 p.m (Moscone West, Room 2009).  The Town Hall meeting will provide an opportunity to inform the scientific community about DCO and to gather input from the broad community.

Craig M. Schiffries
Tel: (202) 478-8819

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