October 2010 Newsletter

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Carnegie Institution of Washington
Home of the Deep Carbon Observatory Secretariat

DCO's One-Year Anniversary

Dear Colleagues,

    It's hard to believe that DCO's first year is in the books! It's been a whirlwind, with lots accomplished and a lot more to do.

    Year 1 was devoted primarily to building an international DCO community and developing a sound administrative framework for this ambitious 10-year program. The Secretariat now boasts three full-time employees — Program Director Connie Bertka, Program Associate Andrea Mangum, and Program Assistant Lauren Cryan, all based at our offices at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution in Washington, DC. They have inaugurated our website, helped to organize and run several DCO meetings and workshops, met with numerous individuals and agencies interested in deep carbon, and much more.

    Our first year featured an international Deep Carbon conference in Beijing (April 2010), as well as deep carbon meetings and special sessions in England, Japan, Austria, and several North American locations. Of special note were organizational workshops for three DCO science directorates: Reservoirs & Fluxes (San Francisco, Dec. 2009), Deep Life (Catalina Island, March 2010), and Energy, Environment and Climate (Houston, July 2010). These workshops have helped to establish scientific needs and opportunities for the DCO.

    Thanks to the generous support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation we were able to distribute $1.7 million in new funds for the development of new scientific instruments critical to the mission of the DCO. In the coming years we anticipate additional funding for scientific research teams, for new instruments and for a DCO postdoctoral fellow program. Check our website (http://deepcarbon.net/home) and these monthly newsletters for more information.

    We are excited by the enthusiasm of the scientific community and the dramatic prospects of the DCO, and we hope to see you soon at one of the forthcoming DCO events.

                                                                                                              All the best,

                                                                                                              Bob Hazen, DCO PI

AGU Union Session

  • The DCO is organizing a Union Session (U08) titled "Carbon in the Earth" at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco this December 13-17.  The times and dates of the oral and poster sessions have not yet been finalized.  The oral session will provide an overview of the topic, and the poster session will present recent scientific advances and explore outstanding questions including the pathways and fluxes of carbon exchange between the surface and interior, the limits of the deep biosphere, and the implications for energy resources and the environment. 

Reaching the Mantle Frontier:  Moho and Beyond

  • The three-day workshop, co-sponsored by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO), was held September 9-11 at the Carnegie Institution of Washington's Broad Branch Campus in northwest Washington, D.C.  Click here for the details about the workshop including the agenda and the list of attendees.   

DCO Founders Committee Meeting

  • The DCO held its second Founders Committee meeting September 12-13 at the Carnegie Institution of Washington's Broad Branch Campus.  Click here for the attendees and the topics discussed.

C-DEBI Research Support for Deep Biosphere Research

  • The Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (C-DEBI) is a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Science and Technology Center on the deep biosphere.  Please see the web site,www.darkenergybiosphere.org, for C-DEBI research support opportunities including:  a C-DEBI Research Support Program, a Research Exchange Program, and graduate and postdoctoral research fellowship programs.  The next review deadline for all these C-DEBI programs is October 15, 2010

Deep Carbon in the News

  • Click here for a link to Rajdeep Dasgupta and Marc Hirschmann's recent article in Earth and Planetary Science Letters entitled "The Deep Carbon Cycle and Melting in Earth's Interior."