19 March, 2015 DCO scientists Alberto Striolo and Adrian Jones of University College London (UCL), UK, have received major funding (3M Euro) from the European Union to lead a consortium on the environmental assessment of shale gas. The consortium, named ShaleXenvironmenT, will examine the potential environmental impacts of exploiting economically important deposits of hydrocarbons in shale formations in Europe.
The consortium will bring together several well-respected research groups from Europe, as well as...
11 March, 2015 The Deep Carbon Observatory Executive Committee (EC) met in Muscat, Oman, 30-31 January 2015. Attendees focused on DCO’s progress; assessing its first five years as summarized in the DCO Midterm Scientific Report and planning for the end of Sloan Foundation support in 2019. DCO’s existing field studies portfolio and opportunities for additional relevant field studies were major topics of discussion.
The Oman Drilling Project is the flagship project in a 2014 DCO field studies proposal,...
2 March, 2015 DCO’s Executive Director, Robert Hazen (Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA), has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation for a three-year data-driven research project on the co-evolution of the planet’s biology and geology.
Earth’s story is a 4-billion-year saga of dramatic transformations driven by physical, chemical, and biological processes. The planet’s living and non-living components have co-evolved together over the ages.
Yet our ability to document, model,...
24 February, 2015 Anat Shahar, Science Staff at the Geophysical Laboratory at the Carnegie Institution of Washington has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 F.W. Clarke Award from the Geochemical Society.
"Anat has been a leader in the development of the burgeoning field of isotope mineral physics, a field that she helped invent. Her example is being followed by laboratories around the globe." said DCO colleague Ed Young (University of California Los Angeles, USA). "She is a gifted...
19 February, 2015 Deep Carbon Observatory researchers presented close to 100 scientific papers at the 2014 Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco from 15 to 19 December. DCO also convened a workshop, town hall meeting, reception, and other events at the AGU Meeting, which attracted record attendance of more than 25,000 scientists.
Deep Time Data Workshop
DCO activities in San Francisco began with the Deep-Time Data Workshop, a daylong event on Sunday, 14 December, led by...
17 February, 2015 The Deep Carbon Observatory is hosting its second Early Career Scientist Workshop at the Centro De Vulcanologia e Avaliação de Riscos Geológicos, University of the Azores, São Miguel, 31 August-5 September 2015. This workshop will bring together the next generation of researchers active in deep carbon studies from around the world. Building on the success of the first DCO Early Career Scientist Workshop in Costa Rica in February 2014, this relatively small workshop (~40 scientists) of early...
21 January, 2015 The 12th Field Workshop of the Commission of the Chemistry of Volcanic Gases (CCVG) took place 16-28 November 2014 in northern Chile. The meeting was supported by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior (IAVCEI)—of which CCVG is a special interest group—and the Deep Carbon Observatory. Almost 70 volcanologists from 18 countries participated in the meeting, which began with a two-day conference in Copiapó (17-18 November) before the group headed into...
15 January, 2015 Recently, DCO and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funded a proposal from a group of researchers at the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, to address curation of existing and novel scientific sample databases. The project’s goal is to increase awareness and utilization of existing scientific collections that may contain samples of interest to DCO researchers, as well as from field studies conducted by researchers of all four DCO Communities (Deep Life, Deep...
13 January, 2015 Since 2011, the Deep Carbon Observatory’s (DCO; http://deepcarbon.net/) Deep Life Community has sponsored the Census of Deep Life (CoDL) that has supported surveys of the diversity of microbes present in several deep continental and subseafloor environments. The first surveys (2011-2012) were conducted using 454 pyrosequencing and subsequently (2013) Illumina sequencing strategies were adopted. Through this initiative, the Deep Life Community has allowed the characterization of diversity of...
9 January, 2015
1-3 JULY 2015 (in conjunction with the 2015 CIDER Summer Program)University of California, BerkeleyBerkeley, California USA
Conveners:Terry Plank, Columbia University, NY, USDonald B. Dingwell, Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, GermanyRajdeep Dasgupta, Rice University, TX, USMike Burton, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione di Pisa, ItalyBarbara Romanowicz, University of California Berkeley, CA, US
5 January, 2015
“Solid Earth and Climate: Dynamic Interactions with the Hydrosphere and Carbosphere”
Application Deadline: 1 February 2015
Organizers: Meredith Nettles, Terry Plank, Louis Derry, and Jeff Freymuller.
The purpose of CIDER 2015 is to bring together scientists from different disciplines to better understand how interactions between the mantle and the major surface reservoirs of water and carbon influence sea level, icesheet dynamics, the volume of the ocean, magma...
9 December, 2014 A proposal recently funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation unites the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) and the Deep Carbon Observatory to increase the participation and retention of United States citizens and permanent residents who are geoscientists from underrepresented groups (African American, Hispanic, Latino/Latina, Native American, Native Alaskan, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander) in DCO. The project will focus on bolstering and advocating a broad awareness of DCO activities...
24 November, 2014 The Deep Carbon Observatory’s innovative instrumentation portfolio, field studies, and legacy planning were featured at the DCO Executive Committee meeting at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), USA, 1-2 October 2014.
Prior to the meeting, Executive Committee members and other DCO leaders toured facilities of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and discussed potential collaborations to build upon an existing Memorandum of Understanding between DCO and JPL....
6 November, 2014 The purpose of this meeting, which took place at the Institut de Physique du Globe du Paris, France, from 30 September to 1 October 2014, was to bring together the DECADE board of directors to discuss current progress on DECADE activities, and to plan activities for the next two years.
Currently, 12 volcanoes are continuously monitored for SO2 flux and CO2/SO2 ratios that are used for calculation of CO2 flux as part of the DECADE network. Four of these monitoring systems have been funded...
28 October, 2014 The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation recently approved funding of a novel modeling and visualization program for the Deep Carbon Observatory. The project, led by Elizabeth Cottrell (Smithsonian Institution, USA) forms a crucial part of DCO’s ambition to create new and comprehensive views of Earth.
Over the course of the next two years, Cottrell proposes a series of activities to bring together experts in deep carbon science, dynamic modeling, and data visualization. The aim is to generate a road map...
15 October, 2014 The Deep Carbon Observatory’s Extreme Physics and Chemistry (EPC) Community held another successful workshop at the University of California, Los Angeles, USA, 3-5 October 2014. The meeting was organized by EPC Chair Craig Manning (UCLA) and Co-Chair Wendy Mao (Stanford University, USA).
Paul Asimow (California Institute of Technology, USA) gave the kick-off talk: “What’s new in lower mantle petrology?” He presented a compelling case for the exciting complexity of Earth’s lower mantle, in...
28 August, 2014 By Craig Schiffries, DCO Director; Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA
When the Deep Carbon Observatory was launched, it recognized that new scientific instruments are keys to discovery. DCO emphasized that developing next-generation instrumentation early in the decadal program would advance the study of deep carbon in the program’s later stages. This strategy is paying dividends. Recent instrumentation breakthroughs by research groups at Caltech, MIT,...
26 August, 2014 The Deep Carbon Observatory is organizing a short course, "Deep Carbon through Deep Time," at the 2014 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada.
Date: Saturday, 18 October, 2014 - 09:00 - 17:00
Location:Harbour Centre, Studies Lab 2945, Vancouver, BC, Canada
The short course will be offered the day before the 2014 GSA Meeting officially begins.
Registration:Register here by 15 September 2014 (early bird)
Cost: US$30. Includes lunch. (The cost is low due...
20 August, 2014
Proposal submission deadline, 20 September, 2014.
Since 2011, the Deep Carbon Observatory’s Deep Life Community has sponsored the Census of Deep Life (CoDL) that has supported surveys of the diversity of microbes present in several deep continental and subseafloor environments. The first surveys (2011-2012) were conducted using 454 pyrosequencing and subsequently (2013) Illumina sequencing strategies were adopted. Through this initiative, the Deep Life Community has allowed the...
30 July, 2014 The first Deep Carbon Observatory Summer School took place from 13-18 July 2014 at Big Sky Resort, MT, USA, with field trips into Yellowstone National Park, WY, USA. Co-organized by Adrian Jones (University College London, UK), John Baross (University of Washington, USA), and Andrea Mangum (DCO Secretariat), the Summer School brought together 36 graduate students, postdocs, and early career researchers from 14 countries for a week of interactive learning and networking. The purpose of the...