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...
24 July, 2014 At the first DCO Early Career Scientist Workshop in Costa Rica, February 2014, the attendees set a goal to continue building and shaping a network of early career deep carbon scientists, and to strive to meet the needs of this network within the broader DCO community. As part of meeting this goal, several workshop participants crafted session proposals for the 2014 AGU Fall Meeting to cover myriad aspects of the DCO program. All three proposals were accepted. We encourage all DCO scientists to...
21 July, 2014 Several DCO researchers have received renewed funding from the US Department of Energy for Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs). This program is intended to accelerate transformative discovery in basic scientific disciplines that can ultimately be applied to increasing global energy needs. These topics include energy generation, supply, transmission, and storage.
Russell Hemley (Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA; DCO Co-Executive Director) will lead Energy Frontier Research in Extreme...
21 July, 2014 By Florian M. Schwandner, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena CA, USA
NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) was finally successfully launched on 2 July 2014 from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. This event marks not only the successful completion of unfinished business after the tragic January 2009 loss of the first OCO (the fairing protecting the observatory atop the launch vehicle didn’t separate). It also marks the culmination of a...
23 June, 2014 In Spring 2014 the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation approved three new DCO proposals to support DCO’s Secretariat, Engagement Team, and Data Science Team for the next two years. These three groups will continue to work in a coordinated manner to advance DCO’s decadal goals.
The proposals reflect the distinct but complementary roles of each group. The Secretariat, based at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, will continue to provide scientific leadership through communication,...
18 June, 2014 On 5 June 2014, 40 DCO scientists met at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA, to discuss the role of Data Science in the DCO community. The primary goal of Data Science Day was to provide an opportunity for in depth discussions of data management and data science activities across a broad range of scientific disciplines. All four DCO Science Communities were represented, allowing for the technical challenges and specific big data needs of each to be thoroughly explored.
30 May, 2014 THE DEADLINE FOR THIS FUNDING OPPORTUNITY HAS PASSED. FOR CURRENT CoDL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES PLEASE GO HERE.
Proposal submission deadline, 27 June, 2014.
Since 2011, the Deep Carbon Observatory’s Deep Life Community has sponsored the Census of Deep Life (CoDL), which in turn 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 (...