2019 will begin with a new DCO Webinar Wednesday series highlighting several of DCO’s ongoing synthesis projects. Hosted by DCO’s Engagement Team and Synthesis Group 2019, these webinars will involve audiences in discussion about the challenges overcome by these projects to advance science. Tune in at 2pm ET on 23 January 2019 for the first in the series and join Peter Barry, Karen Lloyd, and Donato Giovannelli. They will discuss DCO’s Biology Meets Subduction field project, where early career scientists conducted a 12-day sampling expedition across the Costa Rican volcanic arc, followed by a second expedition to volcanic regions of Panama.
Breaking the mold of the traditional field expedition: Biology Meets Subduction
23 January 2019 - 2pm ET
The sampling expedition Biology Meets Subduction: A Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Deep Carbon Field Initiative was designed to develop novel connections between microbiology, volcanic systems, and the cycling of living and dead (biotic and abiotic) carbon as Earth’s plates move and subduct past each other. With the fieldwork complete, the team, led by DCO early career scientists has started to publish their findings. Join Peter Barry (University of Oxford, UK), Karen Lloyd (University of Tennessee Knoxville, USA), and Donato Giovannelli (CNR-IRBIM, Italy and Rutgers University, USA) as they discuss their fieldwork in Costa Rica and Panama and share the value added and problems created by conducting a multidisciplinary scientific investigation in the field.
Transforming planetary perceptions: Earth in Five Reactions
20 February 2019 - 2pm ET
Ever wonder how chemical reactions shaped the Earth into the only known habitable planet? DCO scientists debated this question during a lively forum and community-wide survey and came up with top five reactions central to Earth’s habitability (as well as three runners up). The Earth in Five Reactions project leaders Jackie Li (University of Michigan, USA), Simon Redfern (University of Cambridge, UK), and Donato Giovannelli (CNR-IRBIM, Italy and Rutgers University, USA) will lead this webinar, sharing how carbon plays a central role in making Earth habitable. This webinar is sure to be another lively discussion. Join in to learn how these five reactions were selected, and how they are being used to synthesize and disseminate deep carbon knowledge and findings.
Expanding our vision of space and time: EarthByte
6 March 2019 - 4 pm ET
In 2016, the EarthByte group, based in the School of Geosciences at the University of Sydney, created a visualization tool and model to measure the interactions of arc volcanism with buried carbonate platforms in deep time. Since then, hundreds of scientists, including many from DCO, have been using these new workflow tools, which make it possible to approximate paleo-atmospheric CO2 flux within a plate tectonic framework over hundreds of millions of years. In this webinar, EarthByte developer Sabin Zahirovic (University of Sydney, Australia), will share progress in modeling deep carbon flux over deep time, showcase exciting new visualizations of Earth in action, and weigh in on what might be next for visualizing Earth’s processes.
Translating knowledge into understanding: MELTS and DEW
20 March 2019 - 2pm ET
Modeling experts Mark Ghiorso (OFM Research, USA) and Dimitri Sverjensky (Johns Hopkins University, USA) are working to create a virtual laboratory. By combining two types of models, they are helping researchers visualize and better understand how carbon moves in Earth and chemically comparable planetary bodies. The research team is integrating the existing thermodynamic models of magmas (MELTS) and fluids (DEW) to form a framework that models the mass transfer and transport of carbon and other chemical elements within Earth. Join the webinar to discuss how this integration is transforming what we know about the deep carbon cycle and how you might be able to use these models in your own research.