DCO Keynote and Topical Sessions at 2012 GSA Meeting

Date
2012-11-07 - 08:00 - 2012-11-07
Location
Charlotte, North Carolina (USA)
Website

 

Website:  http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2012/sessions/topical.asp

The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is sponsoring a Pardee Keynote Symposium on “Understanding Earth through Carbon” at the 2012 Geological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting on 7 November 2012. This keynote symposium will feature talks by authors of Carbon in Earth, a forthcoming volume of Reviews in Mineralogy and Petrology (RiMG) that is edited by DCO Executive Committee members Robert Hazen, Adrian Jones and John Baross.  This volume provides a benchmark of our present understanding of Earth's carbon—both what we know and what we have yet to learn.

Pardee Keynote Symposia are special events and advertised extensively by GSA. Only six Pardee sessions are offered this year. The goals of the Pardee Keynote Symposia are to highlight significant papers that have an impact on our science and to appeal to a wide, multidisciplinary audience. 

Unlike many RiMG volumes, we are not planning to offer a short course in association with the release of Carbon in Earth. Instead, the Pardee Keynote Symposium provides an excellent opportunity to reach an important audience.

P6 - Pardee Keynote Symposium Session - Understanding Earth through Carbon
Sponsor: Deep Carbon Observatory
Conveners: Craig M. Schiffries, Robert M. Hazen, Russell J. Hemley (Carnegie Institution of Washington)
Description: The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is an international, interdisciplinary, decade-long initiative to improve our knowledge of the deep carbon cycle and foster a fundamental understanding of Earth through carbon. This session features presentations by authors of Carbon in Earth, a forthcoming volume of Reviews of Mineralogy and Petrology that addresses DCO's decadal goals:  (1) To improve our understanding of the physical and chemical behavior of carbon at extreme conditions found in planetary interiors; (2) To identify the principal deep carbon reservoirs and fluxes and to assess Earth's total carbon budget; (3) To document the nature, sources, and evolution of subsurface organic molecules, including hydrocarbons and biomolecules; and (4) To assess the nature and extent of the deep microbial biosphere.

In addition to the Pardee Keynote Symposium, DCO is sponsoring a Topical Session, “T2.  Understanding Earth through Carbon,” that is open to abstract submissions in all areas of research related to the Deep Carbon Observatory.  Volunteered abstracts for this Topical Session can be submitted online at http://www.geosociety.org/meetings/2012/sessions/topical.asp. Please scroll down the list of Topical Sessions to “T2. Understanding Earth through Carbon,” and click on “Submit an abstract to this session.”  The abstract deadline is 14 August 2012.

T2 - Topical Session - Understanding Earth through Carbon
Sponsor: Deep Carbon Observatory
Conveners: Craig M. Schiffries, Robert M. Hazen, Russell J. Hemley (Carnegie Institution of Washington)
Description: A transformational understanding of Earth's deep carbon cycle will advance our understanding of the planet. This session features research on deep carbon reservoirs and fluxes, deep organic synthesis, and deep microbial life..

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