New Modeling and Visualization Initiatives Commissioned

The initiatives incorporate carbon into modeling efforts and engage new talent in DCO’s future synthesis and public engagement efforts.

At the end of July 2015, DCO’s Modeling and Visualization Workshop committee (Elizabeth Cottrell, Smithsonian Institution, USA; Rick Colwell, Oregon State University, USA; Isabelle Daniel, Université de Lyon, France; Richard Katz, University of Oxford, UK; Louise Kellogg, University of California Davis, USA; and Michael Walter, University of Bristol, UK) issued a call for “commissioned activities” to address goals articulated at the May 2015 DCO Modeling and Visualization Workshop. The call aimed to initiate the incorporation of carbon into modeling efforts and engage new talent in DCO’s future synthesis and public engagement efforts.

Of the 12 proposals received, four teams were awarded funding to start work in early 2016:

Dietmar Muller: The EarthByte Group at the School of Geosciences, University of Sydney, Australia; Spatio-temporal modeling of deep time atmospheric carbon flux from subduction zone interactions with carbonate platforms and the oceanic upper crust CO2 reservoir. The group will disseminate their findings to the wider community by communicating workflows and results in an open source (semi) automated format shared through the DCO Data Portal.

Margaret Schedel: Stony Brook University, USA; "World of Carbon,” a prototype of an exploration/creation video game for web and mobile platforms. The game will engage the public in learning about the deep carbon cycle, and will serve as a unique opportunity to educate the public about modern, accurate models of atoms and chemical interactions, as well as the deep carbon cycle.

Michael Starobin: 1AU Global Media, USA; “Shedding a Light Underground,” short videos introducing fundamental themes about deep carbon and the overall goals of DCO, in addition to a collection of media production assets, and a feasibility study of virtual reality options.

Bill Allman: Smithsonian Enterprises, USA; Deep Carbon Science "Journey to the Center of Earth," an online hub for deep Earth content. The site will host news, features and other articles that cover compelling, rigorous scientific advances in geology, volcanism, tectonics, deep life and the carbon cycle, as well as what’s being done on the forefront of research to answer big mysteries in these fields.

Smithsonian’s “Journey to the Center of Earth” is already up and running here, and the remaining three projects are expected to be completed by September 2016.

Three additional proposals also received funding from the DCO scientific communities as a result of this workshop, and Erik Hauri (Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA), Co-Chair of the Reservoirs and Fluxes Community, will also make funds available to a group of students and postdocs who requested support for attending modeling workshops. The additional funded scientific proposals are:

Mark Behn: WHOI, USA; Modeling Global Carbon Fluxes between the Earth’s Upper and Lower Mantle

Meng Tian: Yale University, USA; Furthering Deep Carbon Modeling Through the “Melt in the Mantle” Program at Cambridge, UK

Mark Ghiorso: OFM Research, USA; Visualization of LEPR, a repository for experimental data that supports EPC/DCO research and modeling


Image: Participants of the 2015 Modeling and Visualization Workshop on the steps of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC, USA. Credit: Katie Pratt.

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