More than 28,000 scientists gathered in the US capital for the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting from 10-14 December. The AGU Meeting provided a venue for Earth and space scientists to present their newest research results, as well as to collaborate and network with colleagues from around the world.
As in past years, deep carbon science featured prominently throughout the conference, with DCO researchers presenting more than 150 talks and posters across nine AGU sections. Presentations showcased a wide variety of advances in deep carbon science.
A full-day session of 50 talks and posters detailed initial results from the Oman Drilling Project. The session, “Crustal Formation, Fluid–Rock Reactions, and Subsurface Microbial Communities in the Samail Ophiolite,” included results from drilling, geophysical logging, and core analysis.1, 2, 3
Members of DCO’s Deep Life Community presented on the extent and diversity of the deep biosphere in both continental and marine settings, as well as the application of deep life exploration to questions of planetary habitability and the origins of life.1, 2 Members of DCO’s Extreme Physics and Chemistry Community discussed technical advances that make it possible to conduct experiments at the extreme temperature and pressure conditions of Earth’s interior.1, 2, 3, 4 Reservoirs and Fluxes researchers co-convened sessions exploring the deep carbon cycle, including “Forms and Fluxes of Deep Carbon in Earth,” “Storage, Cycling, and Environmental Consequences of Magmatic Volatile Transfer from the Mantle to the Atmosphere,” and “ Applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to the study of volcanic systems.” These sessions included papers using a variety of techniques, such as drones to measure volcanic degassing and models of deep Earth dynamics.1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Deep Energy researchers presented results on serpentinization, methane origins and cycling, and hydrothermal systems, among other topics.
The meeting also included presentations on DCO’s program management and synthesis efforts. DCO Director Craig Schiffries (Carnegie Institution for Science, USA) spoke about DCO’s programmatic innovations in a session on collaborative geoscience research. Maarten de Moor (OVSICORI-UNA, Costa Rica) presented scientific results from DCO’s interdisciplinary field expedition, Biology Meets Subduction, which was organized and run entirely by early career scientists. Jackie Li (University of Michigan, USA) chaired a panel on Earth in Five Reactions, a synthesis project that aims to identify the five most important carbon-related chemical reactions on Earth.
Pre-AGU Virtual Reality Workshop
On the Sunday preceding the Fall Meeting, DCO scientists Louise Kellogg and Oliver Kreylos (both at University of California, Davis, USA) convened a workshop focused on virtual reality (VR) applications for deep carbon science. The workshop enabled project leads of ongoing synthesis projects to get a hands-on look at the potential applications for VR as a tool for scientific research and discovery.
Meetings of Opportunity
Throughout the week, various DCO teams and leadership groups organized smaller meetings of opportunity in conjunction with the Fall Meeting. The DCO Executive Committee, Synthesis Group 2019, Earth in Five Reactions, and the Deep Carbon 2019 Science Program Committee all convened meetings of opportunity in order to assess progress and plans through the end of 2019.
Another opportunity for a large contingent of the DCO community to meet is the 2019 Goldschmidt conference, which will take place from 18-23 August in Barcelona, Spain. Goldschmidt abstract submission opens on 15 January 2019.
The 2019 AGU Fall Meeting will return to San Francisco. You can check the locations for future Fall Meetings through 2026 here.