Field Sites Open to Journalists

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A number of Deep Carbon Observatory scientists from around the world have upcoming field work they are able to share with interested journalists. If you are interested in joining a DCO scientist in the field, please fill out this application and indicate the field sites you are interested in visiting. Your application will be reviewed by DCO's Engagement Team, who will then put you in touch with relevant expedition leaders. These leaders will make final decisions regarding journalists' involvement. Individuals accompanying DCO scientists into the field are expected to cover their own costs. For more information, see the FAQs below, or contact Pratt) , DCO Communications Director.

DCO Media Advisory: Field Studies.

Participating Scientists

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Erik Hauri / Carnegie Institution of Washington, USA

Tahaa, French Polynesia Tahiti, French Polynesia Mangaia, Cook IslandsTubuai, Cook IslandsMuli seamount, American SamoaMalumalu seamount, American SamoaTau, American Samoa Ofu, American Samoa Tutuila, American Samoa Upolu, Western Samoa Savaii, Western Samoa

Jay Ague / Yale University, USA


Merja Itävaara / VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Pyhäsalmi cave, Finland Outokumpu deep borehole, Finland

Jeffrey Gralnick / University of Minnesota Twin Cities, USA

Soudan Iron Mine, Minnesota

Jason Sylvan / University of Southern California, USA

Hawaii/Pacific Ocean

Fatima Viveiros / CIVISA, Azores

Terceira Island, Azores

Alessandro Aiuppa / INGV, Italy

Etna, Italy

Hailang Dong / Miami University Ohio, USA

Songliao Basin, China

Barbara Sherwood Lollar / University of Toronto, Canada

Timmins Mine, Ontario

Jeff Sutton / Hawaii Volcano Observatory, USA

Mauna Loa Volcano, Hawaii

Peter Kelemen / Columbia University, USA

Somail Ophiolite, Oman

Jeff Daniels / Ohio State University, USA

Ohio State University Eastern Agricultural Research Station, Noble County, OH

Thor Hansteen / GEOMAR, Germany

Lastarria Volcano, North Chile Lascar Volcano, North Chile Laima Volcano, South Chile Villarrica Volcano, South Chile

Gary McMurtry/Tobias Fischer / University of Hawaii, USA

Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

Tobias Fischer / University of New Mexico, USA

Cerro Negro Volcano, Nicaragua Poas Volcano, Costa Rica Oldoinyo Lengai Volcano, Tanzania

Magali Ader / IPGP, France

Dziani Dzaha, Mayotte

Douglas Bartlett / Scripps Institution of Oceanography, USA

Mariana Trench


How do I apply to participate? Interested journalists, filmmakers, etc. should complete this web-based application form to register their interest in joining a DCO field expedition. All applications will be reviewed by the DCO Engagement Team prior to forwarding to the appropriate expedition leader. Timing, logistics, and other details regarding joining a DCO field expedition will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Who will pay for me to join a DCO Field Study? Participating journalists, filmmakers, etc. will be expected to cover the costs of travel to and from a field location. Once you are on location, additional costs will depend on your hosts. For example, ship-based expeditions will likely include meals and a berth. Other expeditions may not cover food and/or lodging. If you are accepted to join an expedition, you will work directly with your host investigator to determine how these arrangements will work. DCO is not able to provide direct funding for this activity.

I am a filmmaker, not a journalist. Am I still welcome to join a DCO scientist in the field? Absolutely! We encourage filmmakers, photographers, artists, writers, and journalists to join our scientists in the field. A recent collaboration between DCO scientists and a film production company resulted in this short film. When the time comes, we would be happy to work with you to share your work with the scientific community and the general public.

What if I want to go to a DCO location not currently open to journalists? You should still get in touch with Pratt) , DCO Communications Director. The DCO program will continue through 2019, therefore additional opportunities for future field expeditions are likely to become available. By registering your interest now, we will make sure you are notified if and when new expeditions are announced.

What can I expect to see and do on a DCO field expedition? This will vary considerably depending on the expedition. Accompanying a researcher to measure gas emissions on top of a volcano, for example, will likely entail a considerable amount of hiking either at altitude and/or while wearing a gas mask. For ship-based expeditions, participants may be involved in standing watch along with other scientists as well as assisting with shipboard operations. In some cases there may be an opportunity to actually participate directly in sample collection or data handling. In others, your role might be as an observer.

Who should I contact with questions about going into the field with a DCO scientist? Please contact Pratt) , DCO Communications Director. She will put you in contact with the relevant DCO project leader who will be able to share more details with you about timing, logistics, and your role as a participant in their field expedition.

What if I have other questions that you haven't addressed here? Contact Pratt) , DCO Communications Director, with any questions related to this opportunity.

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