Modeling and Visualization
Deep Carbon Observatory Modeling and Visualization Initiatives
The Deep Carbon Observatory has a number of exciting projects that are helping scientists model and visualize deep to surface Earth processes and back again. Such modern computational tools are making it possible to understand and visualize aspects of how Earth works in ways that were unimaginable only a few years ago.
The latest modeling and visualization techniques are available for use by all DCO Science Network members, and are but a click away.
Earth in Five Reactions
Ever wonder what the most important reaction on Earth might be? This fundamental question motivates the “Earth in Five Reactions” (“5R”) synthesis project. Deep Carbon scientists will ponder, debate, and arrive at a consensus regarding the most important carbon-related reactions on Earth.
MELTS and DEW
This ambitious project will ultimately result in the first integrated thermodynamic model of the magma-fluid system. The research team is integrating existing thermodynamic models of magmas (MELTS) and fluids (DEW), making it possible to predict how carbon moves between solid, liquid, and fluid phases in response to temperature and pressure.
The Box Earth Recirculation and Recycling Project for Carbon (BERRP) is a planetary-scale ‘box model’ of carbon pathways in deep Earth, provided through an online open access platform. BERRP maximizes the many benefits of an open source environment by making new models accessible to the broader scientific community for their own exploration of carbon cycle scenarios.
The EarthByte group, based at the University of Sydney, has created a virtual plate tectonic deep carbon laboratory, revolutionizing scientists' ability to understand mantle-crust-atmosphere interactions in deep time. The EarthByte team consciously designed tools that could be applied and used by their peers in DCO-inspired research.
Deep Earth Water Community
A group of scientists have formed the Deep Earth Water Community to explore how fluids have linked the deep Earth and the near surface environment through deep time. The online community strives to integrate predictive theoretical models with experimental data, field studies, and remote observation of the deep Earth and offers many downloadable analytical tools and materials for advancing this vision.