The Road to 2019: Sharing Deep Carbon Science after a Decade of Research and Discovery

In a suite of successful proposals to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, DCO’s Engagement Team, Synthesis Group 2019, and Modeling and Visualization Forum shared a vision for what each hopes to accomplish over the next 21 months. While independent in many ways, the three proposals converge on the central goal of synthesizing deep carbon science across communities and sharing what has been learned with the scientific community and broader audiences in 2019.

Synthesis Workshop Participants

Synthesis Group 2019 (SG2019) formed in April 2016 to synthesize research conducted across DCO’s four science communities to realize a new understanding of deep carbon science and fully capture DCO’s discoveries and achievements, including those centered around field-based initiatives, new instrumentation and community-building. This synthesis process will review and elevate the collaborative efforts of this global research initiative via development of models and other outputs, making the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Marie Edmonds (University of Cambridge, UK) leads the committee, which includes representatives from across DCO’s scientific communities.

The Engagement Team, based at the University of Rhode Island, USA, and led by Robert Pockalny, has worked with the DCO Science Network since 2013, building an international community of researchers and sharing their work within and beyond the scientific community.

The Engagement and SG2019 proposals are particularly closely linked and describe a vision for a suite of products and events to round out the ten-year DCO program. These include several books for scientists and the public, a collection of special issues, and short films and infographics highlighting the cross-disciplinary work of DCO scientists around the world (browse the Synthesis Hub). The Engagement Team, while supporting the work of SG2019, will also continue working with members of the community to share their work online and with the news media.

Over the next few months, the Modeling and Visualization Forum, led by Louise Kellogg (University of California Davis, USA) will further its work developing and integrating data and theoretical calculations of how carbon behaves in Earth. In a series of working group meetings, including a workshop in Washington DC in conjunction with the 2018 AGU Fall Meeting, members of the Modeling and Visualization forum, as well as Data Science, Engagement, and SG2019, will come together to create new products to visualize DCO data. The current proposal highlights the ways these powerful visualizations can reach out of the lab, bringing science to public audiences via platforms such as Science on a Sphere.

These teams will continue working in collaboration with all of DCO’s scientific communities, as well as the Executive Committee and Secretariat, to showcase the many scientific achievements that have accrued and will continue to accrue through 2019.


Image: Participants in the DCO Synthesis Planning Workshop, which took place in Rhode Island, USA in 2015. Credit: Sarah Flickinger

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