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Gases from Manam volcano blend with low clouds in this image captured by one of the drones from the DCO ABOVE expedition.

DCO ABOVE (Aerial-based Observations of Volcanic Emissions) is a project to explore volcanic emissions in Papua New Guinea using cutting-edge drone technologies. Led by Emma Liu of the University of Cambridge, UK, the expedition will see an international team of scientists collaborating with local volcano observatories to investigate these strongly degassing volcanoes. Read more about part one of the project here.

DCO Highlights Deep Carbon Observatory: A Decade of Discovery

This decadal report details remarkable scientific advancements in the understanding of deep carbon—how much exists and where, how it moves, what forms it takes, and where it originated—made by an international community of 1200 scientists from 55 nations, who came together over the last decade to explore these questions. ...

DCO Research Deep Carbon: Past to Present

A new book, Deep Carbon: Past to Present, compiles 10 years of DCO research. The volume serves as a comprehensive reference on the quantities, movements, forms, and origins of carbon in Earth through deep time, for graduate students and scientists in related fields....

DCO Highlights New Book Sings Carbon’s Praises

Just in time for the “Year of Carbon,” DCO Executive Director Robert Hazen has published a sweeping history of carbon: Symphony in C: Carbon and the Evolution of (Almost) Everything....

DCO Research Nature Collection Showcases DCO Research

Nature has published a special collection of DCO research that previously appeared in Nature journals. Many of the papers and commissioned review articles will be freely available for one year after the collection’s release....

DCO Highlights Video: A Decade of Discovery

A stunning three-minute video captures the excitement, difficulties, and physical challenges of trying to figure out how Earth works. Made possible by the efforts of more than 1200 scientists in 55 countries, the Deep Carbon Observatory investigated the quantities, movements, forms, and origins of carbon deep within Earth’s interior over the last decade. Join in the adventure. ...


Learn more about DCO's integrative approach, which emphasized cross-disciplinary research activities in data science, instrumentation, field studies, and modeling and visualization, or discover deep carbon research by exploring DCO books, special issues, and journal articles. To become involved in current initiatives, visit DCO here. 

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Extreme Physics and Chemistry Dedicated to improving our understanding of the physical and chemical behavior of carbon at extreme conditions, as found in the deep interiors of Earth and other planets.
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Reservoirs and Fluxes Dedicated to identifying deep carbon reservoirs, determining how carbon moves among these reservoirs, and assessing Earth’s total carbon budget.
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Deep Energy Dedicated to understanding the volume and rates of abiogenic hydrocarbons and other organic species in the crust and mantle through geological time.
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Deep Life Dedicated to assessing the nature and extent of the deep microbial and viral biosphere.

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