About this Research Topic
Since its inception, the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) has coalesced a multidisciplinary and international group of researchers focused on understanding and quantifying Earth’s deep carbon budget. Carbon is the sixth most abundant element in the universe, and understanding carbon chemistry under a variety of environmental conditions impacts all aspects of planetary sciences, including planet formation, the form and function of planetary interiors, and the origin and diversity of life. DCO is integrating and promoting the contributions of early career scientists to advance our knowledge of the quantities, movements, origins, and forms of Earth’s deep carbon through field, experimental, analytical, and computational research. Early career scientists represent the future of deep carbon science and contribute substantially to ongoing research by implementing innovative ideas, challenging traditional working schemes, and bringing a globally interconnected perspective to the scientific community. With this in mind the Deep Carbon Observatory successfully organized DCO Early Career Scientist Workshops in Costa Rica (2013) and Azores (2015) and a DCO Summer School in Yellowstone National Park, USA (2014).
This research topic highlights the contributions at the forefront of deep carbon research by alumni of the DCO Early Career Scientist Workshops and DCO Summer School. The breadth of research that the DCO encompasses will be reflected in contributions from the four disciplines of the DCO: 1) Reservoirs and Fluxes, 2) Extreme Physics and Chemistry, 3) Deep Energy and 4) Deep Life.
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