Whole Earth Carbon from Past to Present is an edited volume that will tell the story of what our international community of deep carbon scientists have learned over the last decade, including: the magnitudes of fluxes of carbon between reservoirs; the different structural forms of carbon deep in the crust, mantle and core; the nature of carbon-bearing fluids; the extent and form of the deep biosphere; and how this picture of deep carbon has evolved over billions of years. The book will include applications of new instrumentation and monitoring that have arisen from DCO research, as well as links to online digital datasets and visualizations.
Slated for public release in October 2019 by Cambridge University Press, the open-access book will showcase the cross-cutting research themes that have led to fundamental shifts in our understanding of the quantities, movements, forms, and origins of carbon in Earth’s system through space and time. As well as summarizing advances made in each area, the book will address the limits to knowledge for each research topic. Predictions of future developments and questions will round out the narrative.
Whole Earth Carbon will be more than just a book. Online, it will have digital links to datasets, models, and other online content such as videos, images, and infographics. The book will be openly available to encourage readership and integration of its accompanying materials into curriculum and textbooks. This expansive volume and accompanying materials will be released in conjunction with the Fourth International DCO Science meeting in October 2019.
The open access volume, Carbon in Earth, edited by Robert M. Hazen, Adrian P. Jones, and John A. Baross, may be of particular interest to those awaiting Whole Earth Carbon. Carbon in Earth, published in 2013, is a summary of what had been learned during the first five years of DCO about Earth’s deep carbon. Whole Earth Carbon builds upon this knowledge to reveal what has been learned over the last five years of the decadal program.