Deep Carbon Observatory


A global community of more than 1000 scientists on a ten-year quest to understand the quantities, movements, forms, and origins of carbon inside Earth.

Ninety percent of Earth’s carbon resides inside the planet. That’s why in 2009 a team of scientists launched an international collaboration, with the support of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, to investigate how the deep carbon cycle drives our world.

Using innovative technology and instrumentation, laboratory experiments, and real-time observations, DCO scientists are answering the question of how deep carbon affects life on Earth.

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation provided seed funding of $50 million over ten years to launch the Deep Carbon Observatory. This has leveraged a huge international investment in deep carbon science, with major research grants from both national and international agencies.

The DCO Secretariat, a team of staff based at the Carnegie Institution for Science, USA, provides central coordination, oversight, and management for DCO.