Smithsonian Institution

To advance jointly the modeling and visualization of deep carbon

  • Amount $599,862
  • City Washington, DC
  • Investigator Elizabeth Cottrell
  • Year 2014
  • Program Research
  • Sub-program Deep Carbon Observatory

Funds from this grant support efforts to integrate the various diverse research projects and initiatives of the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) through the development of new numerical models and visualizations.  Geologist Elizabeth Cottrell of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History will lead a multidisciplinary team of researchers, technologists, and representatives from each of the DCO’s four scientific directorates to spearhead the collaborative development of new models and visualizations that incorporate the data collected and theoretical insights developed by DCO researchers in the field.  Contrell and her team will convene a workshop of DCO stakeholders to set modeling and visualization priorities, create an introductory visualization of the history of terrestrial vulcanism, and oversee the distribution of a small number of seed grants to stimulate modeling work on projects identified as high priority.  The project promises several benefits, including forcing consistency upon diverse DCO research efforts, revealing gaps in measurement and functional understanding within the DCO community, and spurring new insights and projections. 

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