JPI Oceans - Ecological Aspects of Deep-Sea Mining
The Aim of the Project
- modern mapping technologies
- the investigation of the biodiversity and community structure of benthic microbial and metazoan communities at disturbed and undisturbed sites in the DISCOL area as well as in several areas of the CCZ
- the employment of state-of-the-art TV-guided, targeted sampling and in situ measurement techniques
- the impact resulting from the release and dispersion of the sediment plume in the water column created by mining activities using modern high-quality and highresolution spatial and temporal hydrographic and sedimentological data as well as highresolution bathymetric data
- the dissemination of the project results to policymakers, stakeholders, and contractors holding exploration licenses. Furthermore, discussion will be initiated with industry interested in deep-sea mining to develop low-impact mining gear.
Broadcasting with footage from SO242-1
The German broadcaster ZDF showed a documentation about deep sea mining and its environemtal impacts. Ma 7, 2017.
ISA discussion paper on Environmental Regulation:
The International Seabed Authority issued a Discussion Paper to advance stakeholder discussion in connection with the development and drafting of Regulations on Exploitation for Mineral Resources in the Area (Environmental Matters) – so-named “Environmental Regulations”.
This paper is an item for discussion at an international workshop on the ISA Environmental Management Strategy for the Area to be held in Berlin, Germany from 19-24 March 2017.
Nov 17: Award winning newspaper article about SO242-2
Christopher Schrader won the Silver Award of the 2016 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Award with his article about SO242-2 with a contribution of Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius.
Partners: 25 Partners
Duration: Jan 2015 - Dec 2017
Cruises: SO239, SO242-1, SO242-2