JPI Oceans call 'Impacts of deep-sea nodule mining' is open

On 1 August 2017, several JPI Oceans member countries launched a joint call for preproposals to study the environmental impacts and risks associated with seabed mining. It calls for cruise proposals for the RV SONNE in early 2019 in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCZ), subequatorial eastern Pacific.

The call is being conducted as a follow-up of the Joint Action ‘Ecological aspects of deep-sea mining’ under the framework of JPI Oceans. Several aspects of the outcomes of this Joint Action need to be investigated further and in more detail.

Some important topics of the call are: 

  • the fate and impact of the particle plume generated during mining operations, 
  • the definition of appropriate indicators of ecosystem health and threshold values for “harmful effects” on the environment as well as 
  • measures to mitigate significant adverse effects, 
  • an assessment of associated environmental risks, and 
  • implementation of scientific knowledge and respective uncertainties into improved legislation, including analyses that address the science-policy interface.

Submission of pre-proposals closes on 1 November 2017. Projects are expected to start from 1 July 2018.

For more information: see JPI Oceans website

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