Mining Impact 2

Environmental impacts and risks of deep-sea mining, JPI Oceans

The second project phase MiningImpact will study and monitor in real time the environmental impact of an industrial trial to mine manganese nodules on the seafloor which will be conducted simultaneously and independently by the Belgian contractor DEME-GSR in the Belgian an German licence areas in the Clarion-Clipperton-Zone. UALG is mainly involved in work related to the spatial and temporal quantification of the ecological effects of the sediment plume on benthic and planktonic fauna: tolerance to increased suspended particle concentration, physiological and ecotoxicological effects, epigenetic alterations, shifts in coral and deep-water microbial assemblages, reproductive aspects and larvae viability. Specifically, the work by UALG will focus on the ecotoxicological effects.

Project Main Goals:
CIMA-UALG team will contribute to the follwoing objectives of the internaitonal project: 1) Assess the fate and impact of the sediment plume generated by nodule collector trials performed in the CCZ. 2) Identify robust approaches for ecological impact assessment. 3) Generate a guidance document with methodologies for risk assessment of environmental hazard.

Consortium of 31 partners, led by Matthias Haeckel (GEOMAR), GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel | Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPI) | Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung | Bielefeld University | Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar & Marine Research (AWI) | Jacobs University Bremen gGmbH | Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) | MARUM - Center for Marine Environmental Science, University | Walther Schücking Institute for International Law, Kiel University | NIOZ - Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research | Utrecht University | Delft University of Technology | Ghent University | Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS) | DNVGL | Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) | Uni Research | UNEP GRID-Arendal | Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) | Universidade de Aveiro (CESAM) | CIIMAR LA - Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine & Environmental Research | CIMA - Universidade do Algarve | IPMA - Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera | Institute of Marine Research (IMAR) | Ifremer | Polytechnic University of Marche (UNIVPM) | University of Southampton | University of Łódź | International Seabed Authority (ISA) | Centre for applied research at NHH