Joint Call: Impacts of Deep-Sea Nodule Mining

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Impacts of deep-sea nodule mining
D2 manipulator jaws are gently grasping the crown of a stalked crinoid (Phrynocrinidae) for a collection. Photo: NOAA

JPI OCEANS | 1 Aug 2017

On August 1, 2017, several JPI Oceans member countries launched a joint call for preproposals to study the environmental impacts and risks associated with seabed mining.

This call is being conducted as a follow-up of the Joint Action under the framework of JPI Oceans. It calls for cruise proposals for the RV SONNE in early 2019 in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCZ), subequatorial eastern Pacific. The complete call text is available here.
Applicants are requested to submit a preproposal by November 1, using the submission platform . The respective coordinators of such preproposals will need to register themselves and their project partners on this platform. Preproposals will need to be submitted using the application form provided.
In order to support the formation of consortia, a virtual brokerage space has been set-up on this website. Applicants are encouraged to post offers and requests for cooperation.
Submission of pre-proposals started on August 1, 2017 and closes on November 1, 2017. Projects are expected to start from July 1, 2018. Each application for a joint project must involve researchers from at least three funding partner countries.

Funding Partners

To date, several funding organisations have declared their interest in participation:
  • Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and Flanders EWI Department, Belgium
  • The Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF), Germany
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN), Norway
  • The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), The Netherlands
  • Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal
Associated partners with in-kind contributions include:
  • France
  • Italy
  • Sweden
  • International Seabed Authority (Jamaica Headquarters)

 

Applicants are invited to contact their national funding partners for more information.

Focus of the Call

Proposals should address the topics outlined in the call text. Some important topics will include:
  • 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.
Proposals should be linked to an industrial field trial / demonstration project of mining equipment in the deep sea.

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