deep-sea mining

Research expedition begins to investigate deep-sea mineral deposits

RRS Discovery at sea

This week the Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery set sail to the Rio Grande Rise in the South Atlantic, 1400 km east of Brazil, to investigate cobalt-rich mineral deposits of interest to potential deep-sea mining. This expedition is part of the

Deep-sea mining research at the NOC

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is engaged in research into the potential risks and benefits of exploiting deep-sea mineral resources, some of which are essential for low-carbon technology, as well as using ocean robots to estimate the environmental impact of these potential deep-sea mining activities.

New insights into biodiversity hotspots could help protect them from potential deep-sea mining

Red soft corals

New insights into animal patterns around extinct submarine volcanoes could inform measures used to protect marine ecosystems from human activities, such as trawling and deep-sea mining.

Biodiversity loss from Deep-sea mining will be unavoidable

Sea anemone in an abyssal area with polymetallic nodules in the Clarion Clipperton Zone, in the Pacific, at over 4000 m depth

Biodiversity losses from deep-sea mining are unavoidable and possibly irrevocable, an international team of 15 marine scientists and legal scholars argue in a letter published today in the journal Nature Geoscience.

Deep-sea mining research at the NOC

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is engaged in research into the potential risks and benefits of exploiting deep-sea mineral resources, some of which are essential for low-carbon technology, as well as using ocean robots to estimate the environmental impact of these potential deep-sea mining activities.

Abyssal region of the Pacific reveals species new to science

Pacific xenophyophores

Scientists at the NOC have discovered 34 new species of giant single-celled organisms living at depths of more than 4 km in the eastern equatorial Pacific. The study areas are among those licensed by the International Seabed Authority (ISA) for exploration by companies with an interest in possible future deep-sea mining.

Expedition to test new technologies for deep sea deposit exploration

HyBIS Robotic Underwater Vehicle being prepared for a dive by its inventor, Dr Bramley Murton

Understanding how critical elements are formed in the deep ocean

NOC’s Dr Bramley Murton preparing for a dive mission

UK and Brazilian scientists will be working together to study the formation of critical ocean minerals essential for new technology – particularly environmental technology such as photovoltaic cells.