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This project has received funding from the European Unionís Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 652637.


JPI Oceans Joint Call: Impacts of deep-sea nodule 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.

Focus of the Call:

  • 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.

Indicative schedule of the call:

  • August 1, 2017: official launch of the Call
  • November 1, 2017: Deadline to submit pre-proposals
  • September 1, 2018: expected project start date

Each application for a joint project must involve researchers from at least three funding partner countries. 

More information can be found at: http://www.jpi-oceans.eu/news-events/news/joint-call-pre-announcement-impacts-deep-sea-nodule-mining