Environmental Issues of Deep-Sea Mining, 1st ed. 2019
Impacts, Consequences and Policy Perspectives
Coordinator: Sharma RahulLanguage: Anglais
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586 p. · 15.5x23.5 cm · Hardback
This volume discusses environmental issues associated with deep-sea mining, and the methods and technologies to mitigate mining impacts on marine environments. The book assesses the causes and outcomes of these impacts as well as the requirements for proper environmental management when conducting deep-sea mining, including the regulatory processes to achieve environmental conservation. In 5 sections, the volume brings together information and data for researchers, contractors, mining companies, regulators, and NGOs involved in deep-sea mining.Section 1 highlights the various environmental issues and discusses methods and approaches that can help in developing environmentally sustainable deep-sea mining. Section 2 details the results and outcomes of studies related to deep-sea mining and proposes methods for improved environmental impact assessment and monitoring. Section 3 discusses the need for proper data management techniques to develop systematic environmental impact standards and their application to deep-sea mining. Section 4 discusses the policies, approaches, practices and formats for developing environmental impact statements (EIS), environmental management plans (EMP) and mitigation measures, and national and international regulations for environmental management. Section 5 concludes the text by putting deep-sea economic activities into an environmental context and conducting techno-economic analyses of deep-sea mining and processing.
Dr. Rahul Sharma (retired) was a Chief Scientist at the National Institute of Oceanography in Goa, India. He received his PhD in Marine Science from Goa University in 1997. His research interests include development of underwater photography for deep-sea exploration, environmental impact assessment for deep-sea mining, and application of environmental data for deep-sea mining and environmental conservation. He is the editor of the book on 'Deep-sea mining: resource potential, technical and environmental considerations' published by Springer in 2017 and has undertaken several assignments for international research organizations, academic institutions and the International Seabed Authority.