Environmental Issues of Deep-Sea Mining, 1st ed. 2019
Impacts, Consequences and Policy Perspectives

Coordinator: Sharma Rahul

Language: Anglais

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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. 


PartA: Environmental issues.- Chapter1: Deep-sea mining and environment –  an introduction.- Chapter2: Environmental issues of deep-sea mining – a global perspective.- Chapter3: Environmental impacts of nodule, crust and sulphide mining – an overview.- Chapter4: Towards an ecosystem approach to environmental impact assessment for deep-sea mining.- Chapter5: Technologies for Safe and Sustainable Mining of Deep-Seabed Minerals.- PartB: Environmental impact assessment.- Chapter6: Assessment of deep-sea faunal communities - indicators of environmental impact.- Chapter7: Long term monitoring of environmental conditions of benthic impact experiment.- Chapter8: Metal mobility from hydrothermal sulfides into seawater during deep seafloor mining operations.- Chapter9: Mining in hydrothermal vent fields: predicting and minimizing impacts on ecosystems with the use of a mathematical modeling framework.- Chapter10: Ecotoxicological bioassay using marine algae for deep-sea mining.- PartC: Environmental data standardization and application.- Chapter11: New techniques for standardization of Environmental Impact Assessment.- Chapter12: Environmental factors for design and operation of deep-sea mining system - based on case studies.- PartD: Environmental management.- Chapter13: Environmental Policy for Deep Seabed Mining.- Chapter14: Ecosystem approach for management of deep-sea mining activities.- Chapter15: Improving environmental management practices in deep-sea mining.- Chapter16: The development of Environmental Impact Assessments for deep-sea mining.- Chapter17: Protection of the marine environment: The international and national regulation of deep seabed mining activities.- PartE: Economic Considerations.- Chapter 18: Deep sea natural capital: putting deep see economic activities into an environmental context.- Chapter19: Review of mining rates, environmental impacts, metal values and investments for polymetallic nodules mining.- Chapter20: Techno-economic perspective on processing of polymetallic ocean nodules

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.

Discusses issues related to potential environmental impacts associated with deep-sea mining

Addresses the requirements for proper environmental management for sustainable deep-sea mining

Presents information and data from global experts for researchers, contractors, mining companies, regulators, and NGOs