Environmental Issues of Deep-Sea Mining

Impacts, Consequences and Policy Perspectives

  • Rahul Sharma

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Environmental Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Rahul Sharma, Samantha Smith
      Pages 3-22
    3. Philip P. E. Weaver, David Billett
      Pages 27-62
    4. Kate J. Thornborough, S. Kim Juniper, Samantha Smith, Lynn-Wei Wong
      Pages 63-94
    5. Sup Hong, Hyung-Woo Kim, Taekyung Yeu, Jong-Su Choi, Tae Hee Lee, Jong-Kap Lee
      Pages 95-143
  3. Environmental Impact Assessment

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Shigeshi Fuchida, Jun-ichiro Ishibashi, Tatsuo Nozaki, Yoshitaka Matsushita, Masanobu Kawachi, Hiroshi Koshikawa
      Pages 213-229
    3. Takahiro Yamagishi, Shuhei Ota, Haruyo Yamaguchi, Hiroshi Koshikawa, Norihisa Tatarazako, Hiroshi Yamamoto et al.
      Pages 255-271
  4. Environmental Data Standardization and Application

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 273-273
    2. Yasuo Furushima, Takehisa Yamakita, Tetsuya Miwa, Dhugal Lindsay, Tomohiko Fukushima, Yoshihisa Shirayama
      Pages 275-313
  5. Environmental Management

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 345-345
    2. Michael W. Lodge, Kathleen Segerson, Dale Squires
      Pages 347-379
    3. D. S. M. Billett, D. O. B. Jones, P. P. E. Weaver
      Pages 403-446
  6. Economic Considerations

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 567-577

About this book


This volume discusses environmental issues associated with deep-sea mining, with an emphasis on potential impacts, their consequences and the policy perspectives. The book describes the methods and technologies to assess, monitor and mitigate mining impacts on marine environments, and also suggests various approaches for environmental management when conducting deep-sea mining. The volume brings together information and data for researchers, contractors, mining companies, regulators, and NGOs working in the field of 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 impact assessment of deep-sea mining, and proposes methods for monitoring.

Section 3 discusses the need and means for developing data standards and their application to deep-sea mining.

Section 4 discusses the policies, approaches, and practices related to deep-sea mining, suggests formats for developing environmental impact statements (EIS) and environmental management plans (EMP), and describes 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.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rahul Sharma
    • 1
  1. 1.CSIR-National Institute of OceanographyDona PaulaIndia

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