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Environmental Issues of Deep-Sea Mining

Impacts, Consequences and Policy Perspectives

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  • 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

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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. Environmental Issues

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Deep-Sea Mining and the Environment: An Introduction

      • Rahul Sharma, Samantha Smith
      Pages 3-22
    3. Environmental Impacts of Nodule, Crust and Sulphide Mining: An Overview

      • Philip P. E. Weaver, David Billett
      Pages 27-62
    4. Towards an Ecosystem Approach to Environmental Impact Assessment for Deep-Sea Mining

      • Kate J. Thornborough, S. Kim Juniper, Samantha Smith, Lynn-Wei Wong
      Pages 63-94
    5. Technologies for Safe and Sustainable Mining of Deep-Seabed Minerals

      • 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. Metal Mobility from Hydrothermal Sulfides into Seawater During Deep Seafloor Mining Operations

      • Shigeshi Fuchida, Jun-ichiro Ishibashi, Tatsuo Nozaki, Yoshitaka Matsushita, Masanobu Kawachi, Hiroshi Koshikawa
      Pages 213-229
    3. Ecotoxicological Bioassay Using Marine Algae for Deep-Sea Mining

      • 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. New Techniques for Standardization of Environmental Impact Assessment

      • 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. Environmental Policy for Deep Seabed Mining

      • Michael W. Lodge, Kathleen Segerson, Dale Squires
      Pages 347-379
    3. Improving Environmental Management Practices in Deep-Sea Mining

      • D. S. M. Billett, D. O. B. Jones, P. P. E. Weaver
      Pages 403-446

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.

Keywords

  • Deep-sea mining
  • Environmental management plan
  • Environmental impact statement
  • Economics of deep-sea mining
  • Sustainable deep-seabed resource mining
  • Organism activity on nodule growth
  • Deep-sea mining technologies
  • Commercial use of deep-sea minerals
  • International Seabed Authority
  • UN convention on the law of the sea
  • Deep-sea mining regulations
  • Marine mining impact
  • mineral resources
  • marine and freshwater sciences

Editors and Affiliations

  • CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula, India

    Rahul Sharma

About the editor

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.

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Buying options

eBook USD 139.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-12696-4
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)