Biological, mineral and energy resources

Gas hydrates - burning ice - a possible energy resource for the future? Source: GEOMAR

The oceans offer enormous potential for new resources: natural marine substances, mineral resources, and gas hydrates on the seafloor could complement, and possibly replace, certain land-based occurrences. Comprehensive interdisciplinary investigations are required in order to enable a well-balanced assessment to be made of the potential provided by these marine resources, as well as the risks involved in their exploitation. 

News for topic: Marine Resources

Manganese nodule held by ROV KIEL 6000. Photo: ROV team, GEOMAR

Monitoring the recovery of deep-sea ecosystems from human impact

Expeditions to study ecological consequences of deep-sea mining completed

Preparations for a dive the AUV ABYSS. The device deliveres accurate maps and photos of the more than 4000 m deep seafloor. Photo: Bastian Barenbrock.

Fascinating photo mosaic from the seafloor in 4000 m depth

Expedition to manganese nodule fields in the eastern Pacific successfully concluded

In some regions of the oceans manganese nodules occur in vast amounts on the seafloor. Photo: Nils Brenke, CeNak

Deep-Sea Mining: What are the risks?

GEOMAR coordinates European joint project on impact assessment