Marine Resources

Can massive sulphides, manganese nodules and cobalt-rich crusts at the bottom of the deep sea help meet the global demand for rare metals? Can energy be extracted safely from gas hydrates? What natural substances does marine life and related microbiomes produce? Are sweet water supplies hidden beneath the seabed? The search for new resources for a growing society is closely linked to questions of safe, environmentally compatible and sustainable use. GEOMAR is therefore researching in particular the effects of the development of raw material sources on the seabed and possibilities of environmental monitoring.


News about Marine Resources

A metal gripper arm grips a piece of rock on the seabed

Hydrothermal Mercury – the natural story of a contaminant

Human influences are responsible for the majority of mercury pollution in the ocean

GEOMAR Director Professor Dr. Katja Matthes and Sebastian Unger, German Federal Government Commissioner for the Ocean

Joining forces for our ocean

Federal Government Commissioner for the Ocean Sebastian Unger and GEOMAR researchers discuss important issues of protection and sustainable use of the ocean

Recovery of the remotely operated vehicle ROV Kiel 6000 during the SONNE expedition SO229.

A dive to the ore factories of the deep sea

SONNE expedition with ROV KIEL 6000 studies ore formation in Papua New Guinea

Gravity corer on board the research vessel SONNE.

Linking climatic changes and geological processes at the sea floor

GEOMAR and Harvard scientists receive European Research Council Synergy Grant

Measurements on the ship

Gas eruption of the past helps to understand the ocean floor

Study investigates natural pathways of gases in the North Sea

Core Theme Ocean Threats and Benefits
How can we forecast marine natural hazards and use resources from the seafloor in a responsible way?


Research Focus Metals in the Ocean
Metals in marine systems are both resources and nutrients, but also indicators of ocean circulation and climate history.


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