Biological, mineral and energy resources

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

Bladder wrack. Photo: Larissa Büdenbender
02.07.2020

Marine alga from the Kiel Fjord discovered as a remedy against infections and skin cancer

GEOMAR research group successfully applies bioinformatics methods and machine learning in marine drug discovery

Vice-Rector of the St. Petersburg Mining University, Prof. Dr. Igor B. Sergeyev presents the award to Iason-Zois Gazis. Photo: Raw Material Forum.
02.12.2019

Detection of raw materials research by machine learning honoured

Researcher from GEOMAR receives award at a German-Russian conference

Manganese nodules in the Clarion Clipperton Zone in more than 4000 metres depth.  In a few years some countries could apply to the International Seabed Authority for a mining licence in the CCZ. Photo: ROV-Team/GEOMAR (CC BY 4.0)
24.09.2018

Deep-sea Mining: Research on Risks and Environmental Impacts Continues

The 2nd phase of the JPI Oceans project "MiningImpact" has started

Gas hydrates are nicknamed "burning ice" because of the trapped methane. Photo: Science Party SO174
23.03.2018

Gas hydrate research: Advanced knowledge and new technologies

After ten years, the SUGAR project concludes with a conference in Potsdam

Bathymetric map of the Nyegga region off the coast of Central Norway. Graphic: Jens Karstens / GEOMAR
12.02.2018

Why did gas hydrates melt at the end of the last ice age?

GEOMAR researchers find links between sedimentation and methane seeps on the seafloor off the coast of Norway

The habitat formed by manganese nodules is home to specific sessile and mobile fauna. Photo: ROV-Team, GEOMAR (CC BY 4.0)
05.01.2018

Deep-sea mining: serious consequences for the marine ecosystem

Scientists call for measures to protect the marine environment

Map showing the current distribution of exploration licences for nodule and sulphides in the Area, including the giant Clarion-Clipperton Zone manganese nodule field. Map: GEOMAR (see reference).
24.11.2017

Debate on deep-sea mining reaches new level

GEOMAR expert participates in high-level panel of the National Academy of Sciences

The habitat formed by manganese nodules is home to specific sessile and mobile fauna. Photo: ROV-Team, GEOMAR (CC BY 4.0)
18.10.2017

Deep-Sea Mining: Transparent Environmental Management Needed

Final meeting of the European research project “MiningImpact” at the NHM London

Visualization of the model Dr. Burwicz-Galerne used to simulate the development of the gas hydrate deposits in the Green Canyon. Graphic: Ewa Burwicz-Galerne
30.06.2017

Gas hydrate younger than previously thought

GEOMAR researcher awarded for complex computer models of the seafloor

Reconstructed 3D model of a nanotomography. The left picture shows uraninite (uranium ore) that surrounds gold. In the right picture, a computer programme was used the remove the uraninite to illustrate the large volume hidden in the uranium ore.
20.04.2017

The formation of gold deposits in South Africa

German-Canadian research team discovers new ore-forming process in ancient marine sedimentary basin