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

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

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

White methane hydrate layers traverse the sediments. Photo: MARUM - Zentrum für Marine Umweltwissenschaften, Universität Bremen; G. Bohrmann

Methane hydrate dissociation off Spitsbergen not caused by climate change

Study identifies post-glacial processes as main reason

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

Deep-sea mining: serious consequences for the marine ecosystem

Scientists call for measures to protect the marine environment