Seas and oceans cover approximately 70% of the earth’s surface, and most of this is deep sea, an environment about which we still know still very little. The potential for mining of raw materials in these wide expanses is enormous, and the international offshore and maritime industries are increasingly interested in the deep sea. It is generally acknowledged that a sound knowledge of the deep sea environment is crucial for further developing this deep sea mining concept in a responsible and sustainable way to protect valuable and vulnerable parts of the same deep sea environment. Fathoming the depths of the oceans — even to depths of 6 km and beyond — has been a part of our core business at NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research for many decades.
Interested? Please contact Ir. Marck Smit, Head of our Deep Sea Science & Technology Centre. His contact details can be found on our web-site www.nioz.nl/deepsea .