A holistic approach to predict, measure and reduce environmental pressures of polymetallic nodule collection

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Abstract

There is an expected increase in demand of critical raw materials, e.g. nickel and cobalt, mainly driven by the shift towards renewable energy solutions and the increase in production of electric vehicles. That trend has raised the interests for the mining of polymetallic nodules. The most extensive nodule depostions are found on the abyssal plains of the deep seas. In spite of their economic interest, concerns have been raised regarding the environmental impact of deep sea mining.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the World Dredging Conference, WODCON XXIII
Subtitle of host publicationDredging is Changing
PublisherWODA
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventWODCON XXIII - Tivoli Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 16 May 202220 May 2022

Conference

ConferenceWODCON XXIII
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityCopenhagen
Period16/05/2220/05/22

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Keywords

  • Deep-sea mining
  • flocculation
  • monitoring
  • hydraulic excavation
  • sediment dispersion

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