Marine Biology Research Group participates in JPIO MiningImpact - SO268 expedition to the Clarion-Clipperton Zone, equatorial Pacific

Sunday, February 17, 2019

In the period between 17 February and 22 May 2019, members of the Marine Biology Research group will participate in two scientific expeditions to the Clarion-Clipperton Zone in the equatorial Pacific in the framework of the JPIO MiningImpact project ( The region is of economic interest due to the prominent presence of deep-sea polymetallic nodules, rich in several metals and rare earth elements, which may form the target of future commercial mining operations at depths between 4500 and 5000m. During expedition SO268 aboard the German research vessel Sonne, a consortium of scientists belonging to different European institutes and universities will gather samples within the German and Belgian prospective mining areas. At the same time, the Belgian contractor DEME-GSR will independently conduct an industrial trial in the same areas. The main aim of the MiningImpact project is therefore to provide an independent assessment and real-time monitoring of the environmental impact caused by this trial mining operation, including biological, biogeochemical and physical aspects of the disturbance.

More information can be found on the JPIO MiningImpact website: