The Status of Deep-Sea Mining in Norway
Dr. Steffen Leth Jørgensen (University of Bergen)
The Centre for Deep Sea Research at UiB: role and position in the context of deep-sea mining
Dr. Pedro A. Ribeiro (University of Bergen)
An overview of critical science gaps in the opening process for deep-sea minerals in Norway
Dr. Eoghan P. Reeves (University of Bergen)
Evaluating the economic metal inventory of seafloor hydrothermal vents in the Norwegian-Greenland Sea
The opening process for deep-seabed mining in Norway started in 2019 and has now reached a critical stage. Amidst much environmental and economic uncertainty, a political decision may soon determine whether large deep-sea areas of the Norwegian-Greenland Sea will be licensed for mineral exploration. In this webinar we will describe the current status of deep-sea mining in Norway from scientific and economic perspectives. We will also discuss the key role of independent research in scientific knowledge gathering during a future exploration phase.