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The Deep-Sea Frontier: Science challenges for a sustainable future, EUR 22812

Funded under: FP6-SUSTDEV


The deep-sea is a complex bio-geosphere system in the world's ocean environment. This system supports the largest biosphere on earth, modulates the global climate and contains vast natural resources for use both today and in the future. However, it is not well understood. The emerging Marine Strategy for Europe requires more coordinated research to underpin the objectives of sustainable exploitation in the oceans, and this initiative aims to identify the key questions that need to be addressed. The complex nature of the deep-sea environment requires a multidisciplinary approach that takes account of the complex and interlinked physical, geological, chemical, biological and microbial processes operating throughout the global deep sea, and this must be underpinned by technology development. The emerging marine science research plan will enable the necessary support to be put in place to carry out this ambitious programme. This publication describes the research challenges of working in the deep ocean and outlines the strategies required to carry out multi-disciplinary research in this domain. The Deep-Sea Frontier initiative was launched in 2005 by the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD) and supported by ECORDnet, contract no. ERAC-CT -2003-510218.

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