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Managing Impacts of Deep-seA reSource exploitation

Objective

The MIDAS project addresses fundamental environmental issues relating to the exploitation of deep-sea mineral and energy resources; specifically polymetallic sulphides, manganese nodules, cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts, methane hydrates and the potential mining of rare earth elements. These new industries will have significant impacts on deep-sea ecosystems, in some cases extending over hundreds of thousands of square kilometres. Scientific knowledge is needed urgently to develop guidelines for industry ensuring wealth creation and Best Environmental Practice. MIDAS will assess the nature and scales of the potential impacts including 1) physical destruction of the seabed by mining, the creation of mine tailings and the potential for catastrophic slope failures from methane hydrate exploitation, 2) the potential effects of particle-laden plumes in the water column, and 3) the possible toxic chemicals that might be released by the mining process. Knowledge of the impacts will be used to address the key biological unknowns, such as connectivity between populations, impacts of the loss of biological diversity on ecosystem functioning, and how quickly the ecosystems will recover. The information derived will be used to guide recommendations for best practice, iterating with MIDAS industry partners and the wider stakeholder community to ensure that solutions are practical and cost-effective. We will engage with European and international regulatory organisations to take these recommendations forward into legislation in a timely fashion. A major element of MIDAS will be to develop methods and technologies for 1) preparing baseline assessments of biodiversity, and 2) monitoring activities remotely in the deep sea during and after exploitation (including ecosystem recovery). The MIDAS partnership represents a unique combination of scientists, industry, social scientists, legal experts, NGOs and SMEs.

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2013-two-stage
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SEASCAPE CONSULTANTS LTD
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The Old Stable Church Lane
SO51 0HN Romsey Awbridge
United Kingdom

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Victoria Gunn (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 765 120

Participants (33)

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 652 337,25
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire

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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gary Wheeler (Mr.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR OZEANFORSCHUNG KIEL (GEOMAR)
Germany
EU contribution
€ 675 240
Address
Wischhofstrasse 1-3
24148 Kiel

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Alexandra Drossou-Berendes (Dr.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER
France
EU contribution
€ 795 532
Address
1625 Route De Sainte Anne Zone Industrielle De La Pointe Du Diable
29280 Plouzane

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Bruno Raguenes (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 631 663,75
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Yan Qiao (Mrs.)
IMAR - INSTITUTO DO MAR
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 509 730
Address
Rua Prof Dr Frederico Machado 4 Departamento De Oceanografia E Pescas Univ Dos Acores
9901-862 Horta

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Administrative Contact
Ricardo Serrao Santos (Dr.)
ALFRED-WEGENER-INSTITUT HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR POLAR- UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 472 719
Address
Am Handelshafen 12
27570 Bremerhaven

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Catherine Audebert (Mrs.)
INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OFSTAVANGER AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 324 999
Address
Professor Olav Hanssens Vei 15
4068 Stavanger

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Ann-Catherine Jacobsen
SENCKENBERG GESELLSCHAFT FUR NATURFORSCHUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 325 440
Address
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt

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Other
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Johannes Heilmann (Dr.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 180 000
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent

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Saskia Vanden Broeck (Mrs.)
STIFTELSEN NORGES GEOTEKNISKE INSTITUTT
Norway
EU contribution
€ 159 750
Address
Sognsv 72
0855 Oslo

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Vanneste Maarten (Dr.)
STICHTING KONINKLIJK NEDERLANDS INSTITUUT VOOR ZEEONDERZOEK (NIOZ)
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 413 025
Address
Landsdiep 4
1797 SZ Den Hoorn Texel

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Tjerk Vos (Mr.)
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 180 801
Address
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London

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Administrative Contact
Evelyn Jones (Ms.)
CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE ASSOCIAZIONE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 214 980
Address
Piazzale Flaminio 9
00196 Roma

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Angelo Tursi (Prof.)
THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 323 734
Address
Scottish Marine Institute
PA37 1QA Dunbeg Oban

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Derek Black (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 180 318
Address
Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Xavier Gutiérrez (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 180 000
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen

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Thomas Flink (Mr.)
UNIVERSITETET I TROMSOE - NORGES ARKTISKE UNIVERSITET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 180 000
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Hansine Hansens Veg 14
9019 Tromso

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Angelique Prick (Dr.)
WYCLIFFE MANAGEMENT SP. Z O.O
Poland
EU contribution
€ 160 002
Address
Ul. Korotynskiego 21/34
02 123 Warsaw

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kristina Gjerde (Ms.)
Median SCP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 99 960
Address
Calle Vista Alegre 20
08197 Sant Cugat Del Valles

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Sybille Van Den Hove (Dr.)
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 200 400
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen

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Administrative Contact
Liv-Grethe Gudmundsen (Ms.)
GIANNI MATTHEW
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 100 080
Address
Cliostraat 29 2
1077 KB Amsterdam

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Matthew Gianni (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 220 771
Address
Campus De Penha
8005 139 Faro

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Maria Bebianno (Prof.)
DEEP SEAS ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 100 020
Address
Woodlands Road - Meadowsweet 132
SO40 7AP Southampton

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David Billett (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE - PARIS 6
France
EU contribution
€ 180 000
Address
Place Jussieu 4
75252 Paris

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Stéphanie Rossard (Dr.)
CORONIS COMPUTING SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 146 100
Address
Parc Cientific I Tecnologic De La Universitat De G Fici Giroempren, Calle Pic De Peguera, N Umero 15
17003 Girona

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Rafael Garcia (Dr.)
IHC MINING BV
Netherlands
Address
Molendijk 94
3361 EP Sliedrecht

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Robert Van De Ketterij (Mr.)
FUGRO GEOS LIMITED

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United Kingdom
Address
Hithercroft Road Fugro House
OX10 9RB Wallingford

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Richard Davies (Mr.)
ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 200 061
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Saint Mary Axe 33 2nd Floor 33
EC3A 8AA London

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Kevin Murphy (Dr.)
DREDGING INTERNATIONAL NV
Belgium
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Scheldedijk 30, Haven 1025
2070 Zwijndrecht

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Dominique Durt (Mr.)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN UND ROHSTOFFE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 12 000
Address
Stilleweg 2
30655 Hannover

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Jürgen Soldan (Mr.)
P.P. SHIRSHOV INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY OF RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
EU contribution
€ 75 006
Address
Nakhimovsky Prospect 36
117997 Moskva

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Andrey Gebruk (Dr.)
FUGRO EMU LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 337 323
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Fugro House Hithercroft Road
OX10 9RB Wallingford

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Richard Davies (Mr.)
MEDIAN SUSTAINABILITY SL
Spain
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Carrer Vista Alegre 20
08197 Valldoreix

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Administrative Contact
Sybille Van Den Hove (Dr.)