Overview of Korean activities on seabed mineral resources and environmental impact assessments for mining

Title
Overview of Korean activities on seabed mineral resources and environmental impact assessments for mining
Author(s)
주세종; 손승규; 지상범
KIOST Author(s)
Son, Seung Kyu(손승규)Chi, Sang Bum(지상범)
Publication Year
2015-11-05
Abstract
In the last few decades, there has been an increasing interest on the development of seabed mineral resources (such as polymetallic nodules, ferro-manganese crusts, and massive sulfides) due to limited land resources and rapidly increasing industrial demands. Therefore, international seabed authority has been issued more than 18 exploration licenses to the contractors (private companies or nations) for the last 5 years. Currently, Korean government has four exploration licenses: two in the international waters (each one in CCZ and Indian Ridge) and two licenses in the national jurisdiction waters (EEZ) (each one in the EEZ of Fiji and Tonga). At the same time, there are also growing concerns on the environmental impacts by the seabed mining. Thus, the environmental regulations have been getting tightened and strict. All contractors have to conduct Environmental Impact Assessments which are pre-requisite before applying for the exploitation license. We have also been carried out environmental studies including environmental baseline studies in our exploration contracted regions to better manage, mitigate, or/and minimize the mining impact on marine environments. The results of these environmental studies have been published in peer-reviewed journal and most of environmental data obtained from the international waters have been provided to ISA.
URI
https://sciwatch.kiost.ac.kr/handle/2020.kiost/25138
Bibliographic Citation
2015 KSO-CSO Joint Workshop, pp.361, 2015
Publisher
한국해양학회
Type
Conference
Language
English
Publisher
한국해양학회
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Research Interests

deep sea mineral resources,deep sea sediments,심해저 광물자원,심해저 퇴적물,심해 환경

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