Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research
Royal Netherlands
Institute for Sea Research

UUNIOZ_Hydrothermal vent fields

Protecting deep seabed hydrothermal vent fields through area-based management tools

The deep seabed is the common heritage of humankind, and is at risk by the imminent start of mining. Trans-disciplinary research within environmental science and international law will assess the role of area-based management tools (ABMTs) in protecting hydrothermal vent fields against mining impacts. We investigate ecological connectivity at vent field scale to determine the necessary dimensions of ABMTs, and how these outcomes are best integrated in the regulatory framework of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The Netherlands government and others may use the research outcomes to ensure ISA regulation meets the highest possible environmental and biodiversity standards.

The imminent start of mining poses risks to hydrothermal vents, including habitat removal, vent-fluid change, toxic mining plumes, and associated risks of biodiversity loss. Photo NIOZ

Joint research

This project is part of the joint research of Utrecht University and the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research concerning the functioning of (coastal) seas and oceans.  Pairs of scienists will carry out interdisciplinary research into pressing scientific and societal issues that tie in with the strategic themes of both organisations. In addition to the Faculties of Science and Geosciences, also the Faculties of Law, Economics and Governance, and Veterinary Medicine of the UU are involved. The projects are part of the agreement to intensify the collaboration UU-NIOZ (2016-2025), funded by UU.

Project information

Research leaders 
Dr. Sabine Gollner (NIOZ)
Dr. Mr. Ing. Erik Molenaar (Utrecht University)

Theme 
Sustainable functioning of Coastal and Shelf Seas
Ocean of Discovery
Our Future Ocean

UU-NIOZ project page
For more information on this project and other UU-NIOZ projects, visit the joint UU-NIOZ project page 

Meet the team
Below you find the NIOZ employee(s) working in this team. For a complete overview including Utrecht University team members visit the joint UU-NIOZ project page 

Project information
Linked department:
Funder:
Utrecht University
Duration:
1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2025
Partner
  • Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Meet the team

 
Gollner, Sabine
Tenure track Scientist
 
Klunder, Lise
Postdoc

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