Deep-Sea Discovery

The most integrated seabed-to-surface discovery program ever undertaken

We are proud to contribute to society’s knowledge of the deep ocean, by conducting an integrated research program from the surface of the ocean in the Clarion Clipperton Zone, down through the water column to the abyssal plain, the largest desert on the planet. This is the most rigorous and comprehensive deep-sea study to date because we are studying everything from the surface to the deep seabed, and from the macro to the microbial level.


A radically transparent approach

We are equally proud of conducting this research program in an unusually transparent and collaborative way. Our ship, our platform, and our research are all open to the world – because collaboration is the best way to generate new knowledge and understanding.

We will share the data we collect with the international community, provide deep-sea samples to labs around the world, and gain insights to make engineering decisions to develop technologies to collect polymetallic nodules with as little impact as possible.

Our multi-year studies will come together as a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement, which we will present to the International Seabed Authority for consideration.


Adaptive management

As part of our pioneering research, we are developing an innovative tool to further advance our open and collaborative approach, known as a digital twin.

This will be a virtual replica of the deep-sea operating environment, created using sophisticated monitoring equipment that sends real-time data to the cloud. It will allow us to modify our operations as we go, minimizing impacts as we analyze them.

This will enable unprecedented radical transparency, by giving stakeholders and the ISA real-time visibility into our operations. We are proud to pioneer this way of working within the industry in order to set a high bar for monitoring activities in international waters.


Wider world implications

We are inspired by the potential for our research to make crucially important contributions to wider fields of science, medicine and technology.

In recent years, new ocean discoveries have had unimagined implications; from compounds found in marine microbes with antiviral properties, to ocean bacteria with the potential to clean polluted soil and water.

This continually motivates us in funding such an extensive scientific program, with the prospect of positively impacting humanity – beyond just analyzing the impact of DeepGreen’s proposed operations. We are actively developing partnerships with leading researchers, sharing our vast catalog of deep-sea biological and sediment samples with labs, and exploring the vast potential of these common heritage resources to increase humanity’s knowledge of the deep sea.


Aspects of the deep-sea discovery program

Our teams are currently collecting data about the chemical, physical, and biological characteristics of the water column and seabed in our exploration area, downto 4.5km deep.

We are building a more complete picture of habitat connectivity, and how it relates to the distribution and function of deep-sea organisms and the overall structure of their communities.

We will support over 100 original studies that are divided into the following main work packages, with the help of research institutions around the world:

  • Sediment Analysis
  • Surface Biology
  • Benthic Biology
  • Pelagic Biology
  • ESIA Ancillary Studies
  • Bathymetry

With further ongoing support studies including:

  • Metocean Studies
  • Collector Test Near Field Studies
  • Collector Test Far Field Modelling
  • Plume Modelling
  • Habitat Mapping
  • Collector Test ESIA
  • Database Development
  • Digital Twin Development

If you would like to find out more about any of our studies or research areas, please get in touch at enquiries@deep.green.

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