UMC 2016 • Focus and Call for Papers

Resource and Environmental Assessments
for Seafloor Mining Development

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45th Underwater Mining Conference
October 9 through 13, 2016
Orakai Songdo Park Hotel
151, Techno park-ro, Yeonsu-gu
Incheon • South Korea

Our technical focus in 2016 is Resource and Environmental Assessments for seafloor mineral development, with a focus on deep-sea projects. This is an exciting time for the commercial development of seafloor minerals. In terms of 2016 activities, already we have seen the delivery of the deepwater production tools for Nautilus’ seafloor massive sulphide project in Papua New Guinea. Also in 2016, the International Seabed Authority is planning to release draft regulations to allow and manage commercial recovery of minerals from areas beyond national jurisdiction.

Call for Papers

We welcome presentations that examine the quantitative extent and potential commercial viability of these deposits as well as those that address the important issues related to environmental assessment and protection. As always, other timely and significant topics related to marine minerals are also welcome.

Abstract Submission

Please submit your abstract by email to the UMC Conference Coordinator. A general UMC 2016 Abstract template (Word .docx file) is provided to assist you with the following format:

The deadline for submission is May 31, 2016. The selection of presentations will be completed by June 30, 2016.

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Commercial Exhibits

For commercial exhibits, please contact the Conference Coordinator for information.

Conference Contacts

  • Technical Program Chair
  • Dr. Samantha Smith, President
    International Marine Minerals Society
  • Technical Program Host
  • Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (Korea)
  • and KIOST (Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology)
  • Conference Coordinator
  • Karynne Chong Morgan
  • University of Hawai‘i
  • 1000 Pope Road, MSB 303
  • Honolulu HI 96822
  • Tel: +1 808.956.5095
    Mobile: +1 808.295.9418


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