International VISTA seminar 2021

Subsea floor processes and a sustainable ocean

For inviterte
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

The sea is affected by climate change. The subsea floor has opportunities for utilization of energy, mineral and water resources and can function as a storage for CO2. This also affects the exchange between the subsea floor and the ocean.
In order to manage the ocean's subsea floor and marine resources, research is required related to the mapping of resources, the interaction between the subsea floor and the ocean, and the importance of external influences on natural systems.


11.30 – 12.00    Coffee/ light lunch
12.00 – 12.15    Opening        
                               Hans Petter Graver, President, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
                               Ole Sejersted, President VISTA

12.15 – 12.35    The United Nations decade of Ocean science for sustainable development
                               Peter Haugan, Professor, Head of research, Institute of Marine Research

12.35 – 12.55    The energy transition and resources of the seabed - environmental risks of

                               Matthias Haeckel, Professor, GEOMAR

12.55 – 13.15    Cold seepages, gas hydrates and climate change
                               Karin Andreassen, Professor, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

13.15 – 13.45    Coffee break

13.45 – 14.05    Hydrothermal circulation along the mid-ocean ridge systems        
                               Inga Berre, Professor/Project leader VISTA CSD

14.05 – 14.25    Deep sea sediments and the carbon cycle – Industrial activity – A major

                               Jack J. Middelburg, Professor, Utrecht University

14.25 – 14.45    Hydrothermal vents and deep sea mining – Industrial adventure?
                               Rolf Birger Pedersen, Professor, University of Bergen

14.45 – 15.05    Hydrothermal vents and deep sea mining - are we interfering with the
                               “origins of life”?

                              Antje Boetius, Professor/Director AWI

15.05 – 15.25    Sustainable ocean research and exploitation – the future model for
                               observing systems

                              Asgeir Sørensen, Professor/Project leader NTNU VISTA CAROS

15.25 – 15.45    Deep se exploration – Legal aspects
                               Harald Brekke, Senior Geologist,  Norwegian Petroleum Directorate/
                               International Seabed Authority (ISA)

15.45 – 16.30    Panel discussion
16.30 – 17.00    Aperitif

17.00 – 19.00    Dinner