Upcoming Conference: UMI 2007
Marine Mining in the Pacific: Science, Economics, and the Environment
The 37th Annual Conference of the Underwater
October 15–20, 2007 • University of Tokyo, Japan
October 15: Registration Reception (evening)
- October 16-17: Technical Sessions and Banquet
Featuring banquet address, Dives of AUV ”r2D4” to the Deep-Rift Valley of the Central Indian Mid-Ocean Ridge System,
by Professor Tamaki Ura, Director of the Underwater Technology Research Center, Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan
- October 18-20: Field Tour to Hakone-Izu volcano area
(Download the GeoTechnical Field Tour Guide 188K PDF)
Download a PDF of last-minute information for participants.
Download the UMI 2007 Final Program PDF.
Regular Registration and Hotel Reservations Deadline:
August 15, 2007. Go to UMI 2007 Registration Information.
(Download the University of Tokyo Access Guide 1.1MB PDF)
Technical Program Chair: Dr. Charles L. Morgan
Technical Program Co-Chairs and Hosts:
- Prof. Akira Usui, Kochi University
- Prof. Kensaku Tamaki, The University of Tokyo
- Dr. Kokichi Iizasa, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST), Tsukuba Central
- Dr. Tetsuo Yamazaki, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science & Technology (AIST), Tsukuba West
- Dr. Nobuyuki Okamoto, Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)
- Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC)
- International Seabed Authority
- Mining and Minerals Institute of Japan (MMIJ)
- Kochi University
- University of Tokyo
- Geological Survey of Japan
(part of the National Institute for Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)
- Neptune Minerals
- International Marine Minerals Society
- Marine Technology Society
- Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory, University of Hawai‘i
UMI 2007 Call for Presentations
The UMI 2007 presentations will focus on the following topics:
- Development of seabed sulfide deposits of precious and base metals
- Development of ferromanganese oxide deposits of base metals
- Research on seabed methane hydrates as potential metal and energy resources
- Studies on environmental impacts of marine mining
Profitable marine mining industries are currently recovering seabed sand and gravel deposits in the coastal states. Potentially commercial marine
mining ventures for seabed sulfide deposits of gold, silver, copper, zinc, and other metals are developing within domestic and international seabed
areas. Ferromanganese oxide deposits are investigated primarily in the Pacific and Indian Oceans as future mineable deposits of nickel, cobalt, copper,
and other metals. Methane hydrates composed of chemically stable deposits of methane gas bound within a matrix of water ice may form widespread
deposits that represent potentially very large energy sources. All of these research and exploration programs are being supported by academic,
industrial, and government establishments in many countries.
The 2007 UMI invites papers on all aspects of these commercial mining, exploration, and research efforts, including methods of deposit delineation,
potential methods for recovery and utilization, and potential economic and environmental impacts of commercial operations. Studies that compare the
environmental impacts of seabed operations with land-base alternatives that can supply the same commodities are also of interest. Marine mineral
deposit models and processes of formation, as well as other topics of serious interest to the study of marine minerals worldwide, will also be important
components of this 2007 UMI.
The UMI provides perhaps the most appropriate setting to discuss these issues. The Institute has an established reputation for fostering
multidisciplinary debate on complex topics related to seabed development. Also, the Institute’s primary sponsor, the
International Marine Minerals Society, owes no allegiance to any particular commercial, academic, or government
body and thus serves as an independent voice on marine minerals issues.
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Email a WORD or text file containing the following information to the Conference Coordinator. The deadline
for submissions is May 15, 2007. The selection of presentations and notification of authors will be completed by the end of May , 2007.
- Title of Presentation.
- Author(s) Name, Title, Affiliation, Mailing and Contact Information.
- Abstract: Any length, not to exceed 10 pages, including figures and tables.
- Biographical Sketch of Principal Author and Speaker: ½-page narrative of each.
- A list of keywords.
- Preference for an oral (~25 minutes) or poster presentation.
For commercial exhibits, please contact the Conference Coordinator for information.
Submit Abstract by email.
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Conference Contact Information
- Technical Program Chair
- Dr. Charles L. Morgan
- Email: email@example.com
- Host & Technical Program Co-Chairs
- Dr. Akira Usui (main contact; firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Tel / Fax: +81 11 844 8319
- Drs. Kensaku Tamaki, Kokichi Iizasa, Tetsuo Yamazaki, and Nobuyuki Okamoto
- Conference Coordinator
- Ms. Karynne Morgan
- University of Hawai‘i
- 1000 Pope Road, MSB 303
- Honolulu HI 96822
- Tel: +1 808.956.6036
- Fax: + 1 808.956.9772
- E-mail: email@example.com
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