Backgrounds and Objectives Introduction

Japan has the world's 6th largest exclusive economic zone (EEZ). To date, significance of submarine mineral and energy resources draws special attention among the Japanese society to address some important economical and societal issues on human activities and the planet Earth. The better understanding of submarine resource systems will shed light on the sustainable development of human activities and the ecosystem.

JAMSTEC has founded "Submarine Resources Research Project" as one of the institutional leading projects in 2011. And it has been reorganaized as “Research and Development (R&D) Center for Submarine Resources”in 2014. The center will focus mainly on the basic and applied research and development of the marine subsurface systems according to the governmental initiatives and societal demands.

The targets of our project team include submarine minerals that often associate with hydrothermal system and (bio-)mineralization processes. Also, the deeply buried hydrocarbons in sedimentary realms may have great potential to develop sustainable low-carbon society as clean energy. Importantly, ecosystem service and response to the possible environmental changes need to be understood and carefully considered for the future resource development.

Using the world-class facilities of marine sciences that JAMSTEC has long developed, the Submarine Resources Research Project will provide the basic and valuable information from the submarine resource systems, contributing to the sustainable human activity and our planetary environments.