Upcoming Conference: UMI 2007

Marine Mining in the Pacific: Science, Economics, and the Environment

The 37th Annual Conference of the Underwater Mining Institute
October 15–20, 2007 • University of Tokyo, Japan

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:


UMI 2007 Call for Presentations

The UMI 2007 presentations will focus on the following topics:

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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Submission Instructions

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.

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

Submit Abstract by email.

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Conference Contact Information

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  • Technical Program Chair
  • Dr. Charles L. Morgan
  • Email: cmorgan@psi-hi.com
  • Host & Technical Program Co-Chairs
  • Dr. Akira Usui (main contact; a-usui@cc.kochi-u.ac.jp)
  • 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: karynnem@hawaii.edu


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