The Action aims to characterize major issues related to marine resources, providing the national community with a geodatabase reporting the possible sites of exploitation (renewable energy, mineral deposits and materials for beach nourishment, etc.) in the Italian seas and proposing a methodological, instrumental and analytical improvement in the characterization of sites emitting fluids.
To achieve these results, the Action is:
taking a census and characterizing the main sites of mineralization induced by hydrothermalism and in the major hydrothermal sites (hypothetically exploitable for the use of geothermal energy),
characterizing emissions of cold fluids from the seabed (to research of gas hydrates and to map potential hydrocarbon reservoirs),
mapping of potential sites of exploitation of aggregates, to be used in the nourishment of coasts and as building materials,
zoning of potential areas for renewable energy exploitation (wind, waves, currents);
testing the validity of a methodology for the formulation of a mineral and energy geo-resources exploitation scenario, with significant impact on the seabed and habitats, in collaboration with the action AZ2 WP3.
Action leader Marzia Rovere - ISMAR