Ecosystem studied

The project will focus on nodule fields of the Pacific Ocean as well as hydrothermal vent fields in the Atlantic  and Arctic Oceans.

Stakeholders involved

A large number of stakeholders acting at both national international scales who represent a broad spectrum of end-users will be engaged on the project.

Study areas

The study areas will cover the Pacific ocean (Clarion-Clipperton Zone, DISCOL Experimental Area), the northern Mid-Atlantic and Arctic ridges.


The DEEP REST consortium is composed of 15 partners

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BICOSE3 cruise on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

Published on 9 november 2023

The Bicose3 cruise is actually happening! The research vessel Pourquoi pas? with the manned Nautile submersible on board left the port of Las Palmas October 22nd for a 47 day cruise.

Applications open for two at-sea on-board training opportunities

Ifremer  in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with the ISA is offering two at-sea training.

An internship at Ifremer for candidates of developing states

Ifremer in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic sulphides with the ISA is offering one internship.

This research was funded through the 2020-2021 Biodiversa and Water JPI joint call for research projects, under the BiodivRestore ERA-NET Cofund (GA N°101003777), with the EU and the following funding organisations : Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR-21-BIRE-0003), France, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), Netherlands, Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO), Belgium, German Federal Ministry of Research (BMBF) through VDI/VDE-IT, Germany, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Ireland, Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT), Portugal, Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FRCT), Portugal-Azores and State Research Agency (AEI), Spain. Three other entities also contribute to the project : University Center in Svalbard (UNIS), Norway, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), France, University of Bergen (UiB), Norway.