Earth Observation for Monitoring and Observing Environmental and Societal Impacts of Mineral Resources Exploitation (EO-MINERS)

EO-MINERS change of mining footprint through time

Earth Observation for Monitoring and Observing Environmental and Societal Impacts of Mineral Resources Exploitation (EO-MINERS) is an EC FP7 project using earth observation techniques to monitor mineral mining activities from begining to end and monitor its impacts on the environment after closure.

The need to address the sustainable development of the extractive industry and the reduction of its environmental footprint was addressed by several national and international initiatives, both from the private and institutional sectors. As one of these initiatives the EC FP7 project EO-MINERS will use current knowledge and data, along with existing and new earth observation (EO) based methods and tools, to monitor mineral resources exploration and mining from concept to closure.

The overall aim of EO-MINERS is to bring into play EO-based methods and tools to facilitate and improve interaction between the mineral extractive industry and society, in view of its sustainable development, while improving its societal acceptability. EO-MINERS's scientific and technical objectives are:

  • to assess policy requirements at the macro (public) and micro (mining companies) levels and
  • to define environmental, socio-economic, societal and sustainable development criteria and indicators using earth observation

Moreover it will contribute to making available reliable and objective information about affected ecosystems, populations and societies. The methodological developments have been carried out over three demonstration sites to cover the variety of mineral deposits, environmental issues, and legal constraints.

EPOM has been involved in the production of products for the EO-MINERS project. The products include, among others:

  • contour map
  • shaded relief maps
  • slope maps
  • maps of stream/drainage network and watersheds
  • maps showing distribution of iron oxides
  • NDVI and moisture stress index maps

Contact

Contact Colm Jordan for more information.