Mining takes place across the globe, often in very remote locations, dispersed amongst countries of differing degrees of wealth. Companies are facing multiple challenges throughout all life cycle stages from the exploration phase to mine closure and aftercare.
Information derived from Earth Observation satellites can provide a continuous flow of information for the monitoring and management of subsidence, geology, biology, ecology, socio-economic development, resource availability and much more. It can also provide data about very remote and inaccessible areas.
The Earth Observation for the mining of Raw Materials (EO4RM) project brings together experts from both the mining and the Earth Observation sector to identify key challenges of the sector and suitable solutions drawing from modern and future Earth Observation capabilities. The objective of the activity is to establish current information needs and best practices for the use of Earth Observation-based products and services. The scope of the activity includes all relevant business processes (“the mining life cycle”), from exploration and impact assessment to exploitation and post-closure, as well as the geoinformation needs of relevant regulatory agencies.
The expected outputs of the project are:
As part of the project, the consortium has engaged an International Industry Board (IIB), who will advise the consortium on the project throughout each stage.