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Assessing and MonitoriNg the environmental Impact of mining activities in Europe using advanced Earth Observation techniques

Objective

The project MINEO aims at developing Earth Observation (EO) based methods and tools for assessing and updating environmental status and impact in European mining areas. Furthermore it will develop their integration into Geographic Information Systems tools and models for further use in the environmental management decision-aiding process.

Objectives:
To exploit advanced Earth Observation methods (Hyper-spectral imaging) in order to provide EC end users (industry, decision-makers) with new and regularly updated thematic layers for environmental databases relating to mining areas and to develop operational tools for preparing and updating these layers;
To develop tools and methods to exploit this hyper-spectral data and facilitate its use in sustainable information systems that locate and monitor environmental risks relating to mining sites and aid the decision processes. Such tools will give a sound basis for effective environmental management through dialogue between industrialists and decision-makers, ensuring a sustainable development of the mineral industry, which faces increasing environmental pressure and regulatory controls;
To integrate the above tools into Geographic Information Systems applications and models for further use in the environmental management decision-aiding process.

Milestones:
MSynopsis of the socio-economic situation in mining environments in Europe;
Development of spectral libraries (hyperspectral images), dedicated image processing and GIS pollution-transfer models for diverse European environments;
Generic image-processing and GIS methods and tools for pollution detection and monitoring;
Concept of data dissemination and standardisation.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
Address
39-43 Quai Andre Citroen Tour Mirabeau
75015 Paris
France

Participants (10)

BUNDESANSTALT FUER GEOWISSENSCHAFTEN UND ROHSTOFFE
Germany
Address
Stilleweg 2
30655 Hannover
DANMARKS MILJOEUNDERSOEGELSER
Denmark
Address
Frederiksborgvej 399
4000 Roskilde
DANMARKS OG GROENLANDS GEOLOGISKE UNDERSOEGELSE
Denmark
Address
Thoravej 8
2400 Copenhagen
DEUTSCHE STEINKOHLE AG
Germany
Address
Shamrockring 1
Herne
EUROPEAN COMMISSION - JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE
Italy
Address
Via Fermi 1
21020 Ispra
GEOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS
Finland
Address
Betonimiehenkuja 4
02151 Espoo
GEOLOGISCHE BUNDESANSTALT
Austria
Address
Rasumofskygasse 23
1031 Wien
INSTITUTO GEOLOGICO E MINEIRO
Portugal
Address
Estrada Da Portela - Zambujal
2720 Alfragide
MONDO MINERALS OY
Finland
Address
Kasarmikatu 22
00130 Helsinki
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
Address
Polaris House - North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon