Nov 15, 2007

The MINEO Project: Earth Observation of mine pollution in Europe

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The MINEO Project: Earth Observation of mine pollution in Europe
Stuart Marsh, Head of Remote Sensing, British Geological Survey

Europe has a history of mining activity that dates back to prehistoric times. Whole regions are affected by the results of this activity, and also by the more recent industrialised phase of mine development. Increasingly, the key issue being addressed by European geological surveys is how to manage the waste products of mining activity, rather than exploration for new prospects. Can we detect the most important materials, monitor their dispersion and predict how they will affect the environment? Will they affect the local population, or influence the type of industrial activity that can be undertaken safely in the area? There is an increasing need for rapid and cost-effective gathering of data to help decision-making in former and present mining areas.

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