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Aerial Mapping – Radioactive Contamination in Central Asia

  • Health and safety
  • Land-use planning
  • Permitting processes / policy integration
  • Reporting official statistics
  • Socio-economic and environmental impact assessments

Challenge the practice is addressing: This practice addresses the problems with uncontrolled radioactive contamination at former uranium sites due to natural hazards such as floodings or landslides. This practice is important as the contaminated water can cause severe problems for the surrounding regions.

Concrete practice to achieve the expected goal: The project aims to ultimately develop a drone-based exploration method which benefits from the airborne system and has significantly reduced operational costs. Spatial exploration of former uranium mining sites is carried out to measure the contamination of gamma spectrometers. So far this has been done by foot but because some areas are difficult to access, a drone-based exploration will be helpful.

Expected impact/goal of the practice: The expected impact of the practice to reduce the uncontrolled radioactive contamination which are caused by natural hazards with using efficient exploration methods as part of the rehabilitation of radioactively contaminated sites. These methods should help reduce the environmental impact and keep the surrounding regions safe.

Who is the target user group of the practice/intervention or implementing the practice/intervention? This practice is relevant for both industry and public policy contexts.

DUB-GEM Aerial Mapping – Radioactive Contamination in Central Asia
Data item type
Knowledge base
Practice type
Public policy
Report / document
Learning relevance
Case study
Unspecified (universally applicable)
Extractive life-cycle
Post-exploitation phase (i.e. rehabilitation)
Sustainability scope
Planning beyond the mine life
Land-use and biodiversity