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Novel Electromagnetic (EM) Survey System on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for mineral exploration

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

Challenge the practice is addressing: To allow for eco-friendly, non-invasive geophysical surveys, specifically surveys that have a lower carbon footprint compared with any other existing mineral exploration technologies.

Concrete practice to achieve the expected goal: The sensor-based Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology allows for a comprehensive image of a potential deposit area thus eliminating more traditional invasive exploration methods.

Expected impact/goal of the practice: Especially during the summer months when the UAV can run on solar energy, it offers a minimal carbon footprint and is much cheaper than traditional exploration technologies.

Who is the target user group of the practice/intervention or implementing the practice/intervention? Industry

D5.5 A Practical Toolkit addressed to Mineral Exploration and Mining Companies (p- 19-20)
Data item type
Practice base
Practice type
Report / document
Learning relevance
Guidelines / guidance document
Metalliferous minerals
Extractive life-cycle
Sustainability scope
Role and indicators for an inclusive Green Economy
Carbon neutrality
Efficient energy consumption
Air emissions
System change potential
reduction of impact on land and environment