Sven Knutsson, Professor in Geotechnical Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, will work in this project together with colleagues and PhD students. The project is called RESEM - Remote Sensing Supporting surveillance and operation of mines.
– With advanced new technology, we can improve the planning and monitoring of mines and tailings impoundments. The project also strive to improve the safety and environmental issues by developing method where remote sensing together with land-based data can be used to serve the need of information during the entire life cycle of a mine, Sven Knutsson says.
Metals and minerals from mining are a key resource in the development of our society. Northern areas of Finland, Sweden and Norway are areas with many mineral-rich deposits. New mines are planned and opened. However, with increased mining, the criticism towards mining activities has increased due to some severe accidents mainly related to tailings impoundments and tailings dams. Many of them have had high environmental and economic consequences
The project is an interdisciplinary EU funded collaboration project with partners from Luleå University of Technology, the University of Oulu and Norut Tromsø. Major funding is coming through EU Interreg program. Mining companies are also involved.