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This short course provides an overview of several commonly used knowledge- (conceptual) and data-driven (empirical) methods for qualitative mineral prospectivity mapping (MPM), and the three-part methodology for quantitative mineral resource assessment (QMRA) of undiscovered mineral resources. The development and integration of these methods are reviewed, including theoretical underpinnings, practical implementation and recently developed software tools. Workflows and best-practices based on case studies in the USA, Finland, Sweden, Greenland and Germany are demonstrated and discussed.

The short course will provide the participants with:

  1. knowledge of the commonly used methods;
  2. an understanding of the basic principles of these methods;
  3. an understanding of how the methods can be applied; and,
  4. an understanding of the possibilities and limitations of the methods.

More importantly, the course will focus on the practical demonstration of the methods by introducing selected software tools and highlighting results that can be acquired by using these tools.


  • Joshua Coyan, United States Geological Survey (USGS)
  • Vesa Nykänen, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
  • Johanna Torppa, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
  • Kalevi Rasilainen, Geological Survey of Finland (GTK)
  • Simon Mose Thaarup, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
  • Andreas Brosig, Beak Consultants GmbH
  • Andreas Knobloch, Beak Consultants GmbH
  • Jens Rönnqvist, Scandinavian GeoPool


The course is targeted for those working in geological surveys, mining and exploration companies, consulting companies, universities, research organisations and environmental organisations. Participants should have a basic understanding of the concepts of GIS (geographic information systems).