Three post-doctoral and two placement research projects have been selected in the RawMatCop 2018-2020 Programme second call for projects!

Five EIT RawMaterials partners have been selected to execute 12-month research projects where they will develop innovative new skills, expertise and applications of Copernicus data and services for the raw materials sector.

The awarded research projects are:

  • Characterisation of bauxite residuals in abandoned sites for contamination monitoring and raw material recovery using Copernicus data. Partner: University of Bologna.
  • From blasting to tailings: integration of remote sensing and in-situ data for monitoring material streams in mining environments. Partner: Helmholtz Institute Freiberg.
  • Early-Warning to the Impacts of Alluvial Miningon Sensitive Areas Using Earth Observation (EO-ALLert). Partner: University of Liège.
  • InTarsis II, using Sentinel-1 to improve mining monitoring capacities in Andalucia, Spain. Partner: CSIC in collaboration with mining industry association Aminer Group.
  • Development of showcase examples, tools and courses for promoting Copernicus data. Partner: Luleå University of Technology in collaboration with HeadMining and Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland.

RawMatCop building skills and Earth observation related expertise through Copernicus

The RawMatCop 2018-2020 Programme aims to develop skills, expertise and applications of Copernicus data to the raw materials sector. It is funded in major part by a series of grants from the European Commission (DG GROW) with a contribution from EIT RawMaterials. Copernicus, the European Union’s Earth Observation Programme, offers information services based on satellite Earth Observation and in situ (non-space) data free of charge.

Earth observation data (made available by Copernicus) represents a real asset for the sustainable mining life cycle: exploration; extraction; closure and post-closure. The economic, social and environmental sustainability of the extractive industries can strongly benefit from services and products based on satellite data.

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