Project duration: 1 April 2017 – 30 September 2020


Currently, there is a lack of a detailed operational methodology that comprises the management of environmental risks related to tailing operations, containing specific guidance on the appropriate approaches, tools and techniques with due consideration to economic issues, and the way they should be used. This is true both at European level but also internationally.

The solution (technology)

The proposed integrated methodology in STINGS aims towards the development of measurement components based on the latest, innovative technology and high-performance monitoring methods and has important differences with the previous tools of environmental risk management in this field. It will provide specific guidance on the issues that need to be considered when assessing the environmental impacts from tailing operations, accounting for different operational and environmental settings found across the world and specifically for the test cases. STINGS will identify the physical and chemical processes that affect environmental risks and establish integrated modelling and monitoring methods that should be implemented in order to make reliable environmental impact predictions. It will also establish an integrated risk assessment methodology considering the uncertainty inherent in the data collection and the limitations and assumptions inherent in environmental impact prediction tools.


  • DMT GmbH & Co. KG, Germany (Lead Partner)
  • E F T A S Fernerkundung Technologietransfer GmbH (EFTAS), Germany
  • Geological Survey of Slovenia, GeoZS, Slovenia
  • LTU Business AB, Sweden
  • Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania
  • Stuttgart University – Institut für Photogrammetrie, Germany
  • Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg (TUBAF), Germany
  • Universidad Pontificia Católica de Valparaiso, Chile

For more information, please visit the project website.