the pacific project

Passive seismic techniques for environmentally friendly and cost efficient mineral exploration

PACIFIC is a research project in the field of mineral exploration. The project aims at developing new exploration techniques that respect the environment and incur relatively low costs.

Launched in June 2018, the project has received a funding of €3.2 million from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. It is set to run for 36 months and is coordinated by Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA).

WHY PACIFIC?

To satisfy the global metals and mineral demand, a new world-class ore deposit must be discovered about every two years. This task is becoming increasingly difficult as easily accessible deposits (close to populated areas and close to the surface) are becoming exhausted.

European industry consumes about 20% of the world’s mineral products but produces only 3% of them.

Many parts of Europe have not been explored for mineral deposits since the last century. In many regions, there is a strong chance of discovering new deposits and expanding the resource base of known ones; but only if modern, innovative technologies are employed.

Mining and mineral exploration is taking place at greater depths and in ever more remote locations. However, mineral exploration techniques have not evolved to meet the challenges that currently faces the mining industry.

In this project, the PACIFIC consortium will conduct fundamental and applied research to develop two radically new and complementary mineral exploration techniques, both based on passive seismic imagery.

These techniques will have the accuracy and resolution needed for the minerals industry while at the same time having a relatively low environmental impact.

PACIFIC - passive seismic techniques for environmentally friendly and cost efficient mineral exploration

MARATHON Deposit in Canada

Test site for the passive reflection seismic method

Kallak IRON mine in Sweden

Test of the multi-array technique

Learn more about the environmental impact of PACIFIC

During the project, the PACIFIC consortium will assess the risks for the environment of technologies and models developed and tested. The results will be presented in regular...

Two Post-Doc positions in PACIFIC H2020

Two Post-Doc positions in PACIFIC: Check the offers below!   "Multi-array passive seismic imaging technique" https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/423032 "Applying geological...

Report on PACIFIC’s workshop in Marathon

The first PACIFIC workshop was held at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay (Ontario, Canada) on 12-13 June 2019, followed by a one-day excursion to the Marathon exploration site...

PACIFIC attendance at international events : check the list!

Since the begining of the project in June 2018, the PACIFIC team has attended and has presented the project at the following international conferences:   24th European...

PACIFIC partners met in Dublin for the annual project meeting

Every year, the PACIFIC partners meet for the General Assembly of the project. After almost one year since project start, PACIFIC partners met at the Dublin Institute for...

Geophones are ‘listening to the Earth’ in Andalusia until the end of April

On 28 and 29 March 2019, at the Las Cruces mine* north of Seville in Andalusia, a seismic network of 132 geophones covering an area of about 1 x 2 km was installed for one month...

INFACT / PACIFIC Joint passive seismic data acquisition

These days the two projects funded by the EU H2020 programme INFACT and PACIFIC are conducting a joint passive seismic data acquisition campaign in Spain. Stay tuned for more...

“Passive Imaging & Monitoring in Wave Physics: From Seismology to Ultrasound” workshop in Cargèse, Corsica

PACIFIC supports the "Passive Imaging & Monitoring in Wave Physics: From Seismology to Ultrasound" workshop that will take place on September 16-20, 2019 in Cargèse (Corsica,...

Field acquisition of seismic data completed at Marathon, Canada

The Stillwater Canada Inc. team has completed the field acquisition of seismic data at the Marathon site in Canada. Out of the 1024 sensors that were successfully deployed, 1019...
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