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 DEPOSIT in Sweden

Test of the multi-array technique

View the PACIFIC talk at the Toronto Geological Discussion Group

View the presentation delivered on 2nd February 2021 by Dr. Charles D. Beard, Postdoctoral Researcher, Sisprobe SAS and Universite Grenoble Alpes, at the Toronto Geological...

PACIFIC research activities mentioned in Physics Today and Popular Science

The following PACIFIC scientific publications were mentioned in Physics today and Popular Science. Pinzon‐Rincon; F. Lavoué; A. Mordret; P. Boué; F.Brenguier; P.Dales; Y....

PACIFIC live talk at the Toronto Geological Discussion Group on 2nd February (4:00 PM EST / 10:00 PM CET)!

On Tuesday 2nd February (4:00 PM EST / 10:00 PM CET), Charlie Beard, a postdoc at Sisprobe and the Université Grenoble Alpes will be presenting an overview of PACIFIC research at...

Sisprobe won the Eramet Real-time Monitoring Challenge 2020!

Sisprobe is extremely proud and honoured to have won the Eramet-EIT Monitoring Challenge. We look forward to interacting with Eramet to realise the exciting projects we developed...
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