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

SEG 2020 Exhibition and 90th Annual Meeting, 11-16 October 2020, Virtual Event

The Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) is celebrating its 90th year with a revolutionary change in the format of the SEG Annual Meeting: this year its long history of...

EAGE Mineral Exploration Symposium, 17-18 September 2020, Virtual Event

Members of the PACIFIC consortium will give video presentations of their work at the Marathon site the Mineral Exploration Symposium. This virtual event, organized by The...

Studying train-generated ground vibrations for seismic imaging and monitoring

Although train-induced vibrations are mainly regarded as a source of unwanted noise for classical seismological applications, these vibrations act as powerful sources for modern...

Winter school on sustainable mineral exploration (9-12 March 2020, Huelva, Spain)

A winter school on sustainable mineral exploration, organized by two H2020 projects, PACIFIC and INFACT, took place on the beautiful campus of the International University of...

Great Debate at EGU2020

PACIFIC partners, Aoife Braiden (GSI) and Nick Arndt (Sisprobe) are co-chairing a European Geosciences Union Great Debate this Friday at 2pm on mineral resources, sustainability...

PACIFIC at PDAC 2020

Between 1-4 March, PACIFIC participated in the 2020 meeting of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) that was held in Toronto, Canada. A partner of PACIFIC...

PACIFIC project video now available!

Check out PACIFIC video to learn more about the project objectives, partners and test sites in Canada and Sweden!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uUl9Wh86gQ

Winter school on sustainable mineral exploration

Funded by the European Commission and coordinated by the University of Grenoble and the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, PACIFIC and INFACT are studying the social...

PACIFIC first publications available

Check them out on the PUBLICATIONS page!

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...
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