ABOUT THE PACIFIC PROJECT

PACIFIC will develop new tools for exploration of mineral deposits beneath the surface.
These tools rely on two techniques that have relatively low cost and have a minor impact on the environment.

Data collection at Marathon test site, Canada.

Nodes deployment plan at Marathon test site, Canada.

These techniques are based on surface-wave passive or ambient-noise seismic imagery.

This technology is finding increasing application in the mineral industry, but it lacks the resolution needed to locate and directly image ore bodies. What is needed are techniques with the accuracy and resolution required by the minerals industry and at the same time that have a relatively low environmental impact.

PACIFIC will develop these techniques and validate them at test sites in Canada and Sweden. A specific objective is to reduce the amount of drilling, which is by far the most expensive and time-consuming step of the mineral exploration process.

Research on social acceptance and public perception of mining activities will accompany the deployment and testing of the techniques. PACIFIC aims to promote the technology to become a standard in the mineral exploration process.

Passive seismic imagery techniques for mineral exploration are being tested at mineral sites in Canada and Sweden.

Canada test site, Marathon deposit

Sweden test site, Kallak Iron Ore Deposit

Node retrieval after

the test at the Marathon site, Canada

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...

Post-Doc position open in PACIFIC H2020 project

Post-Doc position open in PACIFIC: Check the offer below!   "Multi-array passive seismic imaging technique" https://euraxess.ec.europa.eu/jobs/423032Université Grenoble...

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...
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