PACIFIC EXPECTED IMPACT

PACIFIC: WHAT FOR?

The PACIFIC project intends to transfer the fruits of cutting-edge scientific research to industry and to develop new mineral exploration methods.

This will thus enhance the competitiveness of the European mineral exploration industry, contribute to the discovery of new European ore deposits and decrease the dependence of European industry on imported mineral products.

PACIFIC is expected to impact at different levels:

 

Planning with the pilot, Marathon test site.

Helicopter carrying nodes, Marathon test site.

Technical impact

The resolution attained by the traditional passive seismic technique is not sufficient for most mineral exploration.

The PACIFIC project is developing new seismic approaches that have the required performance.

Environmental impact

PACIFIC develops an innovative technology that has the potential to decrease the environmental footprint of mineral exploration.

The passive seismic method to be developed by PACIFIC has two significant advantages over competing techniques:

1) it uses ambient, natural seismic noise and requires no active source;
2) it employs wireless nodes to collect the seismic signals.

Bear in the surroundings of Marathon test site in Canada.

Industrial impact

From an industrial perspective, the PACIFIC technique will have a cost advantage.

A typical conventional seismic survey costs about 300k€, of which a third is for the active source, with additional costs for road construction and related logistics. A comparable passive seismic survey would cost less than a third of this amount.

Economic impact

Europe currently imports almost all the metals it consumes. The total annual cost of these imports is estimated to be about 40 billion €. Only a very small fraction of global expenditure on mineral exploration is invested in Europe.

The successful deployment of PACIFIC could have a significant impact on the economics of mineral exploration.

Dan Hollis, Nick Arndt in discussion with a Hi-Seis geophysicist at the Prospector and Developers Assocation of Canada meeting in Toronto (2018).

Societal impact, risk perception and communication

The results from the public perception surveys will be used to inform how government, industry and academic experts provide information to the public. Understanding how individuals assimilate information and make decisions will improve how we communicate with the public.

This will in turn lead to more informed decisions and greater exclusion of false or misleading information.

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Typical view of the Kallak test site in Sweden

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...

Sisprobe at PDAC 2020

Sisprobe will be at #PDAC2020 in Toronto, booth 217, South Hall. If you're there please go and visit them to hear about the PACIFIC project along with: Latest surface-wave...

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...
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