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.

PACIFIC at the SIT4ME workshop on 10-11 November 2020

Nick Arndt (Sisprobe) successfully delivered a talk on "Passive Seismic Methods for Mineral Exploration and Tailings Dam Monitoring" at the SIT4ME workshop on 10-11 November...

Could noise from drilling be used as a seismic noise source?

Two PACIFIC project partners, Sisprobe and Université Grenoble Alpes, in collaboration with the team of Richard Gloaguen of the INFACT project, started an experiment to test...

Behavioural science meets mineral exploration!

The key goal of the PACIFIC project is to develop mineral exploration methodologies that are kinder to our planet. However, the success of exploration today depends not only on...

Can mining make the world a greener place? Register now!

This is the question asked by the Horizon 2020 research projects PACIFIC and INFACT which co-organise an event with the Natural History Museum of London on 3 and 4 December. The...
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