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 presented at a virtual seminar organised by Geological Survey of Canada, Natural Resources Canada

At the invitation of Dr. Andrew Schaeffer (Geological Survey of Canada, Natural Resources Canada), Dr. François Lavoué (UGA) presented the PACIFIC work on the use of seismic...

PACIFIC at the virtual EGU21 on 29th April!

The H2020 PACIFIC and the INFACT projects will co-convene a scientific session at the virtual EGU21 on Thursday 29th April 2021, 15:30-17:00 CEST. This virtual PICO session...

PACIFIC research at the Core Log Seismic Integration Workshop (15th-16th April 2021)

On April 15, 2021 (~14h30 CET), Dr. Charles D. Beard, Postdoctoral Researcher, Sisprobe SAS and Universite Grenoble Alpes, will deliver a presentation on ambient noise surface...

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...
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