Launched in January 2023, S34I is a 30-month European project coordinated by University of Oporto and it will research and innovate new data-driven methods to analyse Earth Observation (EO) data, supporting systematic mineral exploration and continuous monitoring of extraction, closure and post-closure activities with the aim to increase European knowledge and autonomy on raw materials resources. S34I will also support mining’s social acceptance (SLO) and better legislation.
S34I will exploit Copernicus and other satellite sensors (optical and radar), while other platforms as airborne, low altitude platforms, ground-based, in-situ techniques/methods, and fieldwork will serve either for calibration, validation or to complement Copernicus data especially at the very high scale spatial or spectral resolution.
Innovative EO-based products/services will provide new or more accurate RAW MATERIALS mineral mapping/exploration, environmental and mine monitoring and mine safety, at different phases of the mine life cycle.
S34I will provide 6 new open high added value datasets, 14 new methods to analyze EO data using Artificial Intelligence being utilized at different phases of the mining life cycle, 3 new prototyped EO based services for mining stakeholders, 1 research and innovation agenda on EO for mining, a set of recommendations for better policy, and guidelines for EO uptake by the mining industry.