Cluster 1: Resource Assessment

The aim of the Cluster "Resource Assessement" is to ensure that all potential mineral resources (known and implied) within the EU are fully documented and this information is available to the extractive industry. Resource assessment and modelling is being done in the whole EU and in detail in four mineralised belts. Interactive GIS tools will be delivered to define the mineral reserves, which the extractive industries in the EU can exploit to provide raw materials for the manufacturing industries. This work is of fundamental importance for the extractive industry and leads to direct economic benefits with the identification of new reserves and resources, some not currently considered as useful or economic. The Cluster comprises two Work Packages: WP 1 and WP 2.

WP 1: Geological mineral resource potential modelling across Europe (read more)

Pan-EU online GIS for mineral resources.

Evaluation of mineral resources (including new strategic and 'green' commodities such as Ga, Ge, In, Li, Nb, Ti, Ta, PGE and REE).

Evaluation of secondary (industrial) minerals and resources in combination with metalliferous ores.

Evaluation of valuable mining and metallurgical residues.

WP 2: Modelling of mineralised belts(read more)

Development of 4D integrated geomodels visualised in EU-standardized GIS-systems for resource estimation and advanced mineral resources studies;

Predictive 4D geomodel of the top 5 km of the Earth's crust in four mature mineralised belts in 1) Fennoscandian Shield (Skellefte-Pyhäsalmi), 2) Forsudetic belt (Kupfershiefer area) of Poland-Germany, 3) Iberia, both Portugal and Spain, and 4) the Hellenic belt of northern Greece.

To measure the likely environmental and societal impacts of mineral extraction throughout the entire life cycle from discovery to closure.

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