Geospatial mining transparency through Copernicus and MapX

Responsible person : Dr. Elsy Ibrahim

Supervisor: Pr. Eric Pirard

Supporting Partners: UN Environment and GRID-Geneva

Funding : RawMatCop (European Commission DG Grow and EIT RawMaterials)

Project duration: 1 year (2018-2019)

Key words : Copernicus, MapX, mining, image processing, multispectral, Colombia, alluvial


While raw materials are essential for human development, the mining sector faces major social and environmental challenges. A collaboration between Copernicus and MapX, an impartial platform developed by UN Environment and GRID-Geneva, can provide a model for sharing and integrating information for informed analyses and decision making and a better understanding by the public of the status of mining sites and of the whole industry. Thus, CopX contributes to the “social license to operate” for mining activities.

The case study considered for this project is alluvial gold mining in Colombia. The main objectives are

i) to integrate geospatial information obtained from Sentinel-2 with data from other source into the MapX platform, aiming to halt the typical data fragmentation problem

ii) to implement the case study that fully integrates mining-related information achieved through Copernicus data and analysis and data from other.

When incorporated into MapX, this is to generate actionable insights from geospatial data to help stakeholders understand benefits and risks, enhance environmental transparency, manage expectations, and make sound decisions.