Spatiotemporal mapping of dust dispersion around mining sites using remote sensing (MinEODust)

Responsible person : Dr. Elsy Ibrahim

Supervisor: Pr. Eric Pirard

Supporting Partners: CSIRO and ERAMET

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

Project duration: 1 year (2017 – 2018)

Key words : Copernicus, iron oxide, mining, image processing, multispectral, hyperspectral


MINeoDUST explored the potential of Copernicus data in mine site monitoring making use of Sentinel 2’s proven potential for mapping iron oxides and its high revisiting time.  In fact, spaceborne remote sensing shows great potential in mining applications . The advantages of using spaceborne acquisitions are large data coverage and the possible temporal repetition of the acquisition. This allows integrated monitoring at a relatively low cost. When considering the use of freely available data, spatial and spectral resolutions have been limiting, yet, Sentinel-2 shows great potential.

Outreach Activities

In the scope of this project, an international short course « Earth observation for the raw materials community » was organized in June 2018. It was also hosted at the University of Liège.

MinEODust was also presented:


Detailed info on the work in the scope of MinEOdust can be found below:

Ibrahim, E., Barnabé, P., Ramanaidou, E. and Pirard, E., 2018. Mapping mineral chemistry of a lateritic outcrop in new Caledonia through generalized regression using Sentinel-2 and field reflectance spectra, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 73:653-665

Ibrahim, E., Buydens, G., Debouny, T., Deprez, R., and Pirard, E. 2018. Assessing the Discrepancy in Open-Source Atmospheric Correction of Sentinel-2 Acquisitions for a Tropical Mining Area in New Caledonia. Proc. SPIE 10773, Sixth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2018), 107730F (6 August 2018); doi: 10.1117/12.2326194