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Projects in development

Help us close knowledge gaps and meet industry, community and government needs by shaping our next tranche of research. Connect with our Program Leaders or directly with a project leader to express your interest.

These project ideas are in the early stages, and as conceptual projects, we invite industry, government, and regional stakeholders to participate actively in shaping their development.

Project proposals in development:

  • Spectral and structural library for vegetation monitoring and closure management planning
    Program:
    Data Integration, Forecasting and Scale
    Proponents: University of Queensland, Rio Tinto & DCCEEW
    Project Leader: Professor Peter Erskine
    Focusing on advancing remote sensing technologies for rehabilitation monitoring, this project aims to create a centralized repository for hyperspectral and structural data. The project includes auditing the potential of these technologies, developing standardized protocols, and providing guidance to stakeholders. By enhancing data collection and analysis methods, the project supports effective rehabilitation monitoring and closure planning.
  • A systematic approach to Regional Cumulative Effects Assessment (RCEA) (Stage 2)
    Program:
    Data Integration, Forecasting and Scale
    Proponents: Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute, Murdoch University
    Project Leaders: Dr Renee Young, Dr Jenny Pope
    Regional economic transitions, especially post-mine closures, involve cumulative effects that span environmental, social, economic, and cultural aspects. Currently, there is a lack of tools and governance structures to predict and manage these impacts at a regional scale. This presents challenges in handling legacy risks for safe site relinquishment and shaping positive, economically diverse futures for mining regions and communities. Successful transitions require collaboration with diverse stakeholders, including Traditional Owners, addressing both legacy issues and forward-looking development.

Concepts under exploration

  • Alternative usages of mined lands for new energy applications
    Program: Data Integration, Forecasting and Scale
    Proponents:
    Federation University Australia & Curtin University
    Project Leader: Professor Syed Islam
    This project explores the feasibility of repurposing active and abandoned mines for renewable energy production and storage. The initial phase includes a comprehensive literature review, a global study of renewable energy projects, and an engagement workshop to identify opportunities and barriers in Australia. Essential data requirements for analyzing renewable energy feasibility at mines will be proposed, setting the stage for innovative energy solutions.
  • Environmental genomics for life-of-mine biomonitoring and biodiversity assessments
    Program: Data Integration, Forecasting and Scale
    Proponents: Curtin University, DCCEEW, & Illumina
    Project Leader: Dr Jason Kirby
    This project pioneers the use of environmental genomics for biomonitoring and biodiversity assessments at mine sites. Through partner workshops and conversations, the project assesses the utility of genomic tools, identifies best practices, and determines key enablers and barriers. The subsequent phase involves developing case studies and guidance for the mining industry, fostering the adoption of genomic data to manage biodiversity risks effectively.
  • Tyre sustainability or environmental risk
    Program: Data Integration, Forecasting and Scale
    Proponent: CSIRO
    Project Leader: Dr Prashant Srivastava
    Focusing on tire sustainability and environmental risk, this project investigates the leachability of organic chemicals from active and disposed tires at mine sites. Through a comprehensive assessment of leachability behaviour, examination of chemical behaviour in soils, and the development of predictive tools, the project aims to provide valuable insights for informed management decisions, including storage and re-purposing of tires.
  • Accounting for the physical impacts of climate change in mine closure
    Program:
    Operational Solutions
  • Australian Water Atlas for Resource Extraction (AWARE)
    Program:
    Operational Solutions
  • Developing a circular economy throughout the mine life cycle, an Australian atlas
    Program:
    Operational Solutions
  • Native seed procurement training for mining companies
    Program:
    Operational Solutions
  • Residual risk trade-offs and transfer models
    Program: Risk, Evaluation and Planning
    Project Leader: Associate Professor Bryan Maybee
    An integral part of mine closure is that the process allows tenements to be transferred to a subsequent land holder (government or other) with clear identification of the remaining liability in the community/region when the land transfer is complete. This liability will have different consequences due to the unique nature of mining. Liability remaining in communities will depend on commodities mined, the environment in which the mining took place, the prevailing economic situation and the proximity of the operation to local communities and groups. The ways that risks are calculated using existing methods and discount rates lead to incomplete assessment of residual risk. To compound the complexity, there is not currently a uniform process across jurisdictions for identifying how to measure residual risk.

Information sessions for some of the concepts in development will be held around February 2024. Contact us to express your interest.

 

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