DAMSAT: An Eye in the Sky for Monitoring Tailings Dams

Lumbroso, D. and Roca, M. and Petkovsek, G. and Davison, M. and Liu, Y. and Goff, C. and Wetton, M. (2021) DAMSAT: An Eye in the Sky for Monitoring Tailings Dams. Mine Water and the Environment, 40. pp. 113-127.


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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10230-020-00727-1


During the past decade, there have been a number of catastrophic tailings dam failures. Affordable monitoring systems, as well as methods to assess the risk posed to communities living downstream of these structures, are needed. In recent years the availability and accuracy of remote sensing information has increased, whilst its cost has decreased. This paper provides an overview of DAMSAT, a web-based system that brings together Earth observation and other data to help governments and mining companies monitor tailing dams, and estimate the downstream risks they pose. The methods developed are being piloted in Peru at a number of tailings dams, with the overall goal of improving the decision making process and sharing of information with respect to managing these structures. Engagement with Peruvian stakeholders has shown that DAMSAT provides tools that can help government authorities both reduce the risks and increase the sustainability of mining.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Earth observation > General
Floods > General
Divisions: Floods
Depositing User: Helen Stevenson
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2020 14:16
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 09:58
URI: http://eprints.hrwallingford.com/id/eprint/1438

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