Below is the list of Minerals related funded projects as part of the 2015 Short Call.
Spatially constrained Bayesian inversion of frequency- and time-domain airborne electromagnetic data from the Tellus projects. (Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies)
A novel method for interpreting electromagnetic data from the Tellus surveys with 1-D layered subsurface models is developed, implemented in an open-source code, and tested on field data.Using Bayesian techniques and spatial constraints, the approach delivers uncertainty estimates of uncertainty along with preferred conductivity-depth models for each site.
Integrated geological-geophysical model for stratiform Zn-Pb exploration (PGW Europe)
This project aims to provide better insight into the localization of stratabound and fault-controlled Zn-Pb deposits in Ireland. This will be achieved by creating a new regional integrated 3D litho-structural interpretation of geophysical datasets obtained from the Tellus (and related) surveys, as well as 2D section-based models of magnetic, gravity and EM datasets.
Characterisation of mining waste (Aurum Exploration)
Secondary Raw Materials form a significant pillar in the sustainability of Europe's access to both critical and non-critical raw materials. Mine waste has been earmarked as a valuable potential source of such materials. The project will analyse samples of mine waste from sites across Ireland, to assess their economic potential.
The geochemistry of Waterford Copper Coast mineralisation (University College Cork)
This project aims to characterize Waterford copper mineralisation employing cutting-edge field and geochemical analytical methods. The genesis of the copper deposit will be explained and the ore classified following current EU Economic Geology designations. Moreover, the research outcomes will enhance the Copper Coast Geopark initiative.
Mineral prospectivity; analysis utilising publicly available datasets and free & open source software (Aurum Exploration)
This project will show that the availability of quality public datasets allows effective prospectivity analyses, using only free data and free/open source software. By limiting the costs associated with developing targets for mineral exploration, the research will show how free data sources can help stimulate exploration and promote inward investment.
u-TOPS: Microscale toolbox and protocols for sulphides studies (Trinity College Dublin)
This project addresses the general question of resource efficiency in the minerals sector. It aims at developing a chemical and mineralogical toolbox that will help to translate analytical information from the sub-micron and micron-scale to macro and mega-sized samples. This will be achieved by applying statistical models combined with high-end microscopy and surface science analysis.
Geochemical anomaly detection: spatial analysis for improved use of geochemical data (Geological Survey of Northern Ireland)
This project will compare two mathematical methods to detect geochemical anomalies. The first uses singularity theory, based on fractal models of variation. The second uses a robust geostatistical model to identify observations that contrast with background. This will facilitate novel use of Tellus data for mineral exploration and resource assessment.