Mining and Energy Safety through Remote Sensing


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December 2022

Times TBC

Risk Institute, Liverpool
Brasilia, Brazil
Antofagasta, Chile
Virtual (Zoom)


The purpose is to develop ways to make mining and energy extraction safer, more resilient and economically fair using risk communication and analysis informed by remote sensing


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Heuma is the consortium of University Engineering Faculties in the Antofagasta Region of Chile. It aims at developing a high-calibre cluster for teaching and research in Northern Chile with a focus on sustainable development in arid regions; particularly involving mining, green energy and water conservation. Further information about Heuma can be found at:

Conference Themes

  • Risk analysis for dam safety under sparse, imprecise or partially withheld data
  • Mapping and managing distributed high-consequence risks
  • Disclosure responsibilities for facility owners, operators and regulators
  • Environmental justice and multistakeholder governance in the Global South
  • Quantifying unexpected risks due to fracking (e.g., pollution and induced seismicity)


The format is a distributed workshop where invited and proffering speakers make oral and visual presentations lasting between 20 and 40 minutes, followed by questions and general discussion. The agenda will include both technical lectures and presentations of test cases to facilitate practical review.

The languages of the event are English, Portuguese and Spanish. We are exploring options for translation using live simultaneous translation or automatically translated subtitles.

Speakers and talks

    Javier FluixaDam Safety Engineer
    Adrian MoralesUniversitat Politècnica de València

Challenges of Managing Dam Safety Risks in the Context of Climate Change

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Javier Fluixa is a Civil Engineer and PhD in Hydraulic Engineering with over 10 years of national and international experience in hydrology, dam risk management and climate change adaptation.

Adrián Morales Torres holds a degree as Civil Engineer, a MSc in Hydraulic Engineering and Environment and a PhD in Civil Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV, Spain). He has more than 10 years of experience in the field of dam safety management, working on the application of a risk analysis methodology for dam safety management for more than 60 dams at national and international levels, owned by public and private entities.

    Ottone ScamaccaUniversité de Lorraine

Georesources, Risks and Sustainable Land-Planning Scenarios in Mining Regions: A Framework Tested on Gold Mining in French Guiana

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Ottone Scammacca is a geographer and soil scientist working at the GeoRessources Laboratory, Université de Lorraine. He is currently completing his thesis on the development of a methodology for the assessment of gold mining risks at the territory level for land planning-purposes. His research interests concern as well soil ecosystem services, soil contamination, land reclamation and land-planning.

    Vasilis BellosDemocritus University of Thrace

Dam Break Modelling: Recent Advances and Future Challenges

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Dr Vasilis Bellos is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering of Democritus University of Thrace, in the position related with the integrated water resources management, the design, and the environmental management of hydraulic works. His main research interest is in numerical modelling of water related problems, using mechanistic simulators or data-driven approaches. He has more than 10 years of experience in that field. He has participated in more than 10 research programs as a Principal Investigator or as a research team member and he has written more than 20 articles published in international peer reviewed journals, while he has participated in numerous international conferences, related to water science. He has also contributed in various hydraulic studies and technical reports. His expertness is on Hydrology, Hydraulic Engineering, River Hydraulics, Computational Hydraulics, Hydroinformatics and Flood Modelling. He has developed the FLOW-R2D algorithm for flood simulation in two dimensions and he is a user of several commercial hydrodynamic and hydrological software.

    Zhenhong LiChang'an University

A Multi-Source Remote Sensing Technical Framework for Wide-Area Landslide Detection

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Professor Zhenhong Li is a Professor of Imaging Geodesy, Head of School at the School of Geological Engineering and Geomatics, Chang'an University. His principal research interests include the use of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) and Global Positioning System (GPS) for monitoring changes in the Earth’s surface for geophysical and engineering applications such as earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides and city subsidence. Li specialises in development of advanced space geodesy techniques for precise deformation mapping.

Venue and Dates

This hybrid virtual−physical event via Zoom will be held over multiple dates beginning in December 2022, possibly with ancillary and face-to-face interactions to follow. The physical venues include the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty at the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, The offices of the Brazilian Mining Regulator (AMP) in Brasilia, and the Faculty of Engineering and Construction of the Catholic University of the North in Antofagasta in Chile.

Questions to be Addressed

  • How can risks of extraction operations be estimated from sparse or incomplete data?
  • Can new remote sensing technologies be used to gauge risk of dam failures?
  • What disclosure obligations do mine operators owe worker & resident communities?
  • How do social power dynamics play in allocating risks among stakeholders?
  • What should government regulators require from the regulated industries?
  • How can risks to humans and the environment be integrated?
  • How should regulators communicate risks to the public?
  • What does power or weakness of the public sector imply in the Global South?
  • How should distributed risks from pollution or fracking be managed?
  • What does environmental change imply for safe operations management?