Mining and Energy Safety through Remote Sensing

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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:

19th December 2022

Virtual Seminar

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19th December 2022 - Virtual Seminar
09:00 - 10:00 GMT Challenges of Managing Dam Safety Risks in the Context of Climate Change Javier Fluixa & Adrian Morales
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16th January 2023

Virtual Seminar

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16th January 2023 - Virtual Seminar
12:00 - 13:00 GMT Georesources, Risks and Sustainable Land-Planning Scenarios in Mining Regions: a Framework Tested on Gold Mining in French Guiana Ottone Scammacca
13:30 - 14:30 GMT Dam Break Modelling: Recent Advances and Future Challenges Vasilis Bellos
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09th February 2023


In Person Seminars
University of Liverpool
Crush Hall
School of Engineering
L69 3GQ

09th February 2023 - In Person Seminars
09:00 - 09:15 GMT Introduction Scott Ferson
09:15 - 10:15 GMT Keeping High Asymmetry of Information: Strategic Use of Institutional Voids and its Consequences for Environmental and Stakeholder Governance Carmen Pires Migueles
10:15 - 10:30 GMT Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:30 GMT Mapping and Managing Ground Hazard Risk using Remote Sensing Thomas Oommen
11:30 - 12:30 GMT Deep Seabed Mining: Risk, Benefit and Environmental Justice Rozemarijn Roland Holst
12:30 - 13:30 GMT Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 GMT                Structural Risk Assessment and Mitigation: a Review of Recent Projects Fernando Cerda          
14:30 - 15:30 GMT                Remote Sensing and Modelling Tools for Dam Safety Management: How Satelite Data Can Save Lives Craig Goff & Tim Hirst          
15:30 - 16:00 GMT                Virtual Talk: Just Transitions and Climate Change Impact Assessment Adebayo Majekolagbe          
16:00 - 16:05 GMT End of Day Recap & Announcements Scott Ferson
19:00 - 21:00 GMT Dinner

10th February 2023


In Person Symposium
University of Liverpool
Crush Hall
School of Engineering
L69 3GQ

10th February 2023 - In Person Symposium
09:00 - 09:30 GMT Introduction (Recap) Scott Ferson
09:30 - 10:15 GMT Panel Discussion 1 - Risks and Remote Sensing
10:20 - 11:00 GMT Roundtable Discussion 1 - Safety in Mining & Energy Extraction
11:00 - 11:15 GMT Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:00 GMT Mapping Impacts and Vulnerability with Particle-Based Flood Modelling Callum Moseley
12:00 - 13:00 GMT Lunch
13:00 - 13:40 GMT Panel Discussion 2 - Impacts on People and Stakeholders
13:45 - 14:20 GMT Roundtable Discussion 2 - Regulation and Communication
14:25 - 15:55 GMT Networking & Wine
15:55 - 16:00 GMT Closing Remarks Scott Ferson

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.

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?