Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center
Mineral environmental assessments require the understanding of how the physical factors: topography, hydrology, climate, geology, and biology influence water quality signatures, from the subbasin to watershed scale. In areas where new mining is planned, it is useful to compile, integrate, and analyze all avalialble data using GIS to delineate the types of environmenal responses that might be expected from various mineral deposit model types. Historical mining in areas where new minng is planned complicates sorting out the environmental impacts due solely to weathering of bedrocks. This task will evaluate various GIS tools that could be useful in quantifying/analyzing morphometric parameters, and digital scientific datasets to help aid in understanding the environmental responses in mined and unmined areas.
The objectives of this task included determining what GIS tools, analysis methods and scientific datasets are critical to understanding the environmental response of mineral deposits. Communication with the Mineral Assessment Project was important as some of the analysis done as part of the Mineral Environmental Assessment was applicable to Mineral Resources Assessment research.
Task is no longer active.
|Mineral Resources Program||National Minerals Information / Geology, Minerals, Energy and Geophysics|
|Alaska / Crustal Geophysics and Geochemistry / Central Mineral and Environmental Resources / Spatial Data|