A global-scale data set of mining areas

Maus V ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7385-4723, Giljum S, Gutschlhofer J, da Silva DM, Probst M, Gass SLB, Luckeneder S, Lieber M, et al. (2020). A global-scale data set of mining areas. Scientific Data 7 (1) DOI:10.1038/s41597-020-00624-w.

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Project: Spatially explicit material footprints: fine-scale assessment of Europe’s global environmental and social impacts (FINEPRINT, H2020 725525)

Abstract

The area used for mineral extraction is a key indicator for understanding and mitigating the environmental impacts caused by the extractive sector. To date, worldwide data products on mineral extraction do not report the area used by mining activities. In this paper, we contribute to filling this gap by presenting a new data set of mining extents derived by visual interpretation of satellite images. We delineated mining areas within a 10 km buffer from the approximate geographical coordinates of more than six thousand active mining sites across the globe. The result is a global-scale data set consisting of 21,060 polygons that add up to 57,277 km2. The polygons cover all mining above-ground features that could be identified from the satellite images, including open cuts, tailings dams, waste rock dumps, water ponds, and processing infrastructure. The data set is available for download from https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.910894 and visualization at www.fineprint.global/viewer.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2020 14:25
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2020 14:25
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/16701

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