SummaryAirborne geophysics was mentioned by experts as a key innovation in the D 3.2 process (see report).
Airborne Geophysics has been identified as one of the emerging technologies capable of finding potential mineral deposits under cover and at depth. Examples include recent research into Airborne IP (induced polarization) and SQUID (High temperature superconducting quantum interference device) electromagnetic applications as well as the use of drones in geophysical surveying.
No real stand-alone innovations have been made in the last 10-15 years, however developing IT technologies and algorithms have refined certain aspects of Airborne Geophysics and continuously improved the use and applicability in mineral exploration.
Impact on the mining value chain
EXPLORATION (incl. permitting)
safe and fast remote exploration
greater depth exploration
reduced environmental impact
TransferabilityIt was found that, in terms of airborne geophysics, the mining industry can both learn from other industries (e.g. oil and gas) and enable other geoscience sectors to implement workflows and research (e.g. urban geoscience and geophysics - hydrogeology/ contaminated land).
+: Lower land use and thus lower biodiversity impact compared to ground based methods
+: Exploration of so far inaccessible, unexplored areas could lead to the discovery of additional mineral resources
+: Reduced time and costs for exploration