Mine Site Ecological Index
Achieve a baseline state for mine restorations
vegetation change monitoring in a single index
performance tracking across multiple mine sites
twenty three years of accessible data for robust baselining of new sites
Mine restoration and rehabilitation
Monitor ecological succession at any mine site
Reduce environmental monitoring costs for mine restoration using remote sensing with the Descartes Labs Mine Site Ecological Index. Using this index, a Mine Site Restoration Manager or Sustainability Officer can track the restoration performance of individual mines or many mines at a distance. This information can also be used to inform key stakeholders, such as regulatory agencies, when applying for new mine permits as a demonstration of past restoration performance.
The Mine Site Ecological Index is a combination of ecological indicators and derived measurements we've identified and collected from various earth observation systems that record the mine site over time. By applying the index to both the restoration site and the baseline site for comparison, Mine Restoration Managers can measure how close the restoration is to achieving a “pristine state”, defined as the baseline state.
Changes in biomass over a mine site from 2007–2019.
Who we serve
Progress towards sustainability, KPIs, and meeting stakeholder expectations
Providing value for Mine Sustainability Officers, Government Mine Permitting Officers, and Mine Equity Ratings Analysts.
Mining Sustainability Officer
The index can identify problematic areas within the restoration project and allow Mining Sustainability Officers to focus their on-site visits more accordingly, thereby potentially saving thousands of dollars in on-site time reduction. Record of the Mine Site Ecological Index data for existing mines can also be used as evidence of positive past performance when applying for new mine site approval.
Government Mine Permitting Officer
Governmental officials can monitor many mines over a broad area to ensure that critical milestones are being met for existing mines under their purview. This service can extend the reach of governmental oversight by reducing spending from travel costs. Historical data can also be used to assess specific operators that are underperforming and allows permitting officers to include mitigations within the permitting plan.
Mine Equity Ratings Analyst
Equity ratings agencies and firms can differentiate themselves by providing insights on the natural capital risk caused by assets owned by the firms they rate. Both scalable and cost-effective, our tools work in conjunction with a corporation's existing ratings packages to allow the creation of differentiated mining company natural capital ratings.
Facilitating the recovery of ecological environments
Fuse the world’s best data and analytics to monitor mine closure and rehabilitation and meet the expectations of key stakeholders.
Analysis of mine site using the Descartes Labs Mine Site Restoration Index.
Mine Site Ecological Index Time Series
Mine Site Ecological Index users can select a time range and a location to generate a historical record of the index compared to a baseline location. This data can be used in plotting tools to demonstrate mine progress towards restoration.
Mine Site Ecological Index Raster Data
Visualized progress across the mine site spatially can be downloaded as a raster data set for each year. This data can then be plotted in mapping tools to see how the restoration activity is performing across different portions of the mine for each year.
Mine Site Ecological Index Model Inputs
To assess what is driving the index performance, good or bad, users can see the time series data associated with the various inputs that the model utilizes for each site. This information can then drive prescriptive action in certain locations to improve restoration performance.
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