The use of Earth observation and decision support systems in the restoration of open-cast nickel mines in Evia, central Greece

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We have developed a decision support system (DSS) for open mining areas which reflects and simulates the major decision steps of a mining expert (engineer, manager) during the formulation of a restoration plan. The software supports the mining expert to structure the various restoration alternatives and to explore both environmental and economic effects of the different measures. As key information layers we have included thematic maps derived from Earth observation (EO) data. The LARCO ferro-nickel mining area in Evia (central Greece) has been chosen as test site. EO can be used in the decision process by providing land cover and elevation information about the mine at various stages during its operation.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Geodynamics Institute National Observatory of Athens Lofos Nymfon PO Box 20048 118 10 Athens Greece 2: Faculteit der Aard- en Levenswetenschappen Vrije Universiteit De Boelelaan 1085-1087 1081 HV Amsterdam The Netherlands 3: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Department of Geology 541 24 Thessaloniki Greece 4: Resource Analysis Zuiderstraat 110 2611 SJ Delft The Netherlands 5: LARCO SA Amalias Avenue & 5 souri Athens Greece

Publication date: August 1, 2004

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