RESEM – REmote SEnsing supporting surveillance and operation of Mines


Metals and minerals from mining are a key resource in the development of our society. Northern areas of Finland, Sweden and Norway have mineral-rich deposits that has lately seen opening of several new mines. However, with increased mining, the criticism towards mining activities has increased due to severe mining accidents with high environmental and economic consequences.

RESEM-project aims to develop new opportunities to use remote sensing data from satellites and unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) in mining safety and environmental monitoring. These remote sensing methods are a fast evolving technique enabling more precise, reliable and cost-efficient data collection. Satellites can be used e.g. to retrieve elevation data and unmanned air vehicles can gather thermal images to better understand the groundwater hydrology of a selected area. The processing of remote sensing data is demanding and for efficient use and development of these methods, experts from several fields are needed.

RESEM comprises of three partners:

  • University of Oulu from Finland
  • Norut (Northern Research Institute) from Tromsø, Norway
  • Technical university of Luleå from Sweden.

The project studies how remote sensing data could be utilized in mining construction, structural modelling or hydrological modelling and how the data could be used e.g. in mine dam monitoring. The project also strive to improve the safety and environmental issues by developing method where remote sensing together with land-based data could be used to serve the need of information during the entire life cycle of a mine.

The project promotes true interdisciplinary collaboration by bringing the experts from different fields regularly together from Norway, Sweden and Finland. The first seminar of the project took place on 2nd of February 2016 in University of Oulu, Finland. More information and the presentations of the seminar.

The second seminar of the project was in Oulu on September 21st 2017. This seminar was a joint seminar with MinNorth-project. Click here for program and presentations.

The project started in 1.8.2015 and the first measurements were conducted in September 2015. Click here for more information on the measurements.

During Summer/Autumn 2016 the measurements were continued. Read here for more information.

The project is funded by Interreg Nord 2014-2020 programme. The project time is from 1.8.2015 to 31.5.2018.

Contact information:

Pekka Rossi
Project leader, Researcher (PhD)
University of Oulu
Water Resources and Environmental Engineering Research Group
Email: pekka.rossi at
Phone: +358 294 48 4395

Last updated: 15.2.2018