The potential to reduce the risks posed by tailings dams using satellite-based information

Our latest article “The potential to reduce the risks posed by tailings dams using satellite-based information” published in the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction is available as a free download until 20 August 2019 directly from the Publishers’ website Elsevier.

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Bibliographic details
Darren Lumbroso, Caitlin McElroy, Craig Goff, Marta Roca Collell, Gregor Petkovsek, Mark Wetton, The potential to reduce the risks posed by tailings dams using satellite-based information, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Volume 38, 2019, 101209, ISSN 2212-4209, (

At the 2019 ICOLD Annual meeting

Our Project Director Craig Goff attended the ICOLD 2019 Annual meeting in Ottawa, Canada in early June.

Craig Goff at ICOLD

He presented the DAMSAT project and participated as a speaker in the Tailings Dams Committee Workshop.

The annual meeting was an excellent opportunity to present DAMSAT to an international audience and to exchange ideas about the project and the challenges faced by the managers when operating and monitoring tailings dams.

Spreading the word in Peru and Bolivia

Dr Marta Roca from HR Wallingford presented an overview of the project at CONEIC 2018, the national congress of civil engineering students that took place in August at Cusco, Peru. She also provided training on Earth Observations Techniques and presented an overview of the project in Bolivia at a module of the Master of Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering organised by the Technical University of Oruro in both Oruro and La Paz sites. Oruro, the fifth largest city in Bolivia and in the Altiplano, at 3,700 m above sea level, is the capital of the Oruro department, which is heavily dependent on the mining industry (tin, copper, silver and gold among others).

Presentation of the project at CONEIC 2018

Mining site near Oruro

Uru Uru lake at the outskirts of Oruro, part of the largest Titicaca Lake basin system

Team partners meet up

A general meeting with team members and representatives of UKSA took place at HR Wallingford on 22nd of August. The meeting was very useful facilitating the exchange of experiences and visions of all participants.

General meeting at HR Wallingford

Before and after the general meeting, the Peruvian parties also visited some of the facilities of the UK partners to know more about their different capabilities. In Telespazio they were greeted by

Chaz Dixon, Remon Annes and Alex Farman and they also visited UKSA and Satellite Applications Catapult at Harwell Campus.

At Telespazio


At Satellite Applications Catapult