ImpactMin project was running from January 2010 to December 2012. The current

Work Plan of the Group on Earth Observations stretches from 2012 to 2015. The 10-Year

Implementation Plan of GEO is closing in 2015. The current work plan is made to achieve the "2015 GEOSS Strategic Targets" by the end of the period. GEOSS meant to be user-driven, thus the current activities focus on engaging users especially in developing countries.

The actual GEO work plan has several new or restructured elements compared to the 2009-2011 WP. 26 tasks (2012 - 2015) cover the previous 36 tasks in a new structure where significant steps to achieve the targets need to be taken along three main themes:

  1. Infrastructure
  2. Institution and Development
  3. Information for Societal Benefits

ImpactMin project was a resource provided through the European Commission, along with EO-Miners project, for the task Impact Assessment of Human Activities. The priority actions of the component Impact Monitoring Systems for Geo-Resource Exploration and Exploitation are the followings:

  • Develop new tools for impact monitoring of mining operations using Earth observations
  • Integrate information from in-situ, airborne and satellite observation (through data assimilation) to provide impact diagnostics
  • Identify and implement strategic measures for the competitive, reliable and sustainable management of geo-resources exploitation and treatment of re-usable materials, based on innovative monitoring and accounting methodologies (see also EN-01)
  • Integrate often-sectoral monitoring approaches (and corresponding impact analysis) into a coherent approach, based on innovative Earth observation techniques (related to space-borne, airborne and ground-based sensor systems)

For further information on the very recent developments and evolvement of this task, please contact Stephane Chevrel at the French Geological Survey (