The ImpactMin project, funded by the EU 7th Framework Programme, aims at developing integrated remote sensing tools for the monitoring of environmental impact related to mining activities. In this study we present results of field sampling, infrared spectroscopy of soils and vegetation, aerial photography with unmanned aircraft and spectral analysis of Worldview-2, GeoEye, Landsat and Spot-Vegetation for two study areas, the Karabash Copper smelter in the South Urals, and the Rosia Montana gold deposit in Romania. These data are used to map systematic changes in soils and vegetation as a function of time and distance to the centres of mining activity.


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