Arctic mineral resources: Environmental impacts and prevention

After the course, the student is able to evaluate environmental effects of natural resources extraction and suggest relevant technologies to prevent environmental effects with special focus on Arctic circumstances. The course will also be offered online from autumn 2015 onwards.


Core Elements:

Environmental Impact Assessments
Environmental sensitivity
Processing waste and wastewater
Emissions (noise, dust, leachate)
Mitigation and response technologies


Environmental impact assessments (EIA); land based mines; ecotoxicology, areas important to wildlife; sulfidic-, cyanide-, and radioactive wastes; geochemical tests; process water treatment; tailings management; dust prevention and management, regulations; closing and recultivation ogf ining sites; off shore production and exploration drilling; operational challenges; oil chemistry; oil spill response and prevention; fate of oil in the sea; oil spill sensitivity; offshore chemicals; environmental monitoring; seismic investigations; underwater acoustics, marine mammals and noise; net environment benefit analysis (NEBA); best available technology (BAT) principles.

Learning objectives

  • A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:
  • Accomplish a small environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the production phase of a land based mine in the Arctic
  • Accomplish a small environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the exploration phase of off shore production in the Arctic
  • Identify and evaluate emissions from natural resource extraction activities
  • Recommend and argument for relevant technologies and procedures to prevent environmental effects
  • Compile knowledge about nature, climate and geography for a specific location i the Arctic and generate an argued list of missing important information
  • Relate anticipated effects of emissions and choice of technologies to knowledge about climate, geology, processing technology, nature and geography
  • Justify choice of technologies based on best available technology (BAT) principles
  • Critically evaluate an environmental impact assessment (EIA) made by others and participate in a hearing process

Course details

Academic level(s)Master
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionArctic DTU
Begin date-
End date-
Registration deadline-
ECTS credits5.0
Field schoolNo
Fields of studyEngineering and engineering trades (others)Mining and extraction
Teaching placeCampus Lyngby; also offered as e-course
Teaching term
Tagsenvironmentnatural resourcesengineering
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