What SMI-CWiMI Does

The water related challenges that the mining and gas industries face span operational, social and environmental considerations. SMI-CWiMI’s research falls within four themes to address these considerations.

 

Water Management

SMI-CWiMI has pioneered approaches that promote efficiency, transparency, reduced costs, and lower risks for mine water management. SMI-CWiMI promotes sustainable water management to help the minerals industry secure enough water for production and operate in appropriate locations, whilst minimising negative environmental impacts and maintaining a social licence to operate.

Hydrology and Hydrogeology

SMI-CWiMI is helping the mining and gas industries effectively manage their water interactions. SMI-CWiMI’s goal is to accurately quantify and advise on surface and subsurface hydrological risks that can affect mine and gas operations.

Hydrochemistry and Aquatic Ecology

SMI-CWiMI is helping the mining and gas industries achieve effective management of water and protection of freshwater ecosystems. SMI-CWiMI’s goal is to understand water quantity and quality interactions in surface and ground water systems to promote ecologically sustainable development and to provide expert advice on catchment water management.

Society and Water

Water is society’s most precious resource. It is vital for human existence and often has a social value that is difficult to measure. SMI-CWiMI, working with SMI’s Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, creates the capability for the mining and gas industries to incorporate social considerations into its water management practices.

Conference Papers

McIntyre, N., Figueroa San Martin, E., Keir, G., Ossa Moreno, J., Smart, J. (2016). Economic value of water in regions with competing mining and agricultural demands. Proc. of "New technologies for water management", International Congress of CHRIAM-INOVAGRI, Concepcion, Chile, 24-26 October, 2016.

McIntyre, N., McKenna, P., Bulovic, N., Lechner, A., Cane, I. (2016). Water management challenges of rapidly developing mining economies: A case study of Mongolia. Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on Water Management in Mining. Santiago, 18-20 May 2016, Gecamin, Chile.

Correa, R., Keir, G., McIntyre, N. (2016). Climate Resilient Water Supply Options for a Central Chilean Copper Mine. Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on Water Management in Mining. Santiago, 18-20 May 2016, Gecamin, Chile.

Ringwood, K., Douglas, B., Cote, C., Harold, M., McIntyre, N., Butcher, M. (2016). Water stewardship – a practical handbook for operations. Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on Water Management in Mining. Santiago, 18-20 May 2016, Gecamin, Chile.

Wiertz, J. and McIntyre, N. (Eds) (2016). Water in Mining. Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on Water Management in Mining. Santiago, 18-20 May 2016, Gecamin, Chile.

Halwaturaa, D., Lechner, AM., McIntyre, N., Arnold, S. (2016). Uncertainties in estimating design droughts. International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs), 8th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software, Toulouse, France, Sabine Sauvage, José-Miguel Sánchez-Pérez, Andrea Rizzoli (Eds.). http://www.iemss.org/society/index.php/iemss-2016-proceedings

Journal Articles

Adiansyah, J., Rosano, M., Vink, S., Keir, G., & Stokes, J. (2016) Synergising water and energy requirements to improve sustainability performance in mine tailings management. Journal of Cleaner Production, 133: 5-17.

Almeida, S., Le Vine, N., McIntyre, N., Wagener, T. & Buytaert, W. (2016) Accounting for dependencies in regionalized signatures for predictions in ungauged catchments. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 20(2): 887-901.

Bustamante, N., Danoucaras, N., McIntyre, N., Diaz-Martinez, J. & Restrepo-Baena, O. (2016) Review of improving the water management for the informal gold mining in Colombia. Revista Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Antioquia, 79: 174-184.

Le Vine, N., Butler, A., McIntyre, N. & Jackson, C. (2016) Diagnosing hydrological limitations of a land surface model: application of JULES to a deep-groundwater chalk basin. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 20(1): 143-159.

Mathias, S., McIntyre, N. & Oughton, R. (2016) A study of non-linearity in rainfall-runoff response using 120 UK catchments. Journal of Hydrology, 540: 423-436.

Visessri, S. & McIntyre, N. (2016) Uncertainty in flow time-series predictions in a tropical monsoon-dominated catchment in Northern Thailand. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 21(10).

Wei, T., Peng, Y. & Vink, S. (2016) The joint action of saline water and flotation reagents in stabilizing froth in coal flotation. International Journal of Mineral Processing, 148: 15-22.