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Three important components of modern exploration frameworks for Li, REEs, Cu, Au, Ag and many other critical metals, are the detection of i) metasomatic imprints in the shallow sub-continental mantle, ii) specific lithologies/compositions in the middle and lower crust, and iii) trans- lithospheric structures (i.e. fluid pathways). The first informs about ideal source regions for many magmatic ore deposits in the shallow crust (e.g. epithermal Au); the second identifies ideal sources for more evolved magmas (e.g. REE-bearing pegmatites and/or porphyry Cu deposits); the third defines potential pathways for the melts-fluids.
However, reliable detection of trans-lithospheric systems and the associated compositional heterogeneities in the deep crust and lithospheric mantle remains one of the most challenging tasks in modern geophysics. This project will integrate the four most relevant geophysical datasets for this task (seismic, MT, magnetic and gravity) into a joint probabilistic inversion platform driven by powerful Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithms and state-of- the-art computational techniques with the capacity to detect thermochemical anomalies of interest in the crust and shallow mantle at scales relevant for greenfields/brownfields exploration and mineral system characterization. With additional information from remote-sensing approaches, the outcomes of this project will create a step change in the way we combine geo-information and mineral systems concepts to characterize the Earth's subsurface.
You will develop a conceptual and numerical data-fusion platform to detect relevant compositional anomalies in the crust and lithospheric mantle at scales relevant to greenfields/brownfields exploration frameworks. You will also work on the application and validation of the methodology in selected regions of interest.
You will collaborate closely with researchers at UPC (Spain) and the University of Granada (Spain), as well as with partners Geoscience Australia, Minerals Target International and BHP.Your profile
For more information about the position, you can contact Dr Juan Carlos Afonso (e-mail: [email protected]. You are also invited to visit our homepage.
Please submit your application before 20 November 2023. Your application should include:
1st round interviews will be scheduled for mid/late November 2023. A possible 2nd round interview will be scheduled when/if needed.About the department
The department of Applied Earth Sciences (AES) combines Earth science knowledge with geospatial modelling and sophisticated earth observation, to increase our understanding of Earth systems and their interaction with society in space and time. We combine insights on hazards with information on exposure and vulnerability, to model and monitor risk to human societies, and inform actions to reduce risk and increase resilience in long-term planning, for early warning and disaster response, and in the context of post-disaster recovery and reconstruction.
As we enter the third energy transition in human history, the coming decade will be a defining test for humanity and its capacity to respond to unprecedented global challenges. This MSCA Doctoral Network (EarthSafe) supports the rapid transition to green energy and low-carbon economies in Europe and beyond by creating transformational data-fusion platforms to inform and enhance global exploration frameworks for deep geothermal resources and critical minerals to support green technologies. EarthSafe will achieve this by harnessing i) the complementary strengths and resolutions of multiple satellite and land-acquired geodatasets, ii) a novel combination of Artificial Intelligence, probabilistic inverse theory and state-of-the-art computational modelling and iii) a new social innovation component to support the creation and adoption of socially-responsible and sustainable practices.
EarthSafe's transdisciplinary philosophy will break ground in the way we integrate knowledge from classic scientific disciplines (geoscience, mathematics, engineering, computer science, social science) in Earth and planetary sciences, offering novel multidisciplinary approaches with world changing impact. In doing so, EarthSafe will contribute to the main objectives of the European Green Deal (e.g. no net emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050, no person and no place left behind). Also, by providing cost-efficient technologies that can be applied anywhere in the world to support the transition to cleaner energy and greener technologies, EarthSafe will support Europe in achieving multiple United Nations Developmental Goals in developing countries.About the organisation
The Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) provides international postgraduate education, research and project services in the field of geo-information science and earth observation. Our mission is capacity development, where we apply, share and facilitate the effective use of geo-information and earth observation knowledge and tools for tackling global wicked problems. Our purpose is to enable our many partners around the world to track and trace the impact – and the shifting causes and frontiers – of today's global challenges. Our vision is of a world in which researchers, educators, and students collaborate across disciplinary and geographic divides with governmental and non-governmental organisations, institutes, businesses, and local populations to surmount today's complex global challenges and to contribute to sustainable, fair, and digital societies.Want to know more? Afonso, J.C. (Juan Carlos)
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