Sustainable mining practices

Sustainable mining practices are of central importance to the long-term health of the industry. Key areas of expertise include:

  • Mine site water, groundwater and seepage barriers;
  • Remote sensing to detect environmental impacts, subsidence and illegal mining; and
  • Climate change adaptation and mining, and carbon management.

Our academics have recently published ground-breaking research on barriers to groundwater flow near mines, and are undertaking an evaluation of geotechnical mechanisms in valley subsidence and closure.



Our current mining engineering researchers are focused on working with industry to solve current mining engineering issues and to mitigate risks. They work collaboratively to find innovative ways to ensure environmental, safe and sustainable practices are incorporated in all aspects of mining. Read more about some of the past and current projects in the field of sustainable mining:

Barriers to groundwater flow near mines

Identifying the barriers to groundwater flow is particularly important in areas where agriculture and mining are vital industries. The School’s novel research into aquitards (just one element of a multi-faceted $30M+ groundwater research program) is concerned with investigating aquitards as natural barriers to groundwater flow and how to use engineering design to construct effective barriers for groundwater flow near mine sites.

Contact: Dr Wendy Timms


Groundwater ARC Success