Department of Exploration

The Department of Exploration aims at developing new technologies and workflows for the fast, non-invasive and economic exploration of mineral resources. The following research groups represent the thematic focus of the department:

Research Groups

Foto: Drone, type TholegTHO-R-PX-8/12, version 2 ©Copyright: Dr. Moritz Kirsch

Remote Sensing

Develops methods that indirectly measure and evaluate reflectance, morphology and vegetation on the earth’s surface. The used sensors can be applied from different platforms and distances, such as satellites, airplanes or drones. The main goal is to extract geologically relevant ­para­meters for a fast assessment of natural resources.
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Foto: Field campaign with hyperspectral cameras ©Copyright: Dr. Moritz Kirsch

Outcrop and Subsurface Modelling

Provides integrated acquisition schemes, validation approaches and processing routines for ground- and drone-based multi-sensor remote sensing techniques to support exploration and mining activities. Workflows are being extended to incorporate innovations regarding sensors and machine-learning techniques.
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Foto: Laser Detailbild ©Copyright: HZDR/ Detlev Müller

Near-field Sensing

The group´s focus is on novel, non-invasive exploration methods for single crystal characterization up to drill-core logging by using optical, spectroscopy-based sensors, e.g. laser-induced fluorescence. New or optimized sensors and sensor integration are being developed in collaboration with partners from industry.
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Machine Learning

In the context of exploration the group focuses on the development of fast and automatic approaches that can explore a variety of geological data following innovative methods with the purpose of learning from themselves for the final identification and classification of the relevant mineralogical accumulations.
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