Cornish Lithium Earth Observation & Space Data

Cornish Lithium

Cornish Lithium use Earth Observation (“EO”) and space data extensively for our mineral exploration efforts to find lithium deposits in Cornwall.

Remote datasets have been used since the company’s inception in 2016 to help identify target sites for both geothermal waters and within hard rock deposits.

The company has engaged with various datasets including multispectral, hyperspectral and InSAR data at a range of scales. These are manipulated to better understand geological phenomena such as mineral distributions and structural lineaments which have subsequently guided follow-up ground sampling campaigns. Most recently, this was conducted as part of the NSIP-funded Satellite 4 Battery Metals project in 2020-21. These projects do not detect lithium directly but help us build up a picture of the surface environment and can be included in further analysis of subsurface datasets to enhance our geological understanding.

However, EO data is also used to inform our environmental considerations. These are incredibly important to Cornish Lithium as we aim to mine in a responsible manner. To do that, we need to understand environmental baselines and have worked on projects that have developed new Land Cover Classifications (“LCC”) to aid with measuring environmental baselines in the county. We consider land-use as part of our exploration programme and chose to site and drill part of our United Downs project on a brownfield industrial site. In future, we will look to use EO data to monitor our operations within both an environmental and logistical framework as we aim to minimise our impact on the environment.

EO data are a pivotal technology not only in Cornwall but throughout the UK to provide information in sectors such as mining, city planning, farming and environmental recovery among many others. This data gives a unique perspective on the globe that is not possible to access from ground-based surveys.

The advancement of satellites, and the instruments that the satellites can host, means that there is constant innovation within the sector. For the UK, this means that higher resolution surveys, with more spectral bands, can be tasked to provide a fuller picture of the ever-changing surface of the world.

Without EO data, Cornish Lithium would not be at the stage it is at today and we look forward to the future innovations that will further industries across the UK.

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