GIS-based monitoring of mining districts in Taiwan

GIS-based monitoring of mining districts in Taiwan


Taipei, Taiwan: The Bureau of Mines computerised facilities to monitor mining districts in Taiwan in a bid to prevent misuse of land and accidents, the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said. Under the monitoring plan, underground mining data are being collected via a computerised GIS and incorporated into a database.

Satellite images of mines taken at different times were examined and compared under the plan and locations where physical changes or accidents had occurred or had a potential to occur are also examined and identified on a regular basis, the bureau said.

Backed by the database, bureau investigators then make field trips to mine sites to conduct on-the-spot investigations, the bureau noted. The efforts will also help the government make better land-use and water- and soil-conservation decisions, the bureau said.