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EU Technical Assistance TURKEY Project – risk-based inventory for the Mine Waste Directive

Gyozo Jordan: PROJECT LEADER, Hungary

Technical Assistance for Mining Waste Management Project in Turkey is a 24 months project (April 2012- April 2014) co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey.The Beneficiary of the project is the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization (MoEU) and the co-beneficiary is the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (MTA and MIGEM). In the scope of this project, preparation methodology for risk-based inventory of closed and abandoned mining waste facilities, data collection about mining sites and waste facilities, site visits to the mining waste facilities, study visits to mining waste facilities in the EU countries, prediction of AMD, including a needs assessment and set-up, training of staff about tests and methods used for prediction of AMD, classification of waste facilities, preparation of rehabilitation plan for two mining waste facilities as an example, trainings for the staff and workshops with mining sector and other related intuitions will be achieved.

The project is expected to produce important two outcomes: One of them is waste management institutional capacity will be increased about waste management in the field of extractive industries. The other one is an inventory of active, closed and abandoned mining waste facilities will be prepared, environmental risks of closed and abandoned mining waste facilities will be determined and rehabilitation of mining waste facilities will be performed according to EU legislation.

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EU ThermoMap Project – shallow geothermal energy

Gyozo Jordan: PROJECT LEADER, Hungary

ThermoMap stands for “Area mapping of superficial geothermic resources by soil and groundwater data” and runs from 2010 to 2013. ThermoMap is an EC co-funded project (FP7- ICT-PSP (Information and Communication Technologies Policy Support Programme) for mapping the potential of very shallow geothermal energy in Europe, in particular for the 9 participating Member States (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Romania, UK). By September 2013, ThermoMap aims at fostering the environment information in order to develop shallow geothermal systems across Europe. ThermoMap will develop a solution to combine the existing datasets for an area visualisation of geothermic resources by soil and groundwater data. ThermoMap intents to visualize geothermal resources in superficial zones of the earth crust to 10 m depth by maps of medium to larger scales. Each of the 9 country partners will define an exemplary test area (1:10,000) in its country. For these test areas the geodata and calculated geothermal potential values will be shown on a local scale level, while for the entire EU area there will be created a shallow geothermal potential overview map in scale 1:250,000.

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Hungarian partner results:

  • publication: D. Bertermann and G. Jordan, 2011. Geothermal energy resource exploitation in the EU: ThermoMap, a new EU project on area mapping of superficial geothermic resources from soil and groundwater data. Journal of European Geologist, 32.
  • two test areas:
    • Budapest – megacity
    • Zalakoppány – rural area

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Morocco-Hungary Bilateral Project – climate zones: mine contamination mobility

Gyozo Jordan: PROJECT LEADER, Hungary

The two year project ”Spatial modelling of heavy metal mobility in mining catchments across various climatic regions in the European Union and its neighbours. A comparative study in Hungary and Morocco” runs from 2012 to 2014, in collaboration with the Moulay Ismail University Earth Science Department (ESD). The main expected result is the development and testing of a quantitative spatial model of heavy metal contamination mobility applicable in catchments. Testing the model against detailed field and laboratory measurements in various climatic zones (temperate climate in Hungary, desert climate in Morocco) will be the other main results. The bilateral project is intended to seed a larger multi-lateral project along EU and neighbours climatic zones on contamination assessment in catchments in Hungary, Marocco and other countries.

two test areas:

  • Recsk Mining Area, Hungary
  • Aouam Mines at the Zaida Catchment, Marocco

EU Norwegian Fund Project – mine contamination transport in sensitive catchments

Gyozo Jordan: PROJECT LEADER, Hungary

Under the ”Furtherance of Internationally Acknowledged Young Researchers’ Career” Programme, the two years ”Geochemical transport modelling for contamination risk assessment in sensitive catchments”, a U Norwegian Fund Project ran from 2009 to 2011. The objective of the project is to develop and test a novel combination of state-of-the-art numerical geochemical transport modelling and quantitative contamination risk assessment, in order to provide scientific support to the sustainable management of natural resources in sensitive catchments. The unique combination of geochemical transport models supported by laboratory tests with formal risk assessment method is a novelty and is expected to bring results of international significance. Such a risk-based assessment enables the fast and scientifically sound inventory, screening and ranking of contaminated sensitive catchments and thus it provides a tool for prioritization for resource allocation for site remediation and land development planning. The method to be developed consists of three components: (1) chemical-mineralogical characterisation of heavy metal mobility in soils and sediments, (2) sediment transport modelling using the distributed WATEM/SEDEM model and the HEC-RAS channel transport model, and (3) the EEA PRAMS quantitative contamination risk assessment model. Gyozo Jordan received the “Scientist of the Month, June 2010” AWARD of the Hungarian National Science Fund Board for his project results.

For projects developed from the Norwegian Fund Project see the following:

  • Contamination risk assessment (RA) methods – Decision Support Tools
  • SOURCE: Contamination mobility – field & lab leaching tests
  • PATHWAY: Contamination transport – transport & reaction modelling
  •  RECEPTORS: Contamination deposition – human & ecosystems:
  • Ecosystem receptors: CATCHMENT GEOCHEMISTRY
  • Ecosystem receptors: FLOODPLAIN GEOCHEMISTRY
  • Ecosystem & human receptors: GEOCHEMICAL MAPPING
    • Recsk Mining Area, Hungary – high-resolution catchment-based stream sediment mapping
    • Ajka Bauxite Mining Area, Hungary – catchment-based stream sediment geochemical mapping
    • Baiut Mining Area, Romania – catchment-based stream water & sediment geochemical mapping
    • Floodplain Project – 3D floodplain contamination mapping in Baiut Mining Area, Romania
  • Red mud & bauxite – world-wide review and geochemical analysis
  • Catastrophe response – red mud spill in Ajka/Kolontar in 2010



For related sources see Publications and References and COURSES & PRESENTATIONS.