A systems modelling approach to manage mine discharge risk to rivers

Cote, C. M. and Moran, C. J. (2008). A systems modelling approach to manage mine discharge risk to rivers. In: Proceedings of 11th International RiverSymposium. 11th International RiverSymposium, Brisbane, Australia, (). 1-4 September 2008.

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Author Cote, C. M.
Moran, C. J.
Title of paper A systems modelling approach to manage mine discharge risk to rivers
Conference name 11th International RiverSymposium
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 1-4 September 2008
Proceedings title Proceedings of 11th International RiverSymposium
Publisher International WaterCentre
Publication Year 2008
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Total pages 16
Language eng
Abstract/Summary Mine sites manage releases of water to ensure compliance with regulation of the use of water resources and the protection of surrounding environment. License conditions restrict discharge to downstream watercourses to specific conditions of flow and concentration to minimise impacts on receiving waters. Traditionally, mine sites comply with discharge restrictions by undertaking detailed hydrological analyses of relevant catchments. Such studies can predict which rainfall event may lead to non-compliance. The underlying assumption is that the only factors that can influence the discharge risk are rainfall and runoff. However, a mine water system is not limited to its catchment. It also comprises additional inputs and outputs, stores and tasks, such as ore processing and dust suppression. These connected elements constitute a complex system with feedbacks, so that a perturbation in the water system leads to changes in the water balance status. We demonstrate that a systems modelling approach can be used to design a site water management system that balances the dual risks of discharge and running out of water. The approach has been applied to a range of mining operations resulting in the capacity to understand the implications of wide spread implementation of leading practice water use and loss rates. Introduction
Subjects Division 4 - Environment
05 Environmental Sciences
Keyword Environment
Q-Index Code EX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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