3D/4D Geological Modeling for Mineral Exploration, 2nd Edition

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Mineral Exploration Methods and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 68

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School of Geosciences and Resources, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083, China
Interests: big data of geoscience; mineral exploration; remote sensening mapping; artificial intelligence; machine learning; deep learning; 3D/4D geological modeling; geostatistics; numerical Simulation; hyperspectrum
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Research Institute in Mines and the Environment (IRME), University of Québec in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Rouyn-Noranda, QC J9X 5E4, Canada
Interests: 3D geophysics modeling for geosciences
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Institute of Mineral Resources, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences, Beijing 100037, China
Interests: 3D/4D modeling; prospectivity mapping
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School of Earth Sciences and Engineering, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou 510000, China
Interests: 3D geological modeling and its applications
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Three-dimensional and four-dimensional (3D/4D) geological modeling is a key technology and methodology for geologists to understand geological events and quantitatively analyze multiscale metallogenic models for mineral exploration. The geological concept model and metallogenic digital model can be quantitatively analyzed and 3D/4D models can be built, simulated, and integrated via multisource geoscience datasets or big data of geosciences using AI-driven technologies. It is a challenge to construct 3D/4D certainty models for mineral exploration using multiscale and multisource datasets (big data); mineral resource assessment and environment protection are associated with regional mining development and strategic planning. This Special Issue aims to improve decision-making processes using 3D/4D geological modeling for mineral exploration, and multiple innovative methodologies and technologies (e.g., conventional explicit and implicit 3D modeling, real-time mining of 4D management and decision making, and 5G+ information technology, artificial intelligence decision making, 3D/4D simulation, and digital twin, etc.).

Prof. Dr. Gongwen Wang
Prof. Dr. Lizhen Cheng
Prof. Dr. Nan Li
Dr. Weisheng Hou
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  • 3D/4D geological modeling
  • 3D/4D simulation
  • big data
  • knowledge discovery
  • artificial intelligence
  • uncertainty analysis
  • metallogenic systems and mineral systems
  • mineral resource assessment
  • deep 3D targeting
  • big data of geosciences
  • data-driven, knowledge-driven, AI-driven

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