Maria de Lurdes Dinis is an Associate professor at Mining Engineering Department of Engineering Faculty of Porto University and Researcher at CERENA-FEUP. My background is mining Engineering with a PhD in Environmental Engineering. Her main research interests are related with exposure assessment, environmental modelling, risk assessment and management, environmental remediation techniques and technologies and occupational exposure. Previous research has been published in NATO Books, IAEA documents, Uranium Mining and Hydrogeology Books, Journal of Environmental Radioactivity, Journal of Radioprotection. Participation on several IAEA projects, IAEA training courses, IAEA technical meetings. Counterpart of three projects and Designated Team Manager of one Interregional training programme of the IAEA Technical Cooperation Department.
- The mining environmental legacy is far from being properly assessed
- Risk maps are relevant to characterize the population potentially exposed
- Inventory of the most appropriate intervention techniques will prevent the exposure
The North of Portugal is particularly rich in metallic and non-metallic mineral resources, whose exploitation dates back to the 19th century. The high-volume of mining wastes resulting from the exploration and processing of the ores that have been deposited in tailings close to the mines, in most cases without any recovery or maintenance. This work will allow the assessment of the hydropedological impacts associated with mining and industrialization, and their contribute to the mitigation and/or remediation of these impacts, promoting soil protection and health. For this purpose, former areas where coal, Sb-Au and W mines operated, and where mining processing residues were deposited nearby, were selected for physical, chemical and environmental characterization. In addition, an environmental risk analysis will be carried out, and the most appropriate intervention techniques will be inventoried.