Assessment of Impact from Mining Sector of Murmansk Region on Condition of Vegetation Cover using Satellite Observations

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.30686/1609-9192-2019-6-148-112-116
S.P. Mesyats, S.P. Ostapenko
Mining Institute of the Kola Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity, Russian Federation
Russian Mining Industry №6 / 2019 p.112-116

Читать на русскоя языкеAbstract: Introduction: at the time when the global environment is aggravating, the need for research and wide-scale programmes to improve its condition becomes especially acute. Objective: assessment of impact from mining and metallurgical facilities on the environmental condition based on changes in photosynthesizing activity of the vegetation cover using satellite observations data. Research methodology: remote observations of the atmospheric boundary layer and the earth surface, integral estimation of the airborne technogenic pollution and reaction of the vegetation cover using satellite data in order to forecast the impact zones of the enterprises. Research subject: Central part of the Murmansk Region. Results: areas of the impact zones of mining and metallurgical facilities have been defined based on the data of multi-year satellite surveys of the Murmansk Region. The paper presents the assessment results of the technogenic impact from enterprises of the Mining and Metallurgical Sector of the Murmansk Region on the vegetation cover. It is suggested to use changes in the photosynthesizing activity of the vegetation cover that are defined on the basis of satellite observations data as a cumulative factor of the sector’s environmental impact.

Keywords: Mining Sector, Mining and Metallurgical Sector, airborne technogenic pollution, vegetation cover, photosynthesizing activity, satellite data, vegetation index, environmental protection, atmospheric air protection

Acknowledgements: The research was executed as part of Project No. 17-45-510037 р_а by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFFI) and the Government of the Murmansk Region.

For citation: Mesyats S.P., Ostapenko S.P. Assessment of Impact from Mining Sector of Murmansk Region on Condition of Vegetation Cover using Satellite Observations. Gornaya promyshlennost = Russian Mining Industry. 2019;(6):112–116. (In Russ.) DOI 10.30686/1609-9192-2019-6-148-112-116.


Article info

Received: 10.09.2019
Revised: 14.10.2019
Accepted: 29.11.2019


Information about the authors

Svetlana P. Mesyats – Leading Research Fellow, Head of Laboratory, Mining Institute of the Kola Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity, Russian Federation; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Sergey P. Ostapenko – Candidate of Science (Engineering), Leading Research Fellow, Mining Institute of the Kola Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Apatity, Russian Federation; e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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