British Columbia Mine Reclamation Symposium

Intensively monitoring cover system thermal properties with distributed temperature sensing Tallon, L.K.; O’Kane, M.A.


Reclamation soil cover systems can range in size from hundreds of square metres at the pilot scale to tens of hectares at the commercial scale. Performance of cover systems is typically conducted using point scale monitoring stations. While vertically intensive, a point-source monitoring profile is inadequate for characterizing the spatial and temporal variations of the cover that exist at the landscape scale of interest. Distributed temperature sensing is a technology that intensively measures temperature at 1 m resolutions over distances between 5,000 to 10,000 m. This paper presents a series of case studies that detail how the technology can be used to the fieldscale performance of cover systems through measurement of thermal properties.

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