Low cost surveys

We will develop innovative low cost approaches to characterize critical raw materials in the field

Case Studies

We will use high-tech field instruments along the mining value chain including exploration, mining and environmental assessment.


The LoCoSu project creates high-quality and sustainable scientific cooperation structures.

Field Portable Instruments

The LoCoSu project explores the use of high-tech field tools in exploration, mining, and environmental surveys.


Low cost surveys for high-technology metals: Applying field portable instruments under quasi-realistic conditions in Subsaharan Africa

The BMBF-funded LoCoSu project aims to identify and apply innovative low-cost approaches to characterize the abundance of critical raw materials using portable, high-tech field instruments. A team of German and African scientists will explore the use of these field tools in exploration, active mining, mining residues and wastes, and environmental surveys of mineralized materials. Our team will develop and improve methodologies to analyse mineral commodities, particularly those that are crucial to the high-technology industry, and will jointly elaborate a handbook for the usage of portable x-ray fluorescence (pXRF) and infrared (pIR) spectrometers.

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June 12, 2018

LoCoSu Team to attend RFG 2018

The LoCoSu Team will be attending the Resources for Future Generations (RFG) 2018 conference in Vancouver, Canada from 16th to 21st June. We will be presenting the project activities at booth #206. Our research activities will be shown in the poster presentation session. Please feel welcome to come by and pay us a visit.


July 4, 2017

First Workshop: Technical report writing

The first LoCoSu workshop „Technical report writing“ took place at the University of Namibia in July 2017. Participants included students, UNAM staff and staff from the Geological Survey of Namibia.