Assessment of the supply chain for uranium mining: A study of climate adaptation implications

Jessica Pizarro Loza

Supervisors: Professor Ros Taplin, Dr Jane Hodgkinson (CSIRO) and Dr Barton Loechel (CSIRO)

This PhD project aims to analyze the impacts of climate change on the uranium mining supply chain in order to develop practical adaptation strategies for a company and the industry. The analysis will begin with the identification of possible threats to the mining supply chain according to location.

Then a vulnerability assessment will be carried out, identifying key items in the supply chain that may be affected more than others. According to previous analysis (Hodgkinson et al., 2010), the most vulnerable areas in the supply chain of production are: energy availability; water availability; equipment and human resources. Jointly with the vulnerability assessment an adaptation capacity assessment will be performed.   Then ways to reduce the vulnerability will be explored.  

This Ph.D research will:

  • Provide a climate change vulnerability and adaptation options assessment of the uranium supply chain in Australia, not considered to date.
  • Carry out an economic analysis of the uranium supply chain to assess potential costs, benefits and risks of vulnerability and adaptation actions to identify cost effective adaptation options.
  • Identify, apply and test an appropriate risk decision-making approach for managing climate risk in the uranium supply chain.
  • Recommend  adaptation strategies for uranium mining from a sustainable mining practices perspective.
Source: Aurecon Group (2014)
Source: Aurecon Group (2014)
Acknowledgements: Thanks are given for the support of this research via an Australian   Postgraduate Award (APA) , CSIRO Postgraduate Scholarship and to the Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices (ACSMP).