Sustainability in Mineral Exploration—Exploring Less Invasive Technologies via Patent Analysis
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Airborne electromagneticLess invasive technologiesTechnology watchPatent analysisPatent landscaping
Ruiz-Coupeau, S., Jürgens, B., Keßelring, M., & Herrero-Solana, V. (2020). Sustainability in Mineral Exploration—Exploring Less Invasive Technologies via Patent Analysis. Sustainability, 12(22), 9761. [doi:10.3390/su12229761]
SponsorshipEuropean Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme 776487; Spanish Ministry of Science Innovation and Universities RTI2018-098966-B-I00
This paper presents a bibliometric study on patents and scientific publications related to airborne electromagnetic methods used as less invasive technologies in mineral exploration. A statistical analysis of the documents reveals the main players, technology trends, and collaboration patterns via bibliometric techniques. The article aims to analyse the gap between the model of sustainable less invasive innovations and the concrete implementation of the technology pull. Special attention is paid to the enablers of sustainable development and their presence in the technology landscape for less invasive exploration technologies.