Global recoverable reserve estimation by covariance matching constrained kriging

Tercan A. E.

ENERGY SOURCES, vol.26, no.12, pp.1177-1185, 2004 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 26 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00908310490441557
  • Journal Name: ENERGY SOURCES
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1177-1185
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


A central problem in mining practice is estimation of global recoverable reserves, i.e., recovered tonnage and mean quality varying with cut-off value over the whole deposit. This article describes the application of covariance matching constrained kriging to the estimation of the global recoverable reserves in a lignite deposit in Turkey. Thickness and calorific value are the variables used in this study. The deposit is divided into 180 panels with 200 m x 200 m size and the mean calorific value of the panels is estimated by covariance matching constrained kriging. Quality tonnage curve is constructed based on the estimated mean values. For comparison, quality tonnage curve from ordinary kriging is also provided.