Dr Claire Cote

Principal Research Fellow

Centre for Mined Land Rehabilitation
Sustainable Minerals Institute
c.cote@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 64061

Overview

Undertaking integration research to achieve sustainable water management

Claire Cote has extensive experience in the description, understanding and analysis of the water systems of mining and mineral processing operations. She led an Australian Coal Association Research Program study that benchmarked water use in the Australian coal mining industry and the development of a water accounting framework for the minerals industry. She has carried out audits of water issues faced by copper mines in Northern Chile and has assisted mining companies in developing their long-term water strategies.

She combines her technical knowledge with an awareness of the broader context of social responsibility and sustainability. Her main interest lies in undertaking integration research to achieve sustainable water management. Reaching agreement about water management at regional scale can be an intensely political process because all water users have interests. It requires adoption of an approach that combines the description and understanding of technical mine water aspects with other scientific, social science and economic skills. Claire is currently developing projects that aim at better integrating various system components, such as water, energy, ecosystem health, community values and human rights considerations.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Master of Engineering
  • PhD, James Cook University

Publications

  • Ringwood, K, Douglas, B., Cote, C, Harold, M, McIntyre, N and Butcher, M (2016). Water stewardship – a practical handbook for operations.. In: Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on Water Management in Mining.. 5th International Congress on Water Management in Mining., Santiago Chile, (). 18-20 May 2016.

  • Cote, Claire M., Cummings, Jason, Moran, Chris J. and Ringwood, Kristina (2012). Water accounting in mining and minerals processing. In Jayne M. Godfrey and Keryn Chalmers (Ed.), Water accounting: international approaches to policy and decision-making (pp. 91-105) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9781849807500.00014

  • Franks, Daniel M., Boger, David V., Côte, Claire M. and Mulligan, David R. (2011) Sustainable development principles for the disposal of mining and mineral processing wastes. Resources policy, 36 2: 114-122. doi:10.1016/j.resourpol.2010.12.001

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Cote, Claire M., Cummings, Jason, Moran, Chris J. and Ringwood, Kristina (2012). Water accounting in mining and minerals processing. In Jayne M. Godfrey and Keryn Chalmers (Ed.), Water accounting: international approaches to policy and decision-making (pp. 91-105) Cheltenham, United Kingdom: Edward Elgar. doi:10.4337/9781849807500.00014

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Ringwood, K, Douglas, B., Cote, C, Harold, M, McIntyre, N and Butcher, M (2016). Water stewardship – a practical handbook for operations.. In: Proceedings of the 5th International Congress on Water Management in Mining.. 5th International Congress on Water Management in Mining., Santiago Chile, (). 18-20 May 2016.

  • Cote, Claire M., Moran, Chris J. and Acosta, Orlanda J. (2010). Progressing towards sustainability: From water efficiency to water effectiveness at the Collahuasi Mine. In: Jacques Wiertz, WIM 2010: Proceedings of the 2nd International Congress on Water Management in the Mining Industry. Water in Mining - 2nd International Congress on Water Management in the Mining Industry (WIM 2010), Santiago, Chile, (33-46). 9-11 June 2010.

  • Moran, C. J., Barrett, D. J. and Cote, C. M. (2009). A statistic analytical method to assess the potential for worked water sharing between. In: Abstracts of the International Mine Water Conference. International Mine Water Conference 2009, Pretoria, South Africa, (256-260). 19 - 23 October 2009.

  • Moran, Chris, Damian Barrett and Cote, Claire M. (2009). A statistical analytical method to assess the potential for worked water sharing between mines. In: International Mine Water Conference 2009. International Mine Water Conference 2009, Pretoria, South Africa, (256-260). 18th - 23rd October 2009.

  • Barrett, D. J., Cote, C. and Moran, C. J. (2009). A statistical analytical method to assess the potential for worked water sharing between mines. In: Abstracts of the International Mine Water Conference. International Mine Water Conference 2009, Pretoria, South Africa, (256-260). 19 - 23 October, 2009.

  • Cote, Claire M. and Moran, Chris (2009). A water accounting framework for the Australian minerals industry. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Sustainable Development Indicators in the Minerals Industry (SDIMI 2009). 4th International Conference on Sustainable Development Indicators in the Minerals Industry (SDIMI 2009), Gold Coast, Australia, (339-350). 6-8 July 2009.

  • Cote, Claire M., Moran, Chris, Cummings, Jason and Ringwood, Kristina (2009). Developing a water accounting framework for the Australian minerals industry. In: Proceedings of Water in Mining 2009. Water in Mining 2009, Perth, (191-203). 15 - 17 September 2009.

  • Franks, D., Boger, D., Cote, C. and Mulligan, D. (2009). Stable, inert and contained: mine waste disposal and the sustainable development agenda. In: Jacques Wiertz and Chris Moran, Enviromine2009 : Proceedings of the First International Seminar on Environmental Issues in the Mining Industry. First International Seminar on Environmental Issues in the Mining Industry, Santiago, Chile, (). 30 September - 2 October 2009.

  • Cote, C. M. and Moran, C. J. (2008). A systems modelling approach to manage mine discharge risk to rivers. In: Proceedings of 11th International RiverSymposium. 11th International RiverSymposium, Brisbane, Australia, (). 1-4 September 2008.

  • Vink, Sue, Cote, Claire and Moran, Chris (2008). Water and salt management in Bowen Basin Coal mines. In: Jacques Wiertz, Proceedings of International Congress on Water Management in the Mining Industry. Water in Mining 2008: International Congress on Water Management in the Mining Industry, Santiago, Chile, (163-172). 9-11 July 2008.

  • Cote, C. M., Moran, C. J. and Hedemann, C. J. (2007). Evaluating the costs and benefits of mine sites salt management strategies using a systems model. In: Cidu, R. and Frau, F., IMWA Symposium 2007: Water in Mining Environments. IMWA Symposium 2007; Water in Mining Environments, Cagliari, Italy, (319-323). 27th - 31st May 2007.

  • Cote, C. M., Moran, C. J., Hedemann, C. J., Davis, A. H., Silvester, N., Koch, C. and Tollari, C. P. D. (2006). Systems modelling for water management in mining and minerals - Bowen Basin coal. In: Water in Mining 2006: Multiple Values for Water. Water in Mining 2006, Sofitel Hotel, Brisbane, (215-223). 14-16 November, 2006.

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