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Vaclav Metelka

Research Associate
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)

Contact details

Robert Street Building, Rm 211
Centre for Exploration Targeting (CET)
The University of Western Australia (M006)
35 Stirling Highway

+618 6488 1871

Vaclav has come to the CET to work closely with the International Mining Development Centre (IM4DC) principally on projects involving the application of GIS in geology in West and Central African countries. He is also involved in the WAXI (West African Exploration Initiative) project working on 3D modelling of greenstone belts of western Burkina Faso as well as the interpretation of geophysical and remote sensing data.

Vaclav comes from the Czech Republic, specifically from a town called Ceske Budejovice. He has spent considerable time abroad passing two years in Germany and the USA before entering the Charles University in Prague, where he earned his MSc in geochemistry. During his MSc studies, he became particularly involved with interpretation of remote sensing data in geology. He then went on to join the Czech Geological Survey, where he worked mainly on mapping projects in Czech Republic, Mongolia, and the assessment of geological hazards in Costa Rica and Czech Republic. He resumed his studies to gain his PhD in geology jointly from the University of Paul Sabatier in Toulouse and the Charles University in Prague as a member of the WAXI project, studying the potential of geophysical and remote sensing data in the interpretation and mapping of geology and regolith of the West African Craton.

After the completion of his PhD he decided it would be great to experience Australia, one of the continents that he has never worked in, so he took up the opportunity to join the CET team.

Key research

My research interests are fairly broad aiming at the application of GIS, remote sensing, and geophysics in general geology, structural geology, geochemistry, economic geology, and engineering geology.

1) Lithostructural mapping - integrating geophysics, remote sensing, and field observations to improve geological mapping and exploration targeting

2) Mineral mapping and mineral alteration mapping - looking at multispectral and hyperspectral data to map minerals or alterations related to weathering or mineralization systems

3) Geological risk analyses - integrating remote sensing and field observation data in accessing geological risks related to mass wasting processes


Metelka, V., Bartoux, L., Naba, S., Jessell, M. (2011): A geophysically constrained litho-structural analysis of the Eburnean greenstone belts and associated granitoid domains, Burkina Faso, West Africa. Precambrian Research, Vol. 190, Iss. 1-4, 48-69.

Bartoux, L., Metelka, V., Naba, S., Jessell, M., Grégoire, M., Ganne, J. Juvenile Juvenile Paleoproterozoic crust evolution during the Eburnean orogeny (~2.2–2.0 Ga), western Burkina Faso. Precambrian Research, Vol. 191, Iss. 1-2, 18-45.

Purdon, M., Ciencala, E., Metelka, V., Beranova, J., Hunova, I., Cerny, M. (2004): Regional variation in forest health under long-term air pollution mitigated by lithological conditions. Forest Ecology and Management, Vol. 195, Iss. 3, 355-371.

Metelka, V., Baratoux, L., Jessell, M., Barth, A., Naba, S. (2011): Regolith landform mapping in western Burkina Faso, using airborne geophysics and remote sensing data in a neural-network, 23rd Colloquium of African Geology, Johannesburg, 9-14 january.

Metelka, V., Baratoux, L., Jessell, M., Naba, S. (2010): Regolith landform mapping based on remote sensing data and airborne geophysics in western Burkina Faso, Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 12, EGU2010-6676, EGU General Assembly 2010.

Metelka, V., Baratoux, L., Jessell, M., Naba, S. (2010): New geological and tectonic map of Paleoproterozoic basement in western Burkina Faso: integrated interpretation of airborne geophysical and field data, Geophysical Research Abstracts, Vol. 12, EGU2010-6759, EGU General Assembly 2010.

Metelka, V., Baratoux, L., Jessell, M., Ganne, J., Naba, S. (2009): The use of Multispectral Imagery and Airborne Geophysics in Mapping Geology of western Burkina Faso, The 20th Annual Meeting of the Geological Remote Sensing Group (GRSG) : Exploration Remote Sensing, 15-17 December 2009, London, United Kingdom.

Baroň, I., Kycl, P., Hradecky, P. , Metelka, V., Vorel, T., Sebesta, J., Hernandez, W., Chavez, G., Alvarez, A., Huapaya, S. (2007): Identifying Areas Susceptible to Landsliding and other hazardous processes in El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica, Central America. In Schaefer V.R., Schuster R.L., Turner A.K.: 1st North American Landslide Conference.Conference Presentations. AEG Special Publication No. 23, s. 37-45. Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists. Vail. ISBN 978-0-9754295-3-2.

Metelka, V. (2005): Geological Analysis of Remote Sensing Data in the Gobi Altai Region,c poster and presentation, 3rd Student GIS Project Conference in Prague, Czech Republic,  September, 2005.