2 August 2002 Analysis of VIS-LWIR hyperspectral image data for detailed geologic mapping
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Research is being conducted into the usefulness of hyperspectral data for detailed geologic mapping applications. The data being analyzed were collected by the HYDICE (VIS-SWIR) and SEBASS (LWIR) airborne imaging spectrometers. Hyperspectral data provides a means of identifying surface minerology, which indicates lithology. In addition, because the data are collected in image format, photo-geologic observations can be made, such as the presence and orientation of stratification and faulting. The results of hyperspectral-based geologic mapping are summarized for an area of volcanic and sedimentary rocks in southwest Nevada. Analysis of the data revealed 11 mineral endmembers representing eight lithologic units. The hyperspectral-derived maps were directly compared to the best ground-based geologic maps available. Results indicate the ability to produce general geologic maps at scales better than 1:24,000 using 1-meter resolution airborne spectroscopy. Also, a more thorough mapping was achieved because of the increased compositional information gained by using both eht SWIR and LWIR.
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Timothy Bowers, Timothy Bowers, "Analysis of VIS-LWIR hyperspectral image data for detailed geologic mapping", Proc. SPIE 4725, Algorithms and Technologies for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery VIII, (2 August 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.478742; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.478742

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