Spectroscopy Lab

News

Our scientists contribute to a variety of studies. Here are some news items related to our work.

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Date published: June 12, 2019

Spectroscopy Lab Hosts Hyperspectral Imaging-UAS Training

The USGS Spectroscopy Laboratory hosted hyperspectral calibration and imaging from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) training in June.

Date published: April 5, 2018

USGS Scientists Develop New Tool to Determine if Vermiculite Insulation Contains Asbestos

U.S. Geological Survey scientists and partners have created an onsite, time-saving technique for building inspectors to ascertain whether vermiculite insulation contains amphibole asbestos. The findings are featured in the April 2 edition of American Mineralogist.

Date published: May 24, 2017

Igniting a New Trend in Public Safety

U.S. Geological Survey scientists and partners are taking technology to the next level, using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly called drones, to acquire both fire intensity and emissions data during prescribed burns.

Date published: April 20, 2017

USGS Spectral Library gets Ultra- and Hyper- Revamp

We've got a library full of spectral signatures, like a police fingerprint library for minerals and other substances!

Date published: April 11, 2017

EarthWord–Hyperspectral

It’s not a caffeinated ghost, but this EarthWord is nearly as trippy...

Date published: July 7, 2016

Hyperspectral Surveying: A Tool for Assessing the Mineral Potential of Alaska

Alaska is a major producer of base and precious metals and has a high potential for additional undiscovered mineral resources. However, discovery is hindered by Alaska’s vast size, remoteness and rugged terrain. New methods are needed to overcome these obstacles in order to evaluate Alaska’s geology and mineral resource potential.

Date published: February 17, 2016

Multidisciplinary Science Addresses Complex Resource and Environmental Issues

The ongoing resource, climate, hazards and environmental issues of the United States are addressed in a new U.S. Geological Survey product, providing an overview of the USGS Mineral Resources Program's multidisciplinary science.

Date published: March 10, 2014

New Maps of Afghanistan Provide "Fingerprint" of Natural Resources

A coalition of scientists from the United States and Afghanistan today released 60 high-tech maps that will help Afghanistan chart a course for future economic development.  These maps represent a milestone as Afghanistan is the first country to be almost completely mapped using hyperspectral imaging data.

Date published: September 24, 2009

Space Images Find Water on Moon

The Moon, long rendered dry and barren, has been shown by new research to hold water at all latitudes.
In the Sept. 24 edition of the journal Science, spectral images obtained from three spacecraft are unveiled, indicating the presence of both water and hydroxyl, a molecule consisting of hydrogen and oxygen.