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Evaluating minerals of environmental concern using spectroscopy

January 1, 2006

Imaging spectroscopy has been successfully used to aid researchers in characterizing potential environmental impacts posed by acid-rock drainage, ore-processing dust on mangroves, and asbestos in serpentine mineral deposits and urban dust. Many of these applications synergistically combine field spectroscopy with remote sensing data, thus allowing more-precise data calibration, spectral analysis of the data, and verification of mapping. The increased accuracy makes these environmental evaluation tools efficient because they can be used to focus field work on those areas most critical to the research effort. The use of spectroscopy to evaluate minerals of environmental concern pushes current imaging spectrometer technology to its limits; we present laboratory results that indicate the direction for future designs of imaging spectrometers.

Publication Year 2006
Title Evaluating minerals of environmental concern using spectroscopy
DOI 10.1109/IGARSS.2006.515
Authors G.A. Swayze, R. N. Clark, C.T. Higgins, R.F. Kokaly, K. Eric Livo, T.M. Hoefen, C. Ong, F.A. Kruse
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70028626
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse