Processing Routines in IDL for Spectroscopic Measurements (PRISM)

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spectra charts and a photo of field and mountain with scrub

Cover image from USGS Open-File Report 2011-1155 PRISM: Processing Routines in IDL for Spectroscopic Measurements (Installation Manual and User's Guide, Version 1.0), showing example spectra and one photograph of a field location.

(Credit: Raymond Kokaly, USGS. Public domain.)

PRISM provides a framework to conduct spectroscopic analysis of measurements made using laboratory, field, airborne, and space-based spectrometers. Using PRISM functions, the user can compare the spectra of materials of unknown composition with reference spectra of known materials.This spectroscopic analysis allows the composition of the material to be identified and characterized. Among its other functions, PRISM contains routines for the storage of spectra in database files, import/export of ENVI spectral libraries, importation of field spectra, correction of spectra to absolute reflectance, arithmetic operations on spectra, interactive continuum removal and comparison of spectral features, correction of imaging spectrometer data to ground-calibrated reflectance, and identification and mapping of materials using spectral feature-based analysis of reflectance data.

Kokaly, R.F., 2011, PRISM: Processing routines in IDL for spectroscopic measurements (installation manual and user's guide, version 1.0): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1155, 432 p.,