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Imagery spectroscopy application for Super Fund mining waste monitoring
Author(s): William E. Roper
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Paper Abstract

Image spectroscopy was used to evaluate iron oxide acid mine drainage contamination at two U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Super Fund sites located in Colorado and New Mexico. The AVIRIS hyper-spectral remote sensing system developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory was used to collect the imagery data used in the analysis. The paper presents an overview of mining methods used in the area of the study, the environmental risks of acid mine drainage and the AVIRIS hyper-spectral sensing system. The two sites evaluated are located in Leadville, Colorado and the Ray Mine site in New Mexico. Imagery spectroscopy was evaluated at these two sites for identifying potential mineral pollutants and mapping their location for cleanup planning and monitoring applications. Results indicate the technology can be a very useful tool for this type of application and location.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4383, Geo-Spatial Image and Data Exploitation II, (1 June 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.428241
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William E. Roper, George Washington Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4383:
Geo-Spatial Image and Data Exploitation II
William E. Roper, Editor(s)

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