The earliest and foremost application of hyperspectral imaging is to locate minerals that are exposed or weathered in areas of residual soil. SpecTIR provides discrete mineral mapping for exploration clients in the mining, oil/gas and geothermal sectors. We provide our geologic clients an end to end solution for identifying mineralogy over large and often remote and inaccessible parts of the globe. Indicator minerals associated with specific alteration systems are mapped with high spatial and spectral accuracy. Hyperspectral data can then be fused with other remote sensing and geophysical data such as LIDAR, magnetometry, seismic, and core logging.
Hyperspectral Imaging has been adopted by many major oil & gas companies as an essential tool for exploration, environmental baseline, and monitoring purposes. Surficial expressions of hydrocarbons can be readily detected using SWIR imagery, while other vegetative, geobotanical, and geologic patterns can be used for indirect hydrocarbon detection. From the deserts of Tunisia to the rich basins of Venezuela, SpecTIR has executed successful Oil & Gas exploration programs in the most difficult environments.
Hyperspectral Imagery allows for the classification and characterization of vegetation that relate to a wide range of applications to include: species identification, insect and disease detection/monitoring, fire risk analysis, stress detection, geobotanical analysis for oil/gas exploration, invasive species mapping (terrestrial and sub aquatic), crop residue, soil quality/tillage, vegetative health, precision agriculture and seed stock tracking.
Visible to Near Infra-Red imagery allows for the detailed characterization of water bodies, on both local and regional scales. The many aquatic applications include Eutrophication monitoring, sub-aquatic vegetation mapping, turbidity, coral reef, and littoral mapping. Acid mine drainage indicators can also be mapped and aid in remediation efforts.
From the Gulf Coast oil spill to Hurricane Katrina, to asbestos detection in South Africa, SpecTIR helps detect environmental contamination throughout the world. Our ability to rapidly deploy sensors in an emergency response situation provides a unique and timely capability. Hyperspectral analysis integrated with other remote sensing and Geospatial data can provide emergency managers greater situational awareness during and after an environmental disaster.