USGS Spectroscopy Lab
Researchers at the USGS Spectroscopy Lab are studying and applying methods for
identifying and mapping materials through spectroscopic remote sensing
(called imaging spectroscopy,
ultraspectral imaging, etc), on the
earth and throughout the solar system using
field, airborne and
The image shown here is a mineral map, where each color is the identification of
specific minerals through imaging spectroscopy analysis. See
Material Maps and
Spectral Libraries (also accessed below).
Reflectance spectra of minerals, mineral mixtures, rock coatings, liquids, frozen volatiles,
organic compounds, manmade materials, vegetation, and other biological materials.
You can download the main spectral library or versions
convolved to various remote sensing spectrometers and broad band
Also, you can view spectra online.
SPECTRAL LIBRARY, splib07a, is now online
(see dates below for additions).
Spectroscopy and Imaging Spectroscopy
Extensive tutorial on reflectance spectroscopy, the causes of absorption bands,
the absorption and scattering processes that occur when light
encounters a particulate surface, and principles of spectroscopy including continuum
analysis, grain size effects, mixtures, etc.
Imaging Spectroscopy: Earth and Planetary Remote Sensing with
the USGS Tetracorder and Expert Systems.
The detailed description of the imaging spectroscopy mapping system we for most maps
you see on speclab.
A tutorial on what imaging spectroscopy is, what it can be used for, and what
it takes to plan, request, calibrate, and analyze AVIRIS data.
Tutorials and papers with image examples of what can be done with imaging
spectroscopy. Maps of minerals, vegetation (including species),
environmental hazards, and more.
Imaging Spectroscopy mapping on the Earth. (March 30, 2010)
AVIRIS materials mapping and thermal hot spot
detection, laboratory studies of WTC dust and debris, including: mineralogy,
chemistry, leachable metals, scanning electron microscope images.
Laboratory Studies and Methods Development
Laboratory spectra and methods for spectroscopy and imaging spectroscopy analysis.
Spectra of the planets, satellites, rings, asteroids, etc.
Contains information and links about spacecraft missions with spectrometers and
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists studying Mars have
discovered minerals with profound
implications for much of the the past history of the planet.
Download software to analyze spectra, display images, analyze imaging
spectroscopy data, and related things.
Description of spectrometers and computers used to measure spectra and
analyze data at the spectroscopy lab.
Links to related information:
Unauthorized use of this U. S. Government computer system is
punishable under PL98-473.
Phone email and regular mail addresses of spectroscopy lab personnel
for further information.
About the Spectroscopy Lab Logo.
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