Geological imaging spectrometry



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GEOLOGICAL IMAGING SPECTROMETRY

Prof.Dr. F.D. van der Meer

Department of Applied Earth Sciences

Section Earth Sciences and

ITC, Division of Geological Survey

Research in geological imaging spectrometry


Research on geological imaging spectrometry within the framework of CtG focuses on the use of high spectral resolution remote sensing data for geological applications mainly related with natural seepage of oil and gas along fracture and fault systems in leaking oil-gas reservoirs. At the surface, these seeps produce pronounced effects on vegetation structure and cause mineralogical alterations in soil and rock. These can be spectrally characterized by means of the imagery described. The field of imaging spectrometry is at the transition from airborne (solely) to spaceborne data acquisition (supported by airborne underflights). This opens new possibilities for data integration namely multi-sensor approaches and integrated research exploiting field data. The European Space Agency (ESA) are preparing for the ENVISAT mission, to be launched in June 2001, which will carry an imaging spectrometer (MERIS) and an interferometric SAR system (ASAR) amongst other systems. NASA has launched the Terra mission in December 1999 which carries the ASTER sensor which has high spectral resolution optical and thermal channels perfectly suited for geological research.

At present the thematic aim of the research at present is twofold:



  • developing new analytical procedures for integrating (space-airborne) imaging spectrometry data with other sensor information

  • developing a framework for integrating imaging spectrometry data with field and subsurface data

The ultimate goal is to progress from static surface measurements to dynamic process-based surface measurements using remote sensing data. In particular, we want to be able to better characterize greenhouse gas emissions from natural hydrocarbon seeps and contribute to understanding the role of these gases in the global change problematics.

The research group on imaging spectrometry is partly based in Delft and partly at the ITC in Enschede. The following Ph.D. research projects are ongoing (reports of those in CtG are included):



  • Scholte, imaging hydrocarbon microseeps in Azerbaidjan

  • Kariuki, swelling clay mapping for characterizing expansive soils

  • Shimoni, integrating InSAR and HighRes for Neotectonics of the Dead Sea Rift

  • Van der Werff, imaging hydrocarbon microseeps in Ventura basin*

  • Farifteh, multisensor approach to characterizing soils for engineering purposes*

  • Van Ruitenbeek, mineral prospecting at Panorama (Australia) with ASTER and geophysics*

  • Pravesh, optimal statistical sampling of imaging spectrometer data**

* Based at and funded by ITC, not yet accredited in CtG.

** Starting mid-2001 at ITC.

The group has received research funding from Shell and BCRS and has recently been awarded a grant from the European Science Foundation (ESF) to enable the organization of an exploratory workshop on “natural hydrocarbon seeps, global tectonics and greenhouse gas emissions”.



Research output


Journal articles

Meer, F. van der, Geophysical inversion of hyperspectral data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 21(2), 2000, p. 387-393.

Yang, H., F. van der Meer, J. Zhang; Aerospace Detection of Hydrocarbon-induced alteration. In: Geochemical Remote Sensing of the Subsurface, M. Hale (Ed.), Elsevier Science B.V., New York, 2000, p. 233-245.

Yang, H., J. Zhang, F. van der Meer, S.B. Kroonenberg; Imaging spectrometry data correlated to hydrocarbon microseepage. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 21(1), 2000, p. 197-202.

Yang, H., F. van der Meer, F., J. Zhang, S.B. Kroonenberg; Direct detection of onshore hydrocarbon microseepages by remote sensing techniques. Remote Sensing Reviews, 18(1), 2000, p. 1-18

Meer, F. van der, W. Bakker, K. Scholte, A. Skidmore, S. de Jong, J. Clevers, G. Epema; Simulation of MERIS data: potential and limitations for mapping (soil) mineralogy. Journal of Applied Geoinformation Management, 1999-1(3/4), 2000, p. 196-204

Meer, F. van der, W. Bakker, K. Scholte, A. Skidmore, S. de Jong, M. Dorresteijn, J. Clevers., G. Epema; Scaling to the MERIS Resolution: mapping accuracy and spatial variability. Geocarto International, 15(1), 2000, p. 37-47. ISSN-1010-6049.

Meer, F. van der, S.M. de Jong, S.M.; Improving the results of spectral unmixing of LANDSAT TM imagery by enhancing the orthogonality of end-members. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 21(15), 2000, p. 2781-2797..

Meer. F. van der; Imaging spectrometry for geological applications. In: The Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry, R.A. Meyers (Ed.), John Wiley & Sons Ltd., Sussex, U.K., 2000, p. 8601-8638.

Meer, F. van der; Spectral curve shape matching with a continuum removed CCSM algorithm. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 21(16), 2000, p. 3179-3185

Meer, F. van der; Een beeld vormen met spectrometrie. Intreerede Technische Universiteit Delft, 20 oktober 2000, 19 p.
Other publications

Meer, F. van der; ASTER for oil. BCRS Nieuwsbrief 90, 2000, p. 22-23.

Meer, F. van der; XIXth Congress of the ISPRS-Geoinformation for all. BCRS Nieuwsbrief 90, 2000, p. 37-38.

Clevers, J.G.P.W., S.M. de Jong, G.F. Epema, K. Scholte, F. van der Meer, W.H. Bakker, A.K. Skidmore; The use of the MERIS standard band setting for deriving the red edge index. In: Proc. ISSSR, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A., 2000, On Cdrom, 8 p.

Meer, F.D. van der, H. Yang, S.B. Kroonenberg; Imaging Spectrometry and petroleum geology: Hydrocarbon microseepage as a source of global methane production. In: Proc. 28th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment, 27-31 March 2000, Capetown, South Africa, p. 36-39.

Meer, F. van der; Imaging spectrometry for hydrocarbon microseepage. BCRS Remote sensing Nieuwsbrief, 91, 2000, p. 44-46.

Meer, F. van der; Statistical sensing of the environment. BCRS Remote Sensing Nieuwsbrief, 91, 2000, p. 64-65.

Meer, F.D. van der, J.G.P.W. Clevers, S.M. de Jong, W.H., Bakker, G.F. Epema, A.K. Skidmore, A.K., K. Scholte; MERILAND: MERIS potential for land applications. BCRS, Delft, USP-2 report 99-36, 2000, 113 p.

Meer, F.D. van der; High spectral resolution remote sensing and the search for hydrocarbons. Proceedings Vijfde Nederlands Aardwetenschappelijk Congres, 20-21 April 2000, Veldhoven, p. 2-8.

Meer, F.D. van der; Spectral curve shape matching with a continuum removed CCSM algorithm. Proceedings Vijfde Nederlands Aardwetenschappelijk Congres, 20-21 April 2000, Veldhoven, p. 2-23.

Kariuki, P.C., F.D. van der Meer; High spectral resolution remote sensing and the search for hydrocarbons. Proceedings Vijfde Nederlands Aardwetenschappelijk Congres, 20-21 April 2000, Veldhoven, p. 2-22.

Verhoef, P.N.W., F.D. van der Meer; Oorzaak verkleurde oppervlakken graniet natuursteen – studie uitgevoerd voor KOAC WMD Vught (rapport TA/IG/99.024), 2 February 2000, 23 p.

Meer, F. van der; Geophysical inversion of hyperspectral data: from geological data to models. Presented at the International Geological Union, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 9-19 August 2000 (on Cdrom).

Meer, F. van der, W. Bakker, S. Scholte, A. Skidmore, J. Clevers, G. Epema, S. de Jong, S.; Vegetation indices, above ground biomass estimates and the red edge from MERIS. International Archives of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Vol XXXIII, Part b7, 2000, p. 1580-1587.

Meer, F. van der; Geophysical inversion of hyperspectral data: from model to reality. Proceedings of the 31st International Geological Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 6-17 August, 2000 (1 page abstract).

Dijk, P. van, F. van der Meer, P. Kariuki; The mapping of swelling clays with remote sensing: potential of high spectral resolution sensors. Proceedings of the 31st International Geological Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 6-17 August, 2000 (1 page abstract).



Meer, F. van der, A. Skidmore;Report on the second EARSeL workshop on Imaging Spectroscopy. BCRS Remote Sensing Nieuwsbrief, 94, October 2000, p. 28-30.

Meer, F. van der, P. van Dijk, E. Schetselaar, M. Little, O. Podlaha, H. Yang, E. Biegert; An integrated approach for hyperspectral hydrocarbon microseepage detection. In: Proceedings of the 14th Thematic Conference and Workshops on Applied Geologic Remote Sensing, ERIM, Las Vegas, U.S., 6-8 November 2000, p. 81-88.


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