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Remote Sens. 2015, 7(10), 12635-12653;

Sentinel-2 for Mapping Iron Absorption Feature Parameters

Faculty of Geo-information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente, Drienerlolaan 5,7522 NB, Enschede, The Netherlands
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Academic Editors: James Jin-King Liu, Lenio Soares Galvao, Nicolas Baghdadi and Prasad S. Thenkabail
Received: 12 August 2015 / Revised: 9 September 2015 / Accepted: 9 September 2015 / Published: 25 September 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Remote Sensing in Geology)
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Iron is an indicator for soil fertility and the usability of an area for cultivating crops. Remote sensing is the only suitable tool for surveying large areas at a high temporal and spatial interval, yet a relative high spectral resolution is needed for mapping iron contents with reflectance data. Sentinel-2 has several bands that cover the 0.9 μm iron absorption feature, while space-borne sensors traditionally used for geologic remote sensing, like ASTER and Landsat, had only one band in this feature. In this paper, we introduce a curve-fitting technique for Sentinel-2 that approximates the iron absorption feature at a hyperspectral resolution. We test our technique on library spectra of different iron bearing minerals and we apply it to a Sentinel-2 image synthesized from an airborne hyperspectral dataset. Our method finds the wavelength position of maximum absorption and absolute absorption depth for minerals Beryl, Bronzite, Goethite, Jarosite and Hematite. Sentinel-2 offers information on the 0.9 μm absorption feature that until now was reserved for hyperspectral instruments. Being a satellite mission, this information comes at a lower spatial resolution than airborne hyperspectral data, but with a large spatial coverage and frequent revisit time. View Full-Text
Keywords: Sentinel-2; Hymap; iron absorption feature; mineralogy; soils; hyperspectral; Cabo de Gata Sentinel-2; Hymap; iron absorption feature; mineralogy; soils; hyperspectral; Cabo de Gata

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van der Werff, H.; van der Meer, F. Sentinel-2 for Mapping Iron Absorption Feature Parameters. Remote Sens. 2015, 7, 12635-12653.

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