RMAG to Present Geologic Remote Sensing Short Course

Title: RMAG to Present Geologic Remote Sensing Short Course

Publication: The Outcrop, August 2002, p. 14

RMAG is pleased to sponsor a new one-day short course on geologic remote sensing and image interpretation to be held Wednesday, October 23 rd at the Marriott Hotel, Downtown Denver. The course will take a journey with slides and imagery through the electromagnetic spectrum. The regions of the electromagnetic spectrum will be described from the short wavelength ultraviolet, through the visible, reflective infrared, thermal infrared, and long wavelength microwave (radar). The type of information that can be acquired within each spectral region will be described along with the sensors and platforms used, and their limitations. A history of viewing the earth from the air and outer space will be presented along with a description of past and current commercial resource satellites. Examples of declassified spy satellite data will also be shown.

Characteristics of Landsat MSS, TM, SPOT, Ikonos, Radarsat, and other orbiting platforms will be presented and examples will be shown. Various image enhancements and their applications will be described along with data integration techniques and industry examples.

Techniques used in image interpretation and the geomorphic criteria used to identify structural attitudes will be presented. A brief structural geology review will be presented covering extensional, compressional. and wrench faulted terranes. Lineaments and their meaning and relationship to fracture porosity will be discussed. Exploration examples and case studies will be presented.

The instructor will be William Di Paolo, a consultant from Evergreen, Colorado. Bill has past experience with the USGS, BLM, Amoco, and Unocal and presented this course to various technical groups.

If you are interested in viewing the earth from space and knowing how information from satellites is used to explore for resources and monitor our environment, this program is for you. This one-day course will cost $60. Registration materials will be available in the September issue of The Outcrop.