Geothermal surface manifestation characterization using airborne lidar return intensity

Y. Restu Freski*, C. Hecker, Agung Setianto, F.D. van der Meer

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Laser Return Intensity (LRI) holds excellent opportunity in helping to map lithology and discriminating rock units based on their reflectivity. To date, many rock types have been examined under a controlled environment using Terrestrial Lidar Scanning (TLS). However, the utilization of LRI for detection of rocks properties in a geothermal environment still has received less attention especially from Airborne Lidar Scanning (ALS). This study proposes a novel approach to map and characterize geothermal surface manifestations using airborne lidar return intensity. We use an airborne lidar dataset acquired by a Leica ALS70 above the geothermal field near Bajawa, Flores, Indonesia. The effects of scan angle and atmosphere on the resulting LRI images were investigated and where possible corrected for optimizing the positional and spectral information. Characterization of geothermal surface manifestation signatures based on altered volcanic rock reflectivity through LRI were validated by the ground truth observation and airborne thermal infrared imagery in Wawomuda and Mataloko, Bajawa. We will present an overview of the data corrections needed to evaluate the lidar return intensity values for detecting geothermal surface manifestations in the tropical mountainous environment.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 27 Oct 2021
EventWorld Geothermal Congress 2020+1 - Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 30 Mar 202127 Oct 2021


ConferenceWorld Geothermal Congress 2020+1
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  • LiDAR intensity
  • Airborne laser scanning
  • Geothermal surface manifestations


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