Temporal stability of mineral indices in a semi-arid area

H.M.A. van der Werff, J. Ettema, Akhil Sampatirao, R.D. Hewson

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The majority of geological remote sensing studies have been done in arid and semi-arid areas, leading to seamless compositional maps and a cross-continental geoscience product of Australia. A challenge remains when such products are to be made for continents with temperate and cultivated regions. For that, sensors with a continuous multitemporal operation such as Landsat 8 OLI and Sentinel-2 MSI may have to be used to reach an optimal seasonal acquisition. This paper tests the robustness of Sentinel-2 MSI spectral indices over a semi-arid area in southern Spain. Spectral indices (band ratios) for mapping green vegetation and iron oxide mineralogy were acquired over a 1-year period, which had alternating dry and wet periods. Results show that changing soil moisture and weather conditions over a period of 1 year affect the stability of spectral mineral indices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium IGARSS
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-0369-6
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-4762-1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2021
EventIEEE- International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium- IGARSS 2021 - Brussels, Virtual Conference
Duration: 12 Jul 202116 Jul 2021


ConferenceIEEE- International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium- IGARSS 2021
CityVirtual Conference
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