Geological Remote Sensing Group

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Our group studies the natural environment with optical and thermal infrared spectroscopy, hyperspectral remote sensing and geophysics, to build up increased understanding of earth processes in space and time. We use our expertise in geological remote sensing to help solving earth science problems and to support demands from industry.

Software and data products


Hyperspectral Python (HypPy) is a collection of tools for spectral analysis with Python. Most people will use this package in conjunction with software like IDL ENVI. The software is platform independent. More information and download


DISPEC is a tool for absorption feature analysis of single spectra from a spectral library. The tool is written in IDL and reads ENVI format spectral libraries. The software is platform independent. Download

Tutorial data download

Links to the data used in the DISPEC and Wavelength Mapper Tutorial Hecker, et al. (2019) Spectral Absorption Feature Analysis for Finding Ore: A tutorial on Using the Method in Geological Remote Sensing published in the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Magazine (DOI: 10.1109/MGRS.2019.2899193)

Proximal sensing case study. A hydrothermally altered granite pebble from a porphyry copper system. Download 

Remote sensing case study. Airborne AVIRIS-NG data Cuprite, NV. Atmospherically corrected L2 reflectance data acquired by JPL on 20140625. Link to data provider  

USGS Spectral Library Version7. All library spectra used in the tutorial were sources from this spectral library. Link to data provider