Dear Colleagues,

Remote sensing technology plays a vital role in the initial stages of ore mineral exploration. Increasing demands for minerals by society due to the exponential growth in population and industrialization emphasize the need for replenishing depleting reserves by locating new prospective ore deposits. In recent decades, hydrothermal alteration mineral detection has become one of the most conspicuous applications of multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing satellite data for ore mineral exploration. Numerous ore deposits such as orogenic gold, porphyry copper, massive sulfide, epithermal gold, podiform chromite, uranium, magnetite and iron oxide copper-gold (IOCG) deposits have been successfully prospected and discovered using remote sensing satellite imagery in the metallogenic provinces and frontier areas around the world. The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), Landsat data series, the Advanced Land Imager (ALI), Worldview-3, Hyperion, HyMap and the Airborne Visible/IR Image Spectrometer (AVIRIS) multispectral and hyperspectral data support cost-effective techniques for ore mineral exploration around the world. Advanced image processing algorithms based on state-of-the-art data extraction techniques can be implemented for detecting key alteration minerals associated with a variety of ore deposits. Analytical spectral device (ASD) spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis in conjunction with remote sensing data can provide comprehensive information about the alteration zones and mineral assemblages associated with ore mineralizations. Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data contain a high potential for structural analysis and mapping in metallogenic provinces. On the other hand, human-induced change in the form of mine excavation, mine tailing, mine waste and acid runoff requires particular monitoring by remote sensing satellite data. Environmental pollution mapping and monitoring of mined areas are the main challenges that need to be addressed for future sustainability and environmental management in metallogenic provinces.    

The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Hydrothermal alteration mineral mapping
  • Porphyry copper prospecting
  • Reflectance and emission spectroscopy of phyllosilicates
  • Geothermal potential mapping
  • Spectral mapping alghorithm analysis and development
  • New pixel- and sub-pixel-based image analysis techniques
  • Environmental monitoring of mined areas
  • Detecting toxic pollution related to mine excavation, mine tailing, mine waste and acid runoff
  • Recent advances in remote sensing information fusion for mineral exploration
  • Real-world case studies of mineral prospecting in inaccessible regions using remote sensing data
  • Geological mapping and mineral exploration in Antarctica and the Artic
  • Hyperspectral data analysis for mineral detection
  • GIS and remote sensing integration for mineral exploration modeling
  • Integration of multispectral and hyperspectral data for mineral mapping
  • Application of SAR data for structural mapping in metallogenic provinces
  • Raman spectroscopy for mineral detection
  • Characterization of recently-launched satellite sensors for mineral detection
  • Interpretation of ASD spectroscopy and XRD analysis for mineral exploration
  • Regional lithological and geological mapping using satellite remote sensing data
  • Listvenite mapping in orogenic systems
  • Reflectance spectroscopy of rocks and minerals
  • Mineral mapping using airborne hyperspectral data
  • Application of automatic target detection algorithms for hyperspectral imagery

Dr. Amin Beiranvand Pour
Prof. Dr. Basem Zoheir
Prof. Dr. Biswajeet Pradhan
Prof. Dr. Mazlan Hashim
Guest Editors

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  • Remote sensing 
  • Earth observations 
  • Ore mineral exploration 
  • Multispectral and hyperspectral remote sensing data 
  • Hydrothermal alteration minerals 
  • Reflectance and emission spectroscopy 
  • Spectral mapping algorithms 
  • ASTER remote sensing data 
  • Landsat data series 
  • Hyperion

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Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019