Mineral abundance mapping using hyperion dataset in Udaipur, India

Mineral abundance mapping using hyperion dataset in Udaipur, India


Salaj. S. S. and Dr. Prabhakaran
PSNA College of Engineering and Technology, Dindigul
E-mail: [email protected]

Richa Upadhyay and Dr. S. K. Srivastav
Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun

As part of the US New Millennium Program, the launch of the EO-1 satellite platform in November 2000 introduced hyperspectral sensing of the earth from space through its hyperion system (Pearlman,et al., 1999 and Liao et al., 2000) albeit as a scientific experiment. Hyperspectral sensors represent one of the most important technological trends in remote sensing, which combine imaging and spectroscopy in a single system. The system includes datasets composed of large (about 100 to 200) spectral bands of relatively narrow bandwidths (5-20 nm). Hyperspectral remote sensing, measuring hundreds of spectral bands from aircraft and satellite platforms, provides unique spatial/spectral datasets for analysis of surface mineralogy (Goetz et al., 1985; Kruse et al., 2003). These data allow mapping of key iron mineralogy such as hematite, goethite and jarosite as well as alteration minerals such as kaolinite, dickite, alunite and sericite (Clark et al., 1990).

Different minerals have a unique reflectance and absorption pattern across different wave-length. So, minerals can be uniquely identified. Two main causes for the absorption features include electric processes and vibrational processes. Hyperion uses two atmospheric windows, VNIR and SWIR, for mapping surface mineralogy because these wave-lengths are sensitive to a wide range of diagnostic EMR-material interactions.

The primary aims and objectives of the present work is to understand EO-1 hyperion data processing and spectral analysis for mineral abundance mapping in part of Udaipur district, Rajasthan state (in India), and to find greater application of hyperspectral remote sensing techniques in mineral exploration. This study attempts to map the various minerals present in the exposed rock surface in the study area.

Study area
The study area is a part of Udaipur District, Rajasthan, India. The area is located southwest of Udaipur City covering a part of Hindustan Zinc Limited – Zawar Mines area. The extent of the study area is from 73° 33’ 25” E to 73° 42’ 53” E and 24° 09’ 34” N to 24° 31’ 40” N covering 303.43 sq km. Udaipur District is one of the 33 districts of Rajasthan state in western India. Udaipur District is bounded on the northwest by the Aravalli Range, across which lie the districts of Sirohi and Pali.The Udaipur city of Rajasthan comes under the semi-arid terrain with negligible amount of vegetation. Geologically the region comes under the Pre-Cambrian era of the geological time scale.

Figure 1- Study area (Udaipur), Hyperion (FCC 47 28 15)

Geological setting
The geological setting of Udaipur area is not only unique in the state but also shows wide complexity. It is considered as one of the “type area” of the Aravali Super group of rock. The study area broadly has two main stratigraphic units i.e. rocks of Aravali Supergroup and pre-Aravali Formations. Aravali Supergroup of rocks around Udaipur city shows a high degree of structural complexity and polyphase deformation history. However at some places (near Fatehsagar) the graywacke and phyllite rocks are not metamorphosed or deformed and display some typical sedimentary characters like ripple marks, mud cracks, rain prints etc.

Figure 2-Geological map of Udaipur study area Modified after S.Sinha-Roy et. al

Data used & methodology

The following data was used for the study:

  1. Hyperion Level 1R and Level 1Gst images
  2. Geological Map of the Study Area (Figure-2)
  3. Spectral Library (USGS)

Hyperion data onboard EO-1 satellite acquired on 19.01.2004 is used for this study. The product is distributed by USGS, and the Hyperion Level 1R data, which is only radiometrically corrected is used for the current study.Hyperion collects 242 unique spectral channels ranging from 0.357 to 2.576 micrometers with a 10-11 nm bandwidth.Level 1Gst dataset is radiometrically and geometrically corrected data. It is also terrain corrected. This dataset is having same details as level1R data. It was used for geometric correction of L1R data. The overall methodology which was adopted for this study was illustrated in the Figure 3.

Figure 3 ‐ The Flow Diagram of Methodology

Data pre-processing
Hyperspectral data poses challenges to image interpretation, because of high data volume, redundancy in information, need for calibration, and dimensionality problem. The raw Hyperion image is having certain errors arising due to atmosphere or malfunctioning of sensor mechanism. The errors are said to be caused due to calibration differences in the detector array (Goodenough et al., 2003). Some of the bands, particularly in lower and upper ends of the spectral range exhibit poor signal to noise ratio. As a result, during level 1 processing, only 198 bands are calibrated. The apparent strips are frequently found in several bands. To reduce the errors caused by the stripping effect, all spectral bands are screened and manually rejected a total of 54 bands with apparent stripping effects from VNIR + SWIR spectral range. A spatial subset was taken to focus on the study area.

Correction for bad columns
The raw image has some dark and bright columns occurring due to change in the calibration or failure of some detectors in the CCD array at the time of capturing the image. The scan line dropout or stripping errors should be removed before atmospheric corrections. The bad columns were replaced by taking average of the previous and next column.

Atmospheric correction using FLAASH module
Solar radiation is affected by its path through the atmospheric absorption and scattered in the combined Sun-surface-sensor. The radiance obtained by a sensor is modified by the atmosphere as well as by the earth’s surface. Because of this, spectral imagery includes information about the atmosphere and the earth’ surface. Atmospheric correction ( or compensation) of spectral imagery refers to the retrieval of surface reflectance spectra from measured radiances. Spectral imagery of the Earth’s surface from airborne or space platforms can be used to fullest advantage only when the effects of the atmosphere (e.g., from aerosol, water vapour, etc.) have been removed and the data are reduced to units of reflectance. In collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory and other US Government agencies, SSI has developed a state-of-the-art,first-principles atmospheric removal (or “correction”) algorithm called FLAASH ( Fast Line-of-sight Atmospheric Analysis of Spectral Hypercubes). FLAASH handles data from a variety of HSI and MSI sensors, supports off-nadir as well as nadir viewing, and incorporates algorithms for water vapour and aerosol retrieval and adjacency effect correction (Matthew et al.,2000).

FLAASH requires the input radiance image containing calibrated radiance data in a floating point, long integer (4-byte signed), or integer (2-byte signed or unsigned) data type having units W/cm² * nm* steradian. The image should have BIL or BIP format. To convert the raw image into radiance units all the VNIR bands should be divided by a scale factor 40 and the SWIR bands by 80. For inputting the image in FLAASH those band should be divided by 400.0 and 800.0 respectively. A text file containing array of 400.0 for first 70 VNIR bands and 800.0 for the 172 SWIR bands was created and used at the time of inputting the image in FLAASH.

Hyperspectral analysis
The following procedures of hyperspectral analysis were employed, including the Minimum Noise Fraction (MNF) transformation for reducing spectral data, the Pixel Purity Index (PPI) for identifying those extreme or spectrally pure pixels, and the n-Dimensional Visualizer for de- termining the endmember directly from the image. Mixture Tune Matched Filtering and Spectral Angle Mapper (SAM) were applied to estimate abundances of each endmember to produce final map.

Minimum noise fraction
The minimum noise fraction (MNF) transformation determines the inherent dimensionality of image data, to segregate noise in the data, and to reduce the computational requirements for subsequent processing. This is a two step process. The first step results in transformed data in which the noise has unit variance and no band-to-band correlations. The second step is a standard Principal Components transformation of the noise-whitened data.

Pixel purity index (PPI)
The Pixel Purity Index (PPI) is a means of finding the most “spectrally pure,” or extreme, pixels in multispectral and hyperspectral images (Boardman et al., 1995). The most spectrally pure pixels typically correspond to mixing endmembers. PPI is computed by repeatedly projecting n-dimensional (n-D) scatter plots onto a random unit vector. ENVI records the extreme pixels in each projection are recorded-those pixels that fall onto the ends of the unit vector and it notes the total number of times each pixel is marked as extreme. A PPI image is created where each pixel value corresponds to the number of times that pixel was recorded as extreme. The PPI is typically run on an MNF transform result; excluding the noise bands. PPI was calculated with 10000 iterations and a threshold factor in the data unit was set to 2.5 for extreme pixel selection.

The results of the PPI are used as input into n-D Visualiser.

The n-dimensional visualiser
To further refine the selection of the most spectrally pure end members from the derived two dimensional PPI image and more importantly, to label them with specific end member types (i.e., to assign these end members to spe- cific mineral types), it is essential to re-examine visually the selected pixels in the n-dimensional feature space and to assign them manually to appropriate types(Boardman and Kruse,1994).The selected classes were exported to Region of Interest(ROI) and used as input for further spectral processing.

Spectral angle mapping
Spectral angle mapper (SAM) is a procedure that determines the similarity between a pixel and each of the reference spectra based on the calculation of the “spectral angle” between them (Boardman and Kruse,1994). This method treats both (the questioned and known) spectra as vectors and calculates the spectral angle between them (Figure 4). It works on images with apparent reflectance and determines the similarity between two spectra by calculating the “spec- tral angle” between them, treating them as vectors in a space with dimensionality equal to the number of bands. A smaller angle means a closer match between the two spectra and the pixel is identified as the fixed class. SAM determines the similarity of an unknown spectrum t to a reference spectrum r, by applying the following equation.

Figure 4 showing the SAM algorithm

Mixture tuned matched filtering
Matched Filtering removes the requirement of knowing all of the endmembers by maximizing the response of a known endmember and suppressing the response of the composite unknown background, thus matching the known signature (Chen and Reed, 1987; Stocker et al., 1990; Yu et al., 1993; Harsanyi and Chang, 1994). It provides a rapid means of detecting specific minerals based on matches to specific library or image endmember spectra. This technique produces images similar to the unmixing, but with significantly less computation and without the requirement to know all the endmembers. Mixture-Tuned Matched Filtering (MTMF) is a hybrid method based on the combination of well-known signal processing methodologies and linear mixture theory (Boardman, 1998). This method combines the strength of the Matched Filter method (no requirement to know all the endmembers) with physical constraints imposed by mixing theory (the signature at any given pixel is a linear combination of the individual components contained in that pixel). MTMF uses linear spectral mixing theory to constrain the result to feasible mixtures and to reduce false alarm rates (Boardman, 1998).

Results & discussion
The forward MNF transformation was performed on 144 bands of preprocessed image to reduce the dimensionality of the data. The first eight eigenbands were selected containing most of the spectral information. Therefore, they were used to determine the pure pixels in the Hyperion image using PPI procedure. PPI was calculated with 10000 iterations and a threshold factor of 2.5 for extreme pixel selection. From the PPI image, the purest pixels were selected by giving a threshold of 200. A total of 460 pixels were shortlisted and converted to Region of Interest. These pixels were used for further processing. The spectra of pure pixels were plot into an n-dimensional scatter plot to determine the endmembers. The resampled USGS mineral library is used through spectral analyst to identify the material of the endmembers extracted from N-D Visualizer. The Spectral Angle Mapper and Spectral Feature Fitting techniques were used for the identification. Equal weightage was given to both the techniques and the mineral with maximum score for matching was identified as the material for that endmember. The pixel clusters for each material were refined and finalized by checking spectral profiles of each and every pixel in the cluster.Finally four minerals were identified through the process and they are Grossularite, Pyrite, Calcite and Andradite. The spectral profiles of the endmember minerals were used for abundance mapping are shown in the following figure-5.

Figure-5 Spectral profiles of Endmembers

Mixture Tune Matched Filtering and Spectral Angle Mapper (SAM) were applied to estimate abundances of each endmember to produce final map. Mixture Tune Matched Filtering gave good results in mapping the endmembers while SAM has given intermixing of endmembers in study area.The mineral abundance map of each endmembers is shown in the figure-6

Figure-6 Mineral abundance maps for Grossularite,Calcite,Pyrite,Andradite

To locate the best places for each mineral, a combined map was prepared using rule classifier wherein threshold values of each end members was used. The final mineralogical map created from the abundance maps using Rule Classifier is shown in the figure-7.

Topography, vegetation along with the use of reference spectra from the standard spectral libraries which differ to a large extent from the spectra of actual minerals in the field conditions, has led to some amount of misclassification. Hence the output mineral map shows many ‘false positives’ along with the correct results.

The study illustrates that Hyperion data is useful for identifying mineral abundances and mapping the geological characteristics.Minerals identified are in accordance with the ground lithology, but the spatial distribution of those minerals in the map is affected by topographic disturbances and presence of vegetation. In conclusion, it can be said that the low signal to noise ratio of Hyperion and presence of smile effect in the image and the use of laboratory spectra of these minerals from the standard spectral libraries as the reference affected the classification results and their accuracies.


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