Dr. Richard Gloaguen
Head of the Exploration Department 

Phone: +49 351 260 - 4424

Eye catcher

Geological Remote Sensing

Remote sensing includes all methods that indirectly measure and evaluate reflectance, morphology and vegetation on the earth’s surface. The main goal of remote sensing or aerial photography is to filter out geologically relevant parameters from such data – for example, the specific spectral characteristics of minerals in the infrared range.

Auf ihrer Expeditionsreise nach Westgrönland (Kangerluarsuk Fjord) setzen HIF-Wissenschaftler auch eine Hyperspektralkamera, Modell AisaFenix vom Hersteller Specim, ein.
Kangerluarsuk Fjord, West Greenland. During their stay, HIF scientists used drones and the  hyperspectral camera AisaFenix from Specim.
Photo: Robert Zimmermann

The Department of Exploration conducts its research in this specialized field of remote sensing and uses multi- and hyperspectral satellite, airplane or drone data in addition to camera scans of (sub-)vertical outcrops in the range of visible light to thermal-infrared radiation (VNIR, SWIR, TIR). The Exploration Department also works with laser and radar data to calculate surface models and to derive geomorphological values. When combined into a composite model, these multi-scale and multi-source data become a powerful tool in assessing the potential of natural mineral deposit. In this field, the Department of Exploration works closely with the Department of Modelling and Valuation as well as the Department of Analytics.

Applied Methods

  • Lithological mapping (classification)
  • Mineral mapping (linear and non-linear algorithms)
  • Spatial geostatistics and statistical prediction mapping
  • Geomorphological and tectonic analysis of digital elevation models (DEM)

Selected Publications

  • Jakob, S., Gloaguen, R., Laukamp, C.
    "Remote Sensing-Based Exploration of Structurally-Related Mineralizations around Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia.", Remote Sensing, 2016
     DOI-Link: 10.3390/rs8050358
  • K. Laakso, J. M. Peter, B. Rivard, H. P. White 
    "Short-Wave Infrared Spectral and Geochemical Characteristics of Hydrothermal Alteration at the Archean Izok Lake Zn-Cu-Pb-Ag Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide Deposit, Nunavut, Canada: Application in Exploration Target Vectoring", Economic Geology, 2016
    DOI-Link: 10.2113/econgeo.111.5.1223
  • Zimmermann, R., Brandmeier, M., Andreani, L., Mhopjeni, K., Gloaguen, R.
    "Remote Sensing Exploration of Nb-Ta-LREE-Enriched Carbonatite (Epembe/Namibia)", Remote Sensing, 2016
    DOI-Link: 10.3390/rs8080620