An exploratory study on the effect of petroleum hydrocarbon on soils using hyperspectral longwave infrared imagery

Ran Pelta, Eyal Ben-Dor

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Abstract

Manmade crude oil contamination, which has negative impacts on the environment and human health, can be found in various ecosystems all over the globe. Hyperspectral remote sensing (HRS) is an efficient tool to investigate this crude oil contamination where its electromagnetic spectrum is analyzed. This exploratory study used an innovative HRS imagery sensor to study the effect of petroleum hydrocarbon (PHC), found in crude oil, on the spectrum of soils across the longwave infrared (LWIR 8-12 μm) spectral region. This contrasts with previous studies that focused on shortwave and midwave infrared (SWIR 1-2.5 and MWIR 3-8 μm, respectively) regions. An outdoor HRS image of three different types of soils, contaminated with 11 PHC concentrations, was processed and analyzed. Since PHC is spectrally featureless in the LWIR region, the analysis focused on the spectral alteration of the dominant minerals in the soils. Good evaluation metrics of R2 > 0.83 and a root-mean-squared-error (RMSE) between 1.06 and 1.33 wt % showed that the PHC level can be predicted with relatively good accuracy, even without direct spectral features of crude oil PHC, using an airborne LWIR camera in field conditions. This study can be used as a proof of concept for future airborne remote sensing of PHC-contaminated soils.

Original languageEnglish
Article number569
JournalRemote Sensing
Volume11
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2019

Keywords

  • Crude oil
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Hyperspectral remote sensing
  • LWIR
  • Soil pollution

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