Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) is an emerging application with only a few
well established service providers in the field. Many of the larger
companies that use HSI for oil exploration make use of in-house
expertise rather than outside service providers. However, there are
some key players in HSI. They are:
ESSI Inc, in Montana (USA)
"Earth Search Sciences, Inc. is a pioneer and leading collector of
airborne hyperspectral data. ESSI operates the state-of-the-art
Probe-1 hyperspectral airborne instrument from a Turbo Commander
HyVista Corp, in Australia
"HyVista Corporation's mission is to bring an end to end service to
customers requiring airborne hyperspectral surveys and to conduct such
surveys on a worldwide basis."
Orbimage, in Virginia (USA)
"Natural resource customers use information gathered by remote sensing
satellites for oil and gas exploration, large-scale farming and
fishing, forestry management, natural disaster assessment and other
environmental monitoring applications."
Note, that they are still developing their space-based HSI
capabilities; you will need to contact them directly to see if they
can offer the services to suit your particular needs.
A number of companies serve as value-added resellers in the HSI field;
that is, they do not provide their own HSI cababilities, but instead
coordinate service providers, data processors, graphics specialists,
training, and so on to offer full spectrum services. One of the key
companies here is Space Imaging in Colorado. They are on the web at:
Each of the sites above will fully explain company capabilities, and
can provide you with cost information, contacts, and any other
information you might need.
Lastly, I want to mention a report that, though a bit dated, is still
well worth checking out. It is the Hyperspectral Imagery Market
Forecast: 2000- 2005. It was prepared for the Air Force, and it is on
the web at:
The report includes an extensive discussion of both the strengths and
shortcomings of HSI as an exploration tool that should be of great
I hope this information meets your needs. I strive to provide the
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Clarification of Answer by
09 Jan 2003 08:05 PST
There's one more I'd like to add, since they have specific experience
in using HSI in the context of oil exploration, and they do offer
available HSI (and other remote sensing) images as part of their
Ellis GeoSpatial California (USA)
"Ellis GeoSpatial is committed to providing our clients with timely
and cost-effective images, maps, and databases for environmental,
engineering, and geologic applications. Efficiency is ensured by
partnering with other remote sensing and GIS professionals."
Some of the work they have been involved in can be seen in the
following documents, all available on line:
Exploring for onshore oil seeps with hyperspectral imaging (J.M.Ellis,
H.H.Davis, J.Zamudio): Oil & Gas Journal, 10 Sep 2001, vol. 99.37, p.
Searching for oil seeps and oil-impacted soil with hyperspectral
imagery (J.M.Ellis): Earth Observation Magazine, Jan 2001, p. 25-28
Crude findings - remote sensing and GPS aid hyperspectral detection
efforts (J.M.Ellis and M.B.Quinn): Point of Beginning, April 2001, p.
15 case histories (1986-2001) Mongolia, Kazakstan, Yemen, Colombia,
Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, Congo, Airborne Hyperspectral and
Multispectral Technology - Proceedings of the 5th-14th Applied
Geologic Remote Sensing Conferences
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