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Join us for our next free webinar - Analyzing and Groundtruthing Soil Characteristics

August 23, 2016

Our 2016 webinar series focuses on one ASD spectroscopy application each month.

If you haven't watched each of our previous webinars, visit our webinar recordings page to see what you missed. Some of our past topics include: NIR, Metamorphic Petrology, and Remote Sensing, On-orbit Sensor Absolute Radiometric Calibration for Earth Remote Sensing, and Adventures in Albedo.

This September, our webinar focuses on the application of soil characteristics. 

In this webinar you will learn:

  • How (and why) water alters the spectral reflectance of soil
  • The importance of the location of water in the soil
  • Nutrient and organic matter analysis of soil
  • UAS sensor calibration using an ASD instrument
  • Groundtruthing a UAS sensor using an ASD instrument

ASD's LabSpec helps in the fight against Zika and Dengue

August 12, 2016

An article in The Atlantic talks about how the release of Wolbachia-infected Aedes aegypti mosquitos can be used to control the spread of the Dengue and Zika virus. For Dengue, strains of the Wolbachia bacterium greatly reduces the likelihood that Aedes mosquitoes carry the dengue virus; if the bacterium infects enough of the wild mosquito population, it may eliminate Aedes mosquitoes as a means of dengue transmission. Similar work has shown a reduction in the Zika virus in Wolbachia-infected Aedes aegypti mosquitos. The monitoring of the percentage of the natural population that is Wolbachia-infected is key to ensuring that the wild mosquito population is adequately infected with Wolbachia. This is where ASD's field portable LabSpec NIR analyzer comes in... 

Join us for our next free webinar - How to Effectively Comply with Raw Material Identification and Purity Requirements without Losing Your Bottom Line

August 09, 2016

Our 2016 webinar series focuses on one ASD spectroscopy application each month.

If you haven't watched each of our previous webinars, visit our webinar recordings page to see what you missed. Some of our past topics include: NIR, Metamorphic Petrology, and Remote Sensing, On-orbit Sensor Absolute Radiometric Calibration for Earth Remote Sensing, and Adventures in Albedo.

This August, our webinar focuses on the application of raw material analysis. 

In this webinar you will learn:

  • A raw material analysis application solution showcasing the use of NIR in testing system design and compliance review
  • Best practices to identify adulterants in raw materials and identify finished products for compliance using an ASD instrument
  • An example of the successful development of a unique library featuring more than 4000 validated reference standards for rapid non- destructive identification analysis using ASD software and spectrometers

And now, a round of applause for our 2016 Students in Mining and Energy awardees!

June 07, 2016

Four students were selected from a group of applicants for inclusion in the 2016 Students in Mining and Energy TerraSpec Instrument Program.

Two students will be granted the temporary use of a TerraSpec® 4 Hi-Res mineral spectrometer system, which includes The Spectral Geologist (TSG®) Pro mineral analysis software. The other two students will receive temporary use of the TerraSpec Halo mineral identifier, the all-in-one mineral analysis system that allows you to immediately identify alteration minerals with a simple pull of a trigger.

High throughput precision phenotyping (HTPP) in durum wheat: physiological basis and tools for selection - Goetz Program Report

May 25, 2016

By Omar Vergara Diaz, PhD candidate; Dr. Shawn Carlisle Kefauver, post-doctoral researcher; Dr. Jose Luis Araus, professor. Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Barcelona, Spain.

A FieldSpec 4 equipment was kindly provided by ASD Alexander Goetz Instrument Program and it was intended for supporting our studies of the ecophysiological and agronomic characterisation of durum wheat in field conditions. The general objective of our research is to develop high-throughput phenotyping techniques and to deepen the physiological and molecular basis involved in the adaptive response of durum wheat across a wide range of environmental conditions.

For this aim, a panel of 24 semi-dwarf genotypes (post- Green Revolution) of durum wheat marketed in Spain over the past four decades are used as a retrospective study. The panel was cultivated under conditions of rainfed and supplemental irrigation at two field stations in Colmenar de Oreja (Madrid) belonging to the National Institute for Agricultural and Food Research and Technology (INIA) of Spain, in Zamadueñas (Valladolid) belonging to the Castilla y León Institute of Technology and Agriculture (ITACyL) and in rainfed conditions in Coria del Río (Seville) also belonging to INIA. Thus a wide range of latitudes was covered from northern to southern Spain.

Introducing the revamped ASD website!

May 11, 2016

Over a year ago we initiated a project, reexamining our website. In order to better understand where we stood, an independent user survey was conducted to identify areas of strengths and weaknesses and to provide a foundation for a broader web upgrade strategy. Surveyed users included customers, first-time visitors, our channel partners and ASD employees.

Studying Mars mineralogy with an ASD FieldSpec - on Earth

April 20, 2016

By Dr. Jessica Flahaut (Laboratoire de Géologie de Lyon, France), Dr. Janice Bishop (SETI Institute, California), Mélissa Martinot (VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Nicci Potts (the Open University, United Kingdom and 2015 Goetz Program awardee), Dr. Simone Silvestro (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica, Italy) and collaborators G.R. Davies, D. Tedesco, I. Daniel and C. Quantin (see references).

This project was funded by a NWO (Netherlands Science Organization) VENI fellowship attributed to Dr. Jessica Flahaut. Dr. Janice Bishop is grateful for support from the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

The identification and characterization of hydrated minerals, within ancient aqueous environments on Mars, are a high priority for determining the past habitability of the red planet. Few studies, however, have focused on characterizing entire mineral assemblages as this is often difficult to determine from remote sensing data, even though this could aide our understanding of past environments. This is especially true for the sulfate-rich deposits, which are thought to mark a transition to more acidic conditions at the Martian surface about 3.5 Ga. This transition would coincide with a period of global climate change. As a result, quantitative constraints on Martian habitability during the ‘Mars global change’ era remain poor.

Introducing the Australian Service Center for ASD Instruments!

April 12, 2016

We are pleased to announce the launch of an Australian service center for ASD instrumentation. The service center, located in the Copacabana, Australia office of Portable Analytical Solutions Pty Ltd (PAS), our Australian partner, is equipped to perform ASD maintenance that has traditionally only been available to Australian customers from our Colorado, USA-based office.

Interested in sensor calibration? Join us for our April webinar!

March 31, 2016

This April, our webinar focuses on the specific application of Sensor Calibration.

Earth-observing sensors provide measurements for a wide range of climate and environmental studies. It is critical that these sensors and associated data products remain calibrated in order to achieve synergy among coexisting sensors as well as temporally throughout generations of sensors.

Application Roundup: Mapping alteration in drill core, remote sensing and vegetation mapping with a FieldSpec spectroradiometer

March 03, 2016

Mapping alteration in geothermal drill core using a field portable spectroradiometer

This paper, by long time ASD customer Wendy Calvin, describes how an ASD's FieldSpec® spectroradiometer has been used to analyze drill cores in geothermal systems. These types of drill holes are typically used in early-stage geothermal exploration and help to locate geothermal resources for energy generation (see the paper's introduction section for a good summary of the application). While in this case a FieldSpec was used, this would be a better fit for a TerraSpec® 4 plus TSG® software or a TerraSpec Halo. Here is the abstract:

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