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ASD is Offering a US Federal Government Discount Promotion!

September 06, 2017

Through the end of this September, ASD is pleased to offer a US Federal Government discount promotion on the following NIR scientific instruments! 

You are invited to please help share awareness of our discount promotion by spreading the word to your colleagues and friends, and/or to contact us to learn more! 

 

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Ground Truthing and Calibration of UASs

August 30, 2017

 

Ground truthing and calibration of imagery obtained using unmanned aerial systems (UASs - also known as UAVs or drones)

The use of unmanned aerial systems (UASs) is growing rapidly in the field of remote sensing as a new and versatile tool for data acquisition in areas such as agricultural resource monitoring, soil characterization, and environmental monitoring. Specific examples where sensors mounted on UASs have provided useful results include water stress detection in agricultural crops, plant biomass and nitrogen content in crops and grasses, yield forecasting for crops like wheat and rice, rangeland management, leaf area index, NDVI and vineyard management.

UASs fill the gap between satellite imagery and ground-based spectroradiometers. One of the main benefits is that their low operating height enables the generation of very high spatial resolution imagery data for small areas, with some systems reaching resolutions of 1 cm per pixel. UASs also can have a shorter revisit period than satellite platforms and offer high temporal resolution and increased maneuverability to allow access to previously inaccessible areas or hazardous environments. Another benefit of UASs is the low operational costs compared with other methods. 

August's ASD Webinar - Secondary Minerals and Hydrothermal Vents

August 17, 2017

 

August's ASD webinar speaker is Dr. Francesco Sauro, the Director for the European Space Agency (ESA) PANGAEA program. Through the PANGAEA course, Francesco educates and trains European astronauts with introductory and practical knowledge of Earth and planetary geology to prepare them to become effective partners of planetary scientists and engineers in designing the next exploration missions. The course has the goal of giving astronauts a solid knowledge in the geology of the Solar System, and ASD's TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier has been used in this training and as part of this course.

QualitySpec Trek Report - ASD Goetz Instrument Support Program

August 02, 2017

Written By Leena Leppänen, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Arctic Research, Sodankylä, Finland. 2017 Winning Goetz Instrument Support Program Project Title: "Spectral reflectance of snow in Sodankylä, Finland" 

ASD's QualitySpec® Trek (QST) was used for reflectance measurements of natural snowpack in Sodankylä. A total of 163 spectrums were measured, including 6 test measurements in the beginning. Usually, measurements were made in Intensive Observation Area (IOA) where snow pit measurements are made weekly in addition to several automatic measurements of snow and meteorological properties (Figure 1).

 

Figure 1. IOA measurement field. Location of snow pit area is marked with red circle. Snow pits were made to the same area but different spot every measurement occasion. Snowpack is suspected to be homogenous in that area.

The manual snow pit measurements includes definition of layers and for each measurement of grain size and type, hardness and wetness, and density profile and specific surface area (SSA) profile with IceCube, snow depth and bulk snow water equivalent (SWE). Automatic snow measurements at the site are snow depth, SWE, snow temperature profile every 10 cm, and snowfall intensity with particle size. More information about snow pit measurements and snow conditions in Sodankylä can be found from Leppänen et al. 2016.

Vertical profiles from snowpack were measured with QST to research vertical variability of reflectance in snowpack (Figure 3a). Measurements were made approximately every 2-3 cm, and 4-5 cm in depth hoar layer where coarse grains existed. Snowpack surface was measured also from top (Figure 3b). Forest snow pit profiles were measured for research of horizontal spatial variability (Figures 2a, 2b).

ASD Will Be at IGARRS 2017 - Will you?

July 19, 2017

ASD will be joining other remote sensing and industry professionals July 23 – 28th at the 2017 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium in Fort Worth, Texas.

You are invited to stop by booth #42 to visit with Susan Parks and Don Campbell to see ASD’s instruments in action.  We’ll have the FieldSpec® HandHeld 2 and TerraSpec® Halo Mineral Identifier on hand to discuss why ground truthing with a spectrometer is the best method by far to get the most out of your imagery.  

We look forward to seeing you at booth #42 at the IGARSS Symposium! 

 

LabSpec® Applications Relevant for Many Industries - Part 2/2

July 12, 2017

ASD’s LabSpec® 4 laboratory analyzers are rapid-results analytical instrumentation that are ideal for precise spectral analysis of a wide range of materials - this is Part 2 of our blog on the many uses and applications of our LabSpec instrument! 

The LabSpec 4 laboratory analyzer , is used to verify raw materials and detect contaminants (for quality and purity, etc.) during production as well as post production.

Use of the LabSpec instrument, through its many and varied application uses, offers a value add to manufacturing and lab testing efforts by helping to cut down costs while increasing yields - it does this by creating no waste, no sample destruction and by its ability to measure multiple constituents in a single scan.

The ASD webinar series offers one complimentary webinar each month focusing on a different application use; the LabSpec instrument is our instrument of focus for the months of May-July.

LabSpec® Applications Relevant for Many Industries - Part 1 of 2

July 06, 2017

ASD’s LabSpec® 4 laboratory analyzers are rapid-results analytical instrumentation that are ideal for precise spectral analysis of a wide range of materials. 

Analytical instrumentation, like the LabSpec 4 laboratory analyzer , is used to verify raw materials and detect contaminants (for quality and purity, etc.) during production as well as post production.

The LabSpec line of instruments, through its many and varied application uses, offer a value add to manufacturing and lab testing efforts; use of the LabSpec instrument can help cut down costs while increasing yields by creating no waste, no sample destruction and by its ability to measure multiple constituents at the same time.

The ASD webinar series offers one complimentary webinar each month focusing on a different application use; the LabSpec instrument is our instrument of focus for the months of May-July.

Students in Mining and Energy Instrument Support Program Seeks Research Proposals

June 21, 2017

ASD is seeking and accepting submissions for the 5th annual Students in Mining & Energy TerraSpec® Instrument Program. The Students in Mining & Energy TerraSpec Instrument Program was established by ASD to enhance innovation in the mining industry through advances in mineral measurement analysis. ASD continues its tradition of challenging graduate students involved in mining, geology, energy or geothermal related research to submit their research projects for the 2018 calendar year.

June's ASD Webinar - NIR & Mosquito-Borne Diseases

June 08, 2017

Get out the bug spray! Mosquito season is upon us in Colorado and most of the US...

Join ASD at the GEOINT 2017 Symposium

May 31, 2017

The GEOINT 2017 Symposium will take place June 4-7 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas and ASD is excited to attend! 

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