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Join ASD at the Decennial Mineral Exploration

October 19, 2017

Join ASD this October 22 – 25th in Toronto, Ontario, Canada for Exploration '17 – the conference of a decade!  Exploration '17 brings conference participants a tight technical program. This year’s theme is, “Integrating the Geosciences: The Challenge of Discovery,” and combines a multidisciplinary technical program, exhibition, and workshops.

ASD is proud to be an exhibitor and to invite you to demo a TerraSpec® 4 Standard Res and TerraSpec Halo Mineral Identifier at booth #610.  Learn how these instruments significantly speed exploration efforts, increase efficiency, improve analysis and decision making.

We look forward to seeing you at Exploration '17!


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Announcing Microsoft® Windows 10 Support for ASD Software

October 17, 2017

ASD has long been the gold standard in field spectroradiometers. ASD pioneered the science of field spectroscopy over 25 years ago and continues to lead the industry with the world's most trusted field-portable UV/Vis/NIR/SWIR spectroradiometers covering the full solar reflected spectrum.

ASD’s spectroradiometers and spectrometers are portable and deliver fast and accurate spectral measurements. These spectral measurements act as fingerprints, providing important data that leads to solutions in a variety of applications, such as:

  • Atmospheric research
  • Forestry, ecology and plant physiology studies
  • Light energy measurements
  • Spectroradiometric calibrations
  • Ingredient testing for dietary supplements and natural products
  • Lipid, protein and fatty acid analysis of grains and food products
  • Analyzing mineral content in soils

ASD is Offering a Promotion in the United States to Trade In and Trade Up Your Instrument!! You Must be in the US to Qualify

October 10, 2017


The portable Instant Display and Analysis Spectrometer (PIDAS) was developed at NASA JPL in the early 1980’s. This was the first use of fiber-optics for collection optics and also the first real-time display of the reflectance spectrum. The 2-second spectrum acquisition time was a major advance for field measurements. The weight (~70 lbs.), however, required strong young postdocs to carry PIDAS in the field. Brian Curtiss, a cofounder of ASD Inc., is shown here prior to travelling to Greenland to measure ancient rocks in glacial boulder fields. He returned uninjured.


How much is that old instrument worth? 

Trade-in your old, obsolete ASD instrument and/or other non-ASD qualifying spectrometer and save thousands $$ on the purchase of a new ASD instrument.

Now is the time to capitalize on the value of your obsoleted instrument, save thousands of dollars on a new purchase, and tap the innovation that makes ASD spectrometers the most trusted brand on the market today. 

Do you have an instrument from another manufacturer?

No problem! Most comparable brands are accepted.  


For United States Customers:

Through December 15, 2017 ASD is offering a 25% discount off a new ASD instrument with the trade-in of an old instrument - all instruments welcome!

Trade-in program details: 

  • Instruments purchased will be discounted 25%
  • The trade-in instrument does not have to be in operational condition - push, pull or drag what you have to us!
  • Discount applies to base instrument configuration only - accessories sold separately
  • Advertised program discounts are valid in the USA through ASD direct sales representatives only
  • Offer expires December 15, 2017


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


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October's ASD Webinar - Forensic Anthropology and Post-Mortem Bones

October 03, 2017


October's ASD webinar speaker is John Servello. John is a Forensic Anthropologist in the Center for Human Identification at the University of North Texas (UNT) Health Science Center (HSC) in Fort Worth, Texas. 

Prior to joining UNT, John worked as a Medicolegal Death Investigator for the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in Austin, Texas. John is currently pursuing his PhD in Biological Sciences at UNT in Denton, Texas (pending defense). 

John has taught laboratory courses for UNT-Denton in physical anthropology and human evolution, comparative vertebrate anatomy, and human anatomy and physiology. He is currently adjunct faculty at Brookhaven College in Dallas, where he teaches lecture and laboratory components for a course in physical anthropology and human evolution.

Along with NIR research applications in forensic anthropology, John’s prior research (MS work) involved thermal remote sensing and image analysis of simulated clandestine burials.

John is a 2014 winner of ASD's Goetz Instrument Support Program, which we are now accepting submissions for, through October 20th!


The October webinar focuses on the application study of forensic anthropology and on the analysis of post-mortem bones, and features ASD’s LabSpec® 4 Standard-Res Lab Analyzer

Call for Proposals - Borrow a Spectroradiometer / Spectrometer for your Research!

September 26, 2017


Do you need a spectroradiometer or a spectrometer for your spectral data field research? If so, Malvern Panalytical has two opportunities to submit proposals and receive free access to world-class ASD scientific instruments to support your research!

 2018 Goetz Instrument Support Program

2015 Goetz Program Awardee, Omar Vergara Diaz (University of Barcelona) uses the FieldSpec® 4

Join a distinguished list of former program recipients and further your research!

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! 


Learn more by inquiring today! Click on the button below!

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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! 


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