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Department of Geology and Geophysics|Research

Geophysics and Seismology


Remote Sensing

The remote sensing program at the University of Wyoming finds application in many different areas. In 2001 we updated classroom and laboratory facilities with the latest equipment and software. A full range of photo interpretation, image processing, and photogrammetric tools are available.

Research in remote sensing spans many topics. Some are interdisciplinary. For example, in the area of climate and the environment, the assessment of eolian patterns served as a basis for a regional estimate of wind-energy potential and paleo climatic history of the central Wyoming wind corridor. Another study examined fluvial and lacustrine deposits with regard to paleoclimate and recent tectonism. Glacial deposits and periglacial features are also being interpreted to help understand the interrelationship of paleogeography and paleoclimate in this area.

Application of multi-spectral remote sensing and field mapping to mineral and petroleum exploration has been an area of continuing interest. Such studies use spectral data to detect surface geochemical and thermal anomalies related to near-surface mineral deposits, subsurface petroleum accumulations, and unusual environmental conditions. Other studies apply these same procedures to planning and monitoring reclamation efforts.

Fields of interest:

Structure, Geomorphology, Stratigraphy, Resource Assessment, Hydrology, Petroleum Exploration, Mineral Exploration, Geologic & Mineral Mapping.

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