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River acid mine drainage sink by coastal tides: sediment and water mapping through hyperspectral HyMap data

Riaza, A. and Buzzi, J. and García-Meléndez, E. and Carrere, V. and Sarmiento, A. and Müller, Andreas (2012) River acid mine drainage sink by coastal tides: sediment and water mapping through hyperspectral HyMap data. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 33 (19), pp. 6163-6185. Taylor & Francis. DOI: 10.1080/01431161.2012.675454

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2012.675454


The Odiel River (Huelva, southwest Spain) carries acidic water originating from mine waste contamination, including massive sulphide ore deposits. As the river approaches the coastal estuary, tidal factors influence both sediment and water dynamics. As water velocity decreases, sediment load transport capacity also decreases, building river bars consisting of boulders upstream and sands downstream. Salt water near the estuary affects river water chemistry by neutralizing acidity derived from mine wastes. The occurrence of pyrite mud and hydrated iron sulphate efflorescence, precipitated from acidic waters, is plugged by marine water with chloride, which precipitates from the salt water. Hymap airborne hyperspectral data were used to evaluate tidal influence using spectral features. Grain size variations on river pebble bars, localized crusts of variably hydrated iron sulphate and oxides and cation exchange with chloride salts in the lower river segment as it enters the estuary were spectrally described and mapped. The presence of vegetation proved particularly problematic for the spectral identification of contamination products as well as the precise delineation of inundated areas along the river. The transition from dry to wet zones is the crucial challenge in using spectral imagery to identify and track contaminants in the river and along its flood plain. The use of a reference mineralogical spectral library, developed in the laboratory, requires a careful geological context evaluation to provide efficient environmental information on contamination parameters. Based on hyperspectral analyses of critical spectral features, river locations that may be a key for tracing significant, future contaminant fluctuations were identified.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/75567/
Document Type:Article
Title:River acid mine drainage sink by coastal tides: sediment and water mapping through hyperspectral HyMap data
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
García-Meléndez, E.Universidad de LeonUNSPECIFIED
Carrere, V.Université de NantesUNSPECIFIED
Sarmiento, A.Universidad de HuelvaUNSPECIFIED
Müller, Andreasandreas.mueller (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:20 April 2012
Journal or Publication Title:International Journal of Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1080/01431161.2012.675454
Page Range:pp. 6163-6185
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Keywords:Imaging Spectroscopy, acid mine drainage, river contamination
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben Prozesse der Landoberfläche (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Deposited By: Müller, Andreas
Deposited On:11 Jun 2012 10:37
Last Modified:18 Apr 2013 11:31

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