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16 May 2006 Rainfall degradation of LWIR disturbed soil signature
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Creating a minefield requires disturbing the soil. This disturbance alters the soil properties and processes in a measurable way. The U.S. Army is investigating techniques to exploit the altered properties of disturbed soil to assist in the detection of buried landmines. The differential quartz reststrahlen signatures between disturbed and undisturbed soil at the long wave infrared (LWIR) region have shown promise in past field tests.(1,3)We have initiated ground-based measurements using a non-imaging spectral sensor to investigate the phenomenology of LWIR disturbed soil signature. Our primary goal is to develop rainfall-dependent models to predict the degradation of the differential reststrahlen signature for varying soil types. A bare soil test site with strong quartz reststrahlen signature was selected for our initial investigation. The disturbed and undisturbed soil spectral signatures at the LWIR regions were obtained after multiple rain events using a Design and Prototypes field portable Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer. The intensity and total amount of rainfall were recorded using a high-resolution tipping-bucket rain gauge. In addition to these measurements, photomicrographs of the disturbed soil were obtained after rainfall events, and X-ray diffraction analyses were conducted to obtain detailed soil mineralogy of the test site. We present these results and discuss the changes in the spectral characteristics of disturbed soil as a function of rainfall amount and intensity.
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Gary Koh, Edwin M. Winter, and Miranda A. Schatten "Rainfall degradation of LWIR disturbed soil signature", Proc. SPIE 6217, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets XI, 62170G (16 May 2006);


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