Integration of multispectral video and biogeochemical data for the assessment of hydrocarbon microseepage conditions in southwestern Alabama Academic Article uri icon


  • Biogeochemical analysis of soil and deciduous tree leaf samples collected over the Pollard oil field in southwestern Alabama indicates an increased availability of Mn in the near-surface environment, suggestive of hydrocarbon microseepage. Several statistically significant relationships support the premise that uptake of Mn by overlying trees is occurring, producing an increase in vegetation density at particular sites which should be identifiable on remotely sensed imagery. Preliminary work conducted to detect these sites using Landsat TM data had limited success in this case due to its relatively coarse spatial and spectral resolution. Further assessment, using higher resolution airborne multispectral video data, suggests that it has the potential to detect environmental conditions associated with hydrocarbon microseepage in this area. -Authors

published proceedings

  • Exploration, environment and engineering. Proc. ninth thematic conference on geologic remote sensing, Pasadena, 1993. 2 vols

author list (cited authors)

  • Cwick, G. J., Bishop, M. P., Howe, R. C., Mausel, P. W., Everitt, J. H., & Escobar, D. E

complete list of authors

  • Cwick, GJ||Bishop, MP||Howe, RC||Mausel, PW||Everitt, JH||Escobar, DE

publication date

  • January 1993