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Authors: Tank, V.*
Pfanz, H.*
Gemperlein, H.*
Strobl, P.*
Title: Infrared remote sensing of Earth degassing - Ground study
Issue Date: 2005
Series/Report no.: 48 (1)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2122/895
Keywords: mofettes
thermography
remote sensing
swarm earthquakes
CO2-gas emission
Abstract: Geodynamical processes e.g., volcanoes, often cause degassing at the Earth surface. The geogas emanates via mineral springs, water mofettes, or dry mofettes. It is assumed that the emerging gas influences the temperature of the spring or mofette water, respectively and the surface temperature of the soil at and around the dry gas vents. This causes a thermal anomaly in comparison to the close vicinity. Under specific conditions this effect should be extractable from remotely acquired infrared images allowing detection, mapping and monitoring of gas vents/springs within large areas and short times. This article describes preparatory investigations for which emanating Earth gas was simulated by leading compressed air into the ground and releasing it in some depth via a metal lance. The thermal effect at the surface was observed from a nearby thermovision camera in summer and winter under varying meteorological conditions. A procedure was developed to reliably identify gas release areas within the recorded thermal images of the scene. The investigations are aiming at studies to be performed later in the Western Bohemia (Czech Republic) earthquake swarm region where especially CO2 of magmatic origin from European SubContinental Mantle (ESCM) emanates.
Appears in Collections:04.04.11. Instruments and techniques
Annals of Geophysics

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