Environmental mapping of the World Trade Center area with imaging spectroscopy after the September 11, 2001 attack

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Abstract

The Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) was flown over the World Trade Center area on September 16, 18, 22, and 23, 2001. The data were used to map the WTC debris plume and its contents, including the spectral signatures of asbestiform minerals. Samples were collected and used as ground truth for the AVARIS mapping. A number of thermal hot spots were observed with temperatures greater than 700 °C. The extent and temperatures of the fires were mapped as a function of time. By September 23, most of the fires observed by AVIRIS had been eliminated or reduced in intensity. The mineral absorption features mapped by AVARIS only indicated the presence of serpentine mineralogy and not if the serpentine has asbestiform.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Environmental mapping of the World Trade Center area with imaging spectroscopy after the September 11, 2001 attack
ISBN 9780841239166
DOI 10.1021/bk-2006-0919.ch004
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher American Chemical Society
Publisher location Washington, D.C.
Description 18 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Urban Aerosols and Their Impacts
First page 66
Last page 83
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N