Finding Gold from Space

Leveraging Shortwave Infrared for Mineral Detection


People have been looking for gold for thousands of years.

Finding gold on the Earth’s surface is not as easy as following the rainbow. Gold is rare. In fact, it is estimated that its abundance in the Earth’s crust is only about 0.00000031 percent.

How do we find something so rare?

Worldview-3 shortwave infrared capabilities enable detection and identification of indicator minerals, which can lead to potential mineral ores or sub-surface deposits of elusive elements like gold.

About the Speaker

Bill Baugh, Principal Scientist, DigitalGlobe

Bill Baugh is a Principal Scientist at DigitalGlobe with a masters degree in geology from the University of Colorado Boulder. He previously held the position of associate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), and has served the industry for over 20 years. His current focus is on leveraging new spectral capabilities of WorldView-3 to create practical applications.

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