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Open-File Report 2008–1235

Airborne Hyperspectral Survey of Afghanistan 2007: Flight Line Planning and HyMap Data Collection

By Raymond F. Kokaly, Trude V.V. King, and K. Eric Livo

USGS Afghanistan Project Product No. 186


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Hyperspectral remote sensing data were acquired over Afghanistan with the HyMap imaging spectrometer (Cocks and others, 1998) operating on the WB–57 high altitude NASA research aircraft ( These data were acquired during the interval of August 22, 2007 to October 2, 2007, as part of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) project “Oil and Gas Resources Assessment of the Katawaz and Helmand Basins”. A total of 218 flight lines of hyperspectral remote sensing data were collected over the country. This report describes the planning of the airborne survey and the flight lines that were flown. Included with this report are digital files of the nadir tracks of the flight lines, including a map of the labeled flight lines and corresponding vector shape files for geographic information systems (GIS).

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Posted August 2008

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Suggested citation:

Kokaly, R.F., King, T.V.V., and Livo, K.E., 2008, Airborne Hyperspectral Survey of Afghanistan 2007: Flight Line Planning and HyMap Data Collection: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1235, 14 p.





Flight Line Planning

HyMap Data Collection in 2007

Digital Files


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