Geochemistry and Sedimentary Petrology
Department of Earth Sciences
6105 Fairchild Hall
Hanover, NH 03755
Office: 122 Fairchild
Office Phone: 603-646-2666
Office Fax: 603-646-3922
Lab: 113 Fairchild
Overview of Research:
I am involved in research using satellite remote sensing, image processing, and global positioning systems (GPS) for a variety of geologic and environmental applications. Remotely sensed data provide a unique way to view the earth's surface and the associated geologic and environmental processes. Satellite imagery provides a synoptic overview at scales not available through field work or conventional airphotos. The ability to image the earth at infrared wavelengths allows for spectral contrasts and discrimination beyond the visible; and the digital nature of satellite remotely sensed data allows for computer enhancements. Specific geologic research has focused on petroleum exploration in the Big Horn Basin, Wyoming; mineral exploration in the Pacific Northwest, Pakistan, and Brasil; and lithologic mapping in Greenland and India. More recently, the attention of the laboratory has turned to environmental projects in northern New England, including mapping of the clear-cutting history and ecotones related to biodiversity in the Northern Forest Lands and alpine tundra mapping in the above-tree-line areas of the Presidential range to develop indicators of possible global climate change.
Research Group Website: Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratory
Selected Recent Publications:
Bryant, E.S., Birnie, R.W., and Kimball, K.D., 1993, Practical method of mapping forest change over time using Landsat MSS data: A case study from Central Maine: Proceedings of 25th International Symposium, Remote Sensing a Global Environmental Change, April 4-8, 1993, Graz, Austria, Vol. II. p. 469-480.
Bammel, B.H. and Birnie, R.W., 1994, Spectral reflectance response of big sagebrush to hydrocarbon-induced stress in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming: Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. v.60, p. 87-96.
Bammel, B.H., Chamberlain, C.Page, and Birnie, R.W., 1994, Stable isotope evidence of vertical hydrocarbon microseepage, Little Buffalo Basin Oil Field, Big Horn Basin, Wyoming: Association of Petroleum Geochemical Explorationists, v.10, p. 1-23.
Wallace D., Birnie, R. W., and Gailits, E., 1997, Eyes On The Earth: Digital Filters: a 31 minute Videotape on the use of digital filters to enhance satellite data and their implications in art and math, Mathematics across the Curriculum, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.
Miller, A.B., Bryant, E.S., and Birnie, R.W., 1998, An analysis of land cover changes in the Northern Forest of New England using multitemporal Landsat MSS data: International Journal of Remote Sensing, v. 19, no 2, p. 245-266.