Extrapolation of CRISM based spectral feature maps using CaSSIS four-band images with machine learning techniques
In: EGU General Assembly 2022
Spectroscopy provides important information on the surface composition of Mars. Spectral data can support studies such as the evaluation of potential (manned) landing sites as well as supporting determination of past surface processes. The CRISM instrument on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is a high spectral resolution visible infrared mapping spectrometer currently in orbit around Mars. It records 2D spatially resolved spectra over a wavelength range of 362 nm to 3920 nm. At present data collected covers less than 2% of the planet. Lifetime issues with the cryo-coolers prevents limits further data acquisition in the infrared band. In order to extend areal coverage for spectroscopic analysis in regions of major importance to the history of liquid water on Mars (e.g. Valles Marineris, Noachis Terra), we investigate whether data from other instruments can be fused to extrapolate spectral features in CRISMto these non-spectral imaged areas. The present work will use data from the CaSSIS instrument which is a high spatial resolution colour and stereo imager onboard the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO). CaSSIS returns images at 4.5 m/px from the nominal 400 km altitude orbit in four colours. Its filters were selected to provide mineral diagnostics in the visible wavelength range (400 – 1100 nm). It has so far imaged around 2% of the planet with an estimated overlap of ≲0.01% of CRISM data. This study introduces a two-step pixel based reconstruction approach using CaSSIS four band images. In the first step advanced unsupervised techniques are applied on CRISM hyperspectral datacubes to reduce dimensionality and establish clusters of spectral features. Given that these clusters contain reasonable information about the surface composition, in a second step, it is feasible to map CaSSIS four band images to the spectral clusters by training a machine learning classifier (for the cluster labels) using only CaSSIS datasets. In this way the system can extrapolate spectral features to areas unmapped by CRISM. To assess the performance of this proposed methodology we analyzed actual and artificially generated CaSSIS images and benchmarked results against traditional correlation based methods. Qualitative and quantitative analyses indicate that by this novel procedure spectral features of in non-spectral imaged areas can be predicted to an extent that can be evaluated quantitatively, especially in highly feature-rich landscapes.