Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
Solid Earth, 9, 373–384, 2018
Solid Earth, 9, 373–384, 2018

Research article 28 Mar 2018

Research article | 28 Mar 2018

Remote-sensing data processing with the multivariate regression analysis method for iron mineral resource potential mapping: a case study in the Sarvian area, central Iran

Edris Mansouri1, Faranak Feizi2, Alireza Jafari Rad1, and Mehran Arian1 Edris Mansouri et al.
  • 1Department of Geology, Science and Research branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran
  • 2Department of Mining Engineering, South Tehran branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

Abstract. This paper uses multivariate regression to create a mathematical model for iron skarn exploration in the Sarvian area, central Iran, using multivariate regression for mineral prospectivity mapping (MPM). The main target of this paper is to apply multivariate regression analysis (as an MPM method) to map iron outcrops in the northeastern part of the study area in order to discover new iron deposits in other parts of the study area. Two types of multivariate regression models using two linear equations were employed to discover new mineral deposits. This method is one of the reliable methods for processing satellite images. ASTER satellite images (14 bands) were used as unique independent variables (UIVs), and iron outcrops were mapped as dependent variables for MPM. According to the results of the probability value (p value), coefficient of determination value (R2) and adjusted determination coefficient (Radj2), the second regression model (which consistent of multiple UIVs) fitted better than other models. The accuracy of the model was confirmed by iron outcrops map and geological observation. Based on field observation, iron mineralization occurs at the contact of limestone and intrusive rocks (skarn type).