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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 8214801, 9 pages
Research Article

Research on Coal Exploration Technology Based on Satellite Remote Sensing

1Information Science & Engineering School, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004, China
2Control Technology College, Le Quy Don Technical University, Hanoi 100000, Vietnam
3College of Resources & Civil Engineering, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110004, China

Received 10 December 2015; Revised 6 April 2016; Accepted 18 April 2016

Academic Editor: Yu-Lung Lo

Copyright © 2016 Dong Xiao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Coal is the main source of energy. In China and Vietnam, coal resources are very rich, but the exploration level is relatively low. This is mainly caused by the complicated geological structure, the low efficiency, the related damage, and other bad situations. To this end, we need to make use of some advanced technologies to guarantee the resource exploration is implemented smoothly and orderly. Numerous studies show that remote sensing technology is an effective way in coal exploration and measurement. In this paper, we try to measure the distribution and reserves of open-air coal area through satellite imagery. The satellite picture of open-air coal mining region in Quang Ninh Province of Vietnam was collected as the experimental data. Firstly, the ENVI software is used to eliminate satellite imagery spectral interference. Then, the image classification model is established by the improved ELM algorithm. Finally, the effectiveness of the improved ELM algorithm is verified by using MATLAB simulations. The results show that the accuracies of the testing set reach 96.5%. And it reaches 83% of the image discernment precision compared with the same image from Google.