Quantitative Spectral Characterization of Background Spectra using full Spectrum Hyperspectral Image Data

Affiliation(s) PI Project period Funded by
DEES Sabol, Donald E. Jr. 09/15/2008 - 09/14/2012 University of Nevada, Reno

Project Description

This project is to investigate a hyspectral reflectance and thermal emittance data set that is georeferenced to approximately 1-meter over the Beatty area of southern Nevada. The research will also investigate similar data acquired over mines in eastern California and northern Nevada that have mineral species of importance to monitoring proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.This research is proposed to improve understanding of natural background variability that produces clutter for remote sensing of airborne effluents. These data sets will be on hand at the beginning of the investigation at no cost to the proposal.A basic model will be developed to predict the ranges of background variation for typical desert landscapes. The optimal wavelength band sets will be determined for detection of nuclear fuel cycle materials while minimizing the effects of background clutter.