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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 50, Iss. 11 — Apr. 10, 2011
  • pp: 1501–1516

Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean: instrument description and first images

Robert L. Lucke, Michael Corson, Norman R. McGlothlin, Steve D. Butcher, Daniel L. Wood, Daniel R. Korwan, Rong R. Li, Willliam A. Snyder, Curt O. Davis, and Davidson T. Chen  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 50, Issue 11, pp. 1501-1516 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.50.001501


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Abstract

The Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean (HICO) is the first spaceborne hyperspectral sensor designed specifically for the coastal ocean and estuarial, riverine, or other shallow-water areas. The HICO generates hyperspectral images, primarily over the 400 900 nm spectral range, with a ground sample distance of 90 m (at nadir) and a high signal-to-noise ratio. The HICO is now operating on the International Space Station (ISS). Its cross-track and along-track fields of view are 42 km (at nadir) and 192 km , respectively, for a total scene area of 8000 km 2 . The HICO is an innovative prototype sensor that builds on extensive experience with airborne sensors and makes extensive use of commercial off-the-shelf components to build a space sensor at a small fraction of the usual cost and time. Here we describe the instrument’s design and characterization and present early images from the ISS.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(280.1355) Remote sensing and sensors : Bathymetry
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors
(010.0280) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Remote sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

History
Original Manuscript: July 29, 2010
Revised Manuscript: November 16, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: January 17, 2011
Published: April 1, 2011

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Citation
Robert L. Lucke, Michael Corson, Norman R. McGlothlin, Steve D. Butcher, Daniel L. Wood, Daniel R. Korwan, Rong R. Li, Willliam A. Snyder, Curt O. Davis, and Davidson T. Chen, "Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean: instrument description and first images," Appl. Opt. 50, 1501-1516 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-50-11-1501


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