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MTU-Kestrel airborne hyperspectral imaging campaigns of the Lake Superior ecosystem
Author(s): Bruce Rafert; William J. Slough; Charles A. Rohde; Andrew Pilant; Leonard John Otten; Andrew D. Meigs; Al Jones; Eugene W. Butler
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Paper Abstract

The clear waters of Lake Superior constitute the heart of one of the most significant fresh water ecosystems in the world. Lake Superior is the world's largest lake by surface area (82,100 km2) holding approximately 10% of the earth's freshwater (12,230 km3) that is not locked into glaciers or ice caps. Although Superior is arguably the most significant fresh water ecosystem on earth, questions relating to the lake and its watershed remain unanswered, including the effects of human habitation, exploitation, and economic potential of the region. There is a great diversity of scientific disciplines with a common interest in remote sensing of the Lake Superior ecosystem which have the need for data at all spatial, spectral, and temporal scales-from scales supplied by satellites, ships or aircraft at low spatial, spectral or temporal resolution, to a requirement for synoptic high resolution spatial (approximately 1 meter)/spectral (1 - 10 nm) data. During May and August of 1998, two week-long data collection campaigns were performed using the Kestrel airborne visible hyperspectral imager to acquire hyperspectral data of a broad taxonomy of ecologically significant targets, including forests, urban areas, lakeshore zones and rivers, mining industry tailing basins, and the Lake itself. We will describe the Kestrel airborne hyperspectral sensor, the collection and data reduction methodology, and flight imagery from both campaigns.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 October 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3753, Imaging Spectrometry V, (27 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.366271
Show Author Affiliations
Bruce Rafert, Michigan Technological Univ. (United States)
William J. Slough, Michigan Technological Univ. (United States)
Charles A. Rohde, Michigan Technological Univ. (United States)
Andrew Pilant, Michigan Technological Univ. (United States)
Leonard John Otten, Kestrel Corp. (United States)
Andrew D. Meigs, Kestrel Corp. (United States)
Al Jones, Kestrel Corp. (United States)
Eugene W. Butler, Kestrel Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3753:
Imaging Spectrometry V
Michael R. Descour; Sylvia S. Shen, Editor(s)

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