Monica Pepe and Loredana Pompilio
Mapping mountain areas using hyperspectral data
Hyperspectral remote sensing is receiving an increasing interest both in the scientific community and at the decision making level, especially for its versatility and effectiveness in the characterization of surfaces. Hyperspectral sensors typically collect measurements in hundreds of narrow and contiguous spectral bands within the visible, near-infrared and short wavelength infrared intervals, thus allowing to quickly collect significant information about the target materials, even at subtle scales of investigation. For these reasons, hyperspectral sensing has been successfully applied in laboratory, field and remote studies, and addressed to different disciplines (e.g., geology, agricolture, cultural heritage, landscape sciences) and planetary surfaces, as well (e.g., Earth, Mars, small Solar System Objects). This course will basically focus on the principles of hyperspectral remote sensing in the reflectance domain, including examples of data analysis techniques, classification and applications to real contexts, especially targeted to the alpine environment. The main goal is to provide the end-users with the basic knowledge of hyperspectral sensing and how it could be used for mapping tasks in a mountain environment.
Note that field hyperspectral data using hand-held spectroradiometer will be collected during the field trip to Corvara. Data will be analysed during the hyperspectral session.