Hyperspectral images are more sophisticated and precise than the images produced by standard color cameras, which can only capture the spectral channels associated with the three primary colors – red, green, and blue. Hyperspectral imaging is the collecting and processing of information from across the electromagnetic spectrum.
Hyperspectral images are required:
- In agriculture for monitoring the development and health of crops
- In geology for rapidly mapping nearly all minerals
- In astronomy to determine a spatially-resolved spectral image
- In the military to provide a unique detection, identification and imaging capability for chemical agents
- In many research areas, such as vegetation research, forensics, life sciences, nano-toxicology and food analysis