Hyperspectral sensors acquire imagery in hundreds of narrow, contiguous spectral bands, which facilitates fine discrimination between different features on the Earth’s surface.  It is a complementary data source to synthetic aperture radar and conventional multi-spectral data.

For over two decades, Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO) scientists have contributed their expertise to improve the quality of hyperspectral data, and have developed hyperspectral data processing methods, models, and tools to help render the data useful to the Government of Canada and other users. 

CCMEO scientists have expertise in a range of hyperspectral applications such as mineral mapping in the north, mine remediation and vegetation stress.  Scientists work in close collaboration with Canadian industry, academia, and other government departments.

Some examples of hyperspectral research activities at CCMEO include:

Within the next decade, hyperspectral satellite sensors will routinely be providing imagery of the Earth’s surface.  CCMEO scientists are actively working to prepare for the effective and immediate use of data from these next-generation hyperspectral satellite missions (e.g., EnMAP).