SPECIM and Forschungszentrum Jülich sign contract for development of advanced hyperspectral imagers for vegetation research

18-Nov-2010 - Finland

SPECIM, Spectral Imaging Ltd announced a new project with Forschungszentrum Jülich in Germany. The first target of the HyPlant project is to develop a new-generation push-broom hyperspectral imager capable of collecting seamless VNIR and SWIR data from 380 to 2500 nm in a single, compact instrument. The instrument’s small size and light weight will enable its use as a field instrument, and its installation in various robotic systems as well as in small aircraft. Secondly, the project aims at developing a specific, high performance hyperspectral imager for monitoring sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence emitted by vegetation.

Forschungszentrum Jülich will exploit the new hyperspectral imagers in their large scale research projects which investigate the role of terrestrial vegetation in the global carbon cycle. Dr. Uwe Rascher from Forschungszentrum Jülich is excited about the new possibilities which the newly developed sensors will bring for their research; “Sensors developed in the HyPlant project will allow novel insight into the functional properties of plants and plant ecosystems by exploiting the fluorescence signal as an innovative remote sensing signal”.

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