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Hyperspectral Imager for Coastal Ocean (HICO)

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The long term goal of the Hyperspectral Imager for Coastal Ocean HICO program is to demonstrate the utility of maritime imaging for naval applications in the littoral ocean from a space borne platform. The coastal ocean is a dark target and visible light constitutes the only part of the electromagnetic spectrum that sufficiently penetrates the water column to sense the water and seafloor properties. Analysis has shown that maritime hyperspectral imaging is the only remote sensing technique that is able to deconvolve the complicated coastal scene Lee and Carder, 2002. The spectral content of hyperspectral data can give information on the depth and characteristics of the seafloor and undersea objects. The Navys Sea Strike mission requires precise knowledge and modeling of the littoral battlespace in denied areas of the globe. The emphasis on littoral tactics for precise amphibious assault, special forces insertion and mine warfare drive the need for improved capability. Space borne maritime hyperspectral imagery and its derived products such as bathymetry, bottom type, water clarity and beach traffic will be used to demonstrate the effectiveness of using hyperspectral data for characterizing the littoral battlefield. The HICO program will demonstrate the use of space borne hyperspectral methods to detect submerged objects, the retrieval of environmental data products of value to Naval forces, and the development of coupled physical and bio-optical models of coastal ocean sites globally.

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  • Biological Oceanography
  • Physical and Dynamic Oceanography
  • Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods
  • Miscellaneous Detection and Detectors
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics and Spectroscopy
  • Optics

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