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Sensors (Basel). 2019 Jul 11;19(14). pii: E3071. doi: 10.3390/s19143071.

Hyperspectral Imaging in Environmental Monitoring: A Review of Recent Developments and Technological Advances in Compact Field Deployable Systems.

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Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DE, UK.
Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, UK.
School of Geosciences, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.
Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences, University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba, QLD 4350, Australia.
Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Sheffield, Sheffield S1 4DE, UK.


The development and uptake of field deployable hyperspectral imaging systems within environmental monitoring represents an exciting and innovative development that could revolutionize a number of sensing applications in the coming decades. In this article we focus on the successful miniaturization and improved portability of hyperspectral sensors, covering their application both from aerial and ground-based platforms in a number of environmental application areas, highlighting in particular the recent implementation of low-cost consumer technology in this context. At present, these devices largely complement existing monitoring approaches, however, as technology continues to improve, these units are moving towards reaching a standard suitable for stand-alone monitoring in the not too distant future. As these low-cost and light-weight devices are already producing scientific grade results, they now have the potential to significantly improve accessibility to hyperspectral monitoring technology, as well as vastly proliferating acquisition of such datasets.


environmental monitoring; field deployable; hyperspectral; low-cost; miniaturization

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