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PROJECT SUMMARY

HYSPIRE - HYper SPatial Imagery of Rural Environments

The goal of HYSPIRE is to develop techniques of hyper-spatial and hyper-spectral remote sensing for investigation of diverse rural resources. Hyper-spatial refers to sensor and image resolution that is centimeter-decimeter (inches) in scale. Imagery of this type allows recognition and interpretation of objects as small as one foot (30 cm) in size. Hyper-spectral refers to the number and width of each spectral band included in the dataset. The visible and near-infrared spectrum are divided into hundreds of quite narrow bands, so that spectral signatures of near-laboratory quality can be acquired in field settings. With hyper-spectral datasets, it's possible to distinguish many kinds of plants, minerals and other types of materials based on their spectral characteristics. Hyper-spatial and hyper-spectral datasets are necessary to bridge the scale and resolution gap between conventional satellite-based remote sensing and ground-based observations.

Kansas NASA EPSCoR

NASA's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) targets states having modest research infrastructure with funds to develop a more competitive research base among their member academic institutions. The ten NASA participants are Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Puerto Rico, and South Carolina.

The overall goal of Kansas EPSCoR is to increase the competitiveness of Kansas for merit-based grants and contracts in support of science and technology research from federal funding agencies.