Below is presented the background of the Laboratories and the Center.
Environmental Optics Laboratories
The first laboratory was established in the fall of 1992 at Florida
Institue of Technology (Florida Tech or FIT), College of Engineering. We began with the support
of the Office of Sponsored Research, when we rennovated the Enironmental Sciences Lab to deveop this new research, education
and industrial/commercial focus. Today we have several laboratories on the campus as well as off campus locations to
support our research, education and industrial/commercial partnerships. To date we have consulted and provided services to
defense contractors, NASA Centers, and NASA subcontractors, Department of Energy (DOE) and subcontractors, KB Science, the
State of Florida water management agencies, the Department of State and foreign educational institutions/organizations in
the EU and the Northrop Grumman Corporation, We have also recieved funding from private foundations, including the
Current Projects include funding from the Florida Institute of Oceanogrpahy - BP Research Funds for Airborne
Imaging of Gulf of Mexico Waters. This project will involve the collection of Hyperspectral Imagery, Photogrammetric Engineering
Film Imagery, Digital and HD Video imagery in selected coastal areas in the Gulf of Mexico. Key to this effort is the utilization
of high spatial and spectral resolution imagery.
Other research funded by the US government and the European Union (EU) involves utilizing our imagery for
development of "data fusion & sharpening" of hyperspectral imagery using multispectral digital and scanned multichannel
imagery obtained simultaeneouslly from other sensors and sesnor data at various altitudes and at different times.
The goal of the research is to improve the estimation of geophysical variables estiamted from airborne imagery. The Hyperspectral
Imaging Sysytem (HSI) has been developed by Dr. Bostater.