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Spectral signature

Spectral signatures are the specific combination of reflected and absorbed electromagnetic radiation at varying wavelengths which can uniquely identify an object. The ""Spectral signature"" of an object is a function of 1) incidental EM wavelength and material interaction with that section of the (electromagnetic spectrum). The measurements can be made with various instruments, including a task specific spectrometer, although the most common method is separation of the Red, Green, Blue and Near Infrared portion of the EM spectrum as acquired by digital cameras. Calibration of spectral signatures under specific illumination are collected in order to apply an empirical correction to airborne or satellite imagery digital images.

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