Optical Remote Sensing

Volume 3 of the series Augmented Vision and Reality pp 65-79


Color Science and Engineering for the Display of Remote Sensing Images

  • Maya R. GuptaAffiliated withDepartment of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington Email author 
  • , Nasiha HrustemovicAffiliated withDepartment of Electrical Engineering, University of Washington

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In this chapter we discuss the color science issues that arise in the display and interpretation of artificially-colored remote-sensing images, and discuss some solutions to these challenges. The focus is on visualizing images that naturally have more than three components of information, and thus displaying them as a color image necessarily implies a reduction of information. A good understanding of display hardware and human color vision is useful in constructing and interpreting hyperspectral visualizations. After detailing key challenges, we review and propose solutions to create and refine visualizations to be more effective.


Color Display Basis functions White balance Adaptation