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A Hyperspectral Survey of New York City Lighting Technology

NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress, 1 MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA
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Academic Editor: Qihao Weng
Sensors 2016, 16(12), 2047;
Received: 26 September 2016 / Revised: 16 November 2016 / Accepted: 17 November 2016 / Published: 5 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Section Remote Sensors)
Using side-facing observations of the New York City (NYC) skyline, we identify lighting technologies via spectral signatures measured with Visible and Near Infrared (VNIR) hyperspectral imaging. The instrument is a scanning, single slit spectrograph with 872 spectral channels from 0.4–1.0 μ m. With a single scan, we are able to clearly match the detected spectral signatures of 13 templates of known lighting types. However, many of the observed lighting spectra do not match those that have been measured in the laboratory. We identify unknown spectra by segmenting our observations and using Template-Activated Partition (TAP) clustering with a variety of underlying unsupervised clustering methods to generate the first empirically-determined spectral catalog of roughly 40 urban lighting types. We show that, given our vantage point, we are able to determine lighting technology use for both interior and exterior lighting. Finally, we find that the total brightness of our scene shows strong peaks at the 570 nm Na - II , 595 nm Na - II and 818 nm Na - I lines that are common in high pressure sodium lamps, which dominate our observations. View Full-Text
Keywords: hyperspectral; lighting technology; urban science hyperspectral; lighting technology; urban science
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Dobler, G.; Ghandehari, M.; Koonin, S.E.; Sharma, M.S. A Hyperspectral Survey of New York City Lighting Technology. Sensors 2016, 16, 2047.

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Dobler G, Ghandehari M, Koonin SE, Sharma MS. A Hyperspectral Survey of New York City Lighting Technology. Sensors. 2016; 16(12):2047.

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Dobler, Gregory, Masoud Ghandehari, Steven E. Koonin, and Mohit S. Sharma. 2016. "A Hyperspectral Survey of New York City Lighting Technology" Sensors 16, no. 12: 2047.

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