Introduction to Field Spectroscopy


Room 232, Grant Institute


Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 09:15 to Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 12:30


Field Spectroscopy Facility

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Please go to to secure your place.


The aim of this course is to provide an introduction to the instrumentation, techniques and best practice in field spectroscopy (FS). The role of FS as a primary research technique and its use to support Earth observation remote sensing will also be covered. Drawing on the resources held by the NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility, the course is designed to better equip users with the skills and know-how to improve applications for support, measurements made in the field and the analysis of the data. The course will be delivered by staff at the Field Spectroscopy Facility.

Who should attend:

The course will be of interest to first year PhD students or post-doctoral researchers embarking on research projects where the use of FS instruments and data are planned. It will also be of benefit to proposers to the NERC Airborne Research Facility, especially those hoping to take advantage of the hyperspectral capabilities of the AISA Fenix system.


The course is free to UK registered postgraduate students and academics. Participants will need to fund their own travel and accommodation during their stay in Edinburgh.

Topics covered include:

•The role of FS in research: terrestrial; marine/aquatic; and atmospheric

•Radiometric concepts and use of FS terms.

•Instrument design and calibration

•Possible measurement modes

•Issues in field, and laboratory, FS sampling design, measurement methods, measurement uncertainties, and metadata collection.

•The data processing and analysis of spectral datasets

•Validation of optical Earth Observations

Program & Information Pack will be emailed to delegates in advance.


Tuesday 25th April 2017 - 9:15am to 5:00pm

Wednesday 26th April 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Thursday 27th April 2017 - 9:00am to 12:30m


Lunches and refreshments will be provided. Dinner on Tuesday will be arranged by FSF but at participants own expense.


The University's Kenneth McKenzie Suites (a 10-minute bus ride from the King's Buildings campus) offers en-suite bed & breakfast accommodation with a single room.

Tel: 0131 651 2063


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Accommodation available nearest the Kings Buildings Campus:

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For further enquiries please contact the Facility at:

NERC Field Spectroscopy Facility

University of Edinburgh

Grant Institute

West Mains Road



Tel: 0131 6505926

Fax: 0131 6505901



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Field Spectroscopy Facility

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