Naval operations, including day-to-day activities as well as warfighting, depend upon the environment and are planned and executed based upon environmental knowledge. Hyperspectral sensing provides environmental information and characterization for some of these operational Naval activities. It is useful to separate these information types into "oceanographic" and "meteorological" categories as follows:
(1) Coastal and shallow water operations,
(2) Beach, wetland and near shore operations,
(3) Self defense, and
(4) Precision strike.