Tram System Automation for Environmental Spectroscopy and Vegetation Monitoring

Enrique Anguiano Chavez, University of Texas at El Paso


Spectroscopy is the science of studying the interactions of matter and electromagnetic radiation (EMR). In particular, field spectroscopy takes place in a natural environment with a natural source of EMR. The paper presents progress towards the development and automation of a tram cart system. The new system in development collects high resolution, hyperspectral images and data from a spectrometer. Alternatives for a sensor cover mechanism to provide cover for the sensors mounted while the system is not operating are discussed, analyzing and comparing the benefits and disadvantages. An implementation for a charging station in an environment isolated from the electric grid that removes the need for constantly replacing the batteries of the system and allows the system for constant use.

Subject Area

Electrical engineering|Robotics

Recommended Citation

Anguiano Chavez, Enrique, "Tram System Automation for Environmental Spectroscopy and Vegetation Monitoring" (2020). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI28088755.