Conserving valuable artworks is a neverending battle against decay. But not all objects have the same requirements. For example, the humidity levels an oil painting can be exposed to is extremely limited, whereas a sculpture made from synthetic materials is instead much more affected by certain spectral components of light. Many of these factors are highly interdependent and can only be assessed in combination.

This is challenging to both private collectors and to conservation departments of museums housing an immense number of different objects. Thus, an efficient and effective process for analyzing the actual conditions an artwork is exposed to in order to estimate its endangerment is a key goal. Such a process would allow conservators to determine an object's individual risk potential and the corresponding conservation measures.