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TitleCombining Optical and Radar Satellite Image Data for Surveillance of Coastal Waters
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LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
Authorvan der Sanden, J JORCID logo; Vachon, P W; Gower, J F R
SourceSixth International Conference on Remote Sensing for Marine and Coastal Environments, Charleston, South Carolina, 1-3 May; 2000 p. 8, Open Access logo Open Access
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20042829
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
Released2000 01 01
AbstractIn this paper, we present preliminary results of a study concerning the joint application of optical and radar satellite image data for the mapping / monitoring of coastal waters. The image data studied were acquired during the summer of 1999 by the RADARSAT SAR system and the NOAA AVHRR scanner. Our area of interest is located at Canada's West Coast and includes the waters that surround the Queen Charlottes and Vancouver Island. The findings illustrate the limitations that clouds and wind speed create for the applicability of optical and radar data, respectively. The importance of slicks as tracers of coastal features in SAR images is demonstrated and agreement in the patterns present in thermal AVHRR and SAR data is observed.

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