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TitleDetection of Crashed Aircraft in Polarimetric Imagery: Studies at Natural Resources Canada
AuthorLukowski, T I; Yue, B; Charbonneau, F; Khellah, F; Hawkins, R K
SourceCanadian Journal of Remote Sensing 30, 3, 2004 p. 484-495,
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20043240
PublisherInforma UK Limited
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
Subjectsgeophysics; remote sensing; radar imagery; modelling; synthetic aperture radar surveys (SAR)
Released2014 06 02
AbstractThis manuscript presents studies examining the use of C-band polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems for the detection of crashed aircraft. The ultimate aim is to assist Search and Rescue in Canada in the location of such targets. Detection methodologies based on the Polarimetric Whitening Filter, Cameron Decomposition, and measures of even bounce contributions to the backscatter have been examined. Tests were performed using imagery of serviceable and crashed aircraft and crashed aircraft parts. Although individual methods make it possible to detect the crashed aircraft, best results for target detection with decreased numbers of false alarms occur when these methods are used in combination.

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