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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Oil spill detection method using X-band marine radar imagery
Author(s): Xueyuan Zhu; Ying Li; Haiyang Feng; Bingxin Liu; Jin Xu
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Paper Abstract

A viable method to implement oil spill detection and monitoring based on marine radar is proposed. The primary data of this study are obtained from the X-band marine radar of the teaching–training ship, YUKUN, of the Dalian Maritime University on July 21, 2010, when a pipeline burst and an oil spill accident occurred at the Xingang Port in Dalian. Aiming at the working characteristics of marine radar, the adaptive median filter algorithm is improved to eliminate the radar shared-frequency interference by adding the identification of noise points and resetting the neighborhood window. A power attenuation correction method is proposed to solve the uneven distribution in resolution and echo intensity by acquiring the average power distribution of radar images simultaneously. Oil spill will be easily detected from different sea backgrounds after morphological processing, gray segmentation, and image smoothing. Comparison with the images extracted from a thermal infrared sensor on the same monitoring point demonstrates the validity of the extraction method for oil spill based on X-band marine radar.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 2015
PDF: 12 pages
J. Appl. Rem. Sens. 9(1) 095985 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.9.095985
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 9, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Xueyuan Zhu, Dalian Maritime Univ. (China)
Ying Li, Dalian Maritime Univ. (China)
Haiyang Feng, Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration (China)
Bingxin Liu, Dalian Maritime Univ. (China)
Jin Xu, Dalian Maritime Univ. (China)

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