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Synthetic-aperture radar imagery scene segmentation using fractal processing
Author(s): Clayton V. Stewart; Baback Moghaddam; Kenneth J. Hintz
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Paper Abstract

This paper demonstrates the application of fractal random process models and their related scaling parameters as features in the analysis and segmentation of clutter in high-resolution polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery. Specifically, the fractal dimension of natural clutter sources, such as grass and trees, is computed and used as a texture feature for a Bayesian classifier. The SAR shadows are segmented in a separate manner using the original backscatter power as a discriminant. The proposed segmentation process yields a three-class segmentation map for the scenes considered in this study (with three clutter types: shadows, trees and grass). The difficulty of computing texture metrics in high-speckle SAR imagery is also addressed. In particular, a two-step preprocessing approach consisting of polarimetric minimum speckle filtering followed by non-coherent spatial averaging is used. The relevance of the resulting segmentation maps to constant-false-alarm-rate (CFAR) target detection techniques is also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 July 1992
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 1699, Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition, (9 July 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138236
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Clayton V. Stewart, George Mason Univ. (United States)
Baback Moghaddam, George Mason Univ. (United States)
Kenneth J. Hintz, George Mason Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1699:
Signal Processing, Sensor Fusion, and Target Recognition
Vibeke Libby; Ivan Kadar, Editor(s)

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