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A Jigger ship's automatic detection method based on VIIRS DNB data
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Paper Abstract

The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer (VIIRS) day/night band (DNB) onboard Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite offers a wide range of applications at night, ranging from fire detection, meteorological phenomena to observations of anthropogenic light sources. It is becoming a useful tool to monitor and quantify these ships by detecting the light emitted by the lamps. In this study, a threshold-based method is presented to automatically identify the ships. Before detection, several pre-processing steps including contrast enhancement and instrument noise removal are conducted; then the background value is subtracted from the original image to reduce the blurred area around the target, which can further make the gathered ships isolated; In addition, the effects of some interference sources such as ionospheric energetic particles and thin clouds are also taken into consideration for improving the detection rate. Finally, the proposed threshold-based method is applied to the DNB images over study areas in Yellow Sea and Bohai Sea in China. The detection results show that the proposed method can detect more than 81% of ships when comparing with those from Automatic Identification System (AIS).

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 September 2019
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 11137, Applications of Digital Image Processing XLII, 111370D (6 September 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2528589
Show Author Affiliations
C. X. Gao, Academy of Opto-Electronics (China)
Chengcheng Xue, Academy of Opto-Electronics (China)
Univ. of Chinese Academy of Sciences (China)
Shi Qiu, Academy of Opto-Electronics (China)
Qi Wang, Academy of Opto-Electronics (China)
Jian Hu, Academy of Opto-Electronics (China)
Chuanrong Li, Academy of Opto-Electronics (China)
Yaokai Liu, Academy of Opto-Electronics (China)
Yonggang Qian, Academy of Opto-Electronics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11137:
Applications of Digital Image Processing XLII
Andrew G. Tescher; Touradj Ebrahimi, Editor(s)

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