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Simulation of fishing vessel polarimetric signatures as the first step to vessel classification
Author(s): Gerard Margarit; Pablo Blanco; Jesus Sanz; Jordi J. Mallorqui; Juan M. Rius
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a numerical tool able to generate realistic SAR images from accurate vessel models for a given orbital sensor. Its capability to extract high resolution radar signatures converts this SAR simulator in a useful tool for vessel classification studies and, furthermore, to define a future constellation of SAR sensors bound for carry on an automatic vessel monitoring system. This SAR simulator has low computational requirements as it is based on high frequency electromagnetic calculations making feasible to run it in a simple PC. In this paper, the main scheme of the simulator and its capability to consider the vessel velocity and the ocean waves, which can produce an important distorting effect in the final SAR images, will be presented as well as some validation results and particular aspects of vessel modeling. Finally, some examples of radar signatures of precise fishing vessel models are exposed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 January 2004
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5236, SAR Image Analysis, Modeling, and Techniques VI, (12 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.512366
Show Author Affiliations
Gerard Margarit, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Pablo Blanco, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Jesus Sanz, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Jordi J. Mallorqui, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)
Juan M. Rius, Univ. Politecnica de Catalunya (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5236:
SAR Image Analysis, Modeling, and Techniques VI
Francesco Posa, Editor(s)

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