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Preliminary study of detection of buried landmines using a programmable hyperspectral imager
Author(s): John E. McFee; Herb T. Ripley; Roger Buxton; Andrew M. Thriscutt
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Paper Abstract

Experiments were conducted to determine if buried mines could be detected by measuring the change in reflectance spectra of vegetation above mine burial sites. Mines were laid using hand methods and simulated mechanical methods and spectral images were obtained over a three month period using a casi hyperspectral imager scanned from a personnel lift. Mines were not detectable by measurement of the shift of the red edge of vegetative spectra. By calculating the linear correlation coefficient image, some mines in light vegetative cover (grass, grass/blueberries) were apparently detected, but mines buried in heavy vegetation cover (deep ferns) were not detectable. Due to problems with ground truthing, accurate probabilities of detection and false alarm rates were not obtained.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 May 1996
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 2765, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets, (31 May 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.241250
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John E. McFee, Defence Research Establishment Suffield (Canada)
Herb T. Ripley, AGI Ariel Geomatics Inc. (Canada)
Roger Buxton, AGI Ariel Geomatics Inc. (Canada)
Andrew M. Thriscutt, AGI Ariel Geomatics Inc. (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2765:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets
Abinash C. Dubey; Robert L. Barnard; Colin J. Lowe; John E. McFee, Editor(s)

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