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Polarimetry and its use in automatic target detection with examples from search and rescue
Author(s): Christopher R. Jackson; Houra Rais; Barton D. Huxtable
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Paper Abstract

The problem of automatically locating targets in synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery has traditionally been done in the image or intensity domain. A fully polarimetric SAR provides additional information that can be used in connection with SAR processing for speckle reduction, without any degradation of SAR resolution, and in automatic target detection for classifying the source of a particular scattering signature in an image. The polarimetric information can also aid in locating targets which lack a strong intensity return. This paper presents enhanced imagery and automatic target detection results using data collected under the NASA Search and Rescue Mission Office at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) by the NASA/JPL AirSAR radar.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 June 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3069, Automatic Target Recognition VII, (23 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.277107
Show Author Affiliations
Christopher R. Jackson, User Systems, Inc. (United States)
Houra Rais, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)
Barton D. Huxtable, User Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3069:
Automatic Target Recognition VII
Firooz A. Sadjadi, Editor(s)

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