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A Technique for the Identification and Analysis of Icebergs in Synthetic Aperture Radar Images of Antarctica
Williams, R and Rees, G and Young, ND (1999) A Technique for the Identification and Analysis of Icebergs in Synthetic Aperture Radar Images of Antarctica. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 20 (15-16). pp. 3183-3199.
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This paper describes an image analysis technique developed to identify icebergs depicted in synthetic aperture radar images of Antarctica and to determine the outlines of these icebergs. The technique uses a pixel bonding process to delineate the edges of the icebergs. It then separates them from the background water and sea ice by an edge-guided image segmentation process. Characteristics such as centroid position and iceberg area are calculated for each iceberg segment and placed in a file for input to appropriate statistical data analysis software. The technique has been tested on three ERS-1 SAR sub-images in which it succeeded in identifying virtually all segments containing icebergs of size 6 pixels or larger. The images were first passed through an averaging filter to reduce speckle. This process produced a pixel size of 100 m x 100 m. As implemented, the technique over-estimates iceberg areas by about 20% on average and the detection rate falls off rapidly for icebergs less than six pixels in size. Performance in these areas is expected to improve when additional stages, based on a more detailed analysis of pixel intensity, are implemented.
|Keywords:||icebergs, synthetic aperture radar, image analysis, Antarctic images|
|Journal or Publication Title:||International Journal of Remote Sensing|
|Page Range:||pp. 3183-3199|
|Additional Information:||This is a preprint of an article whose final and definitive form has been published in the INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING (c) 1999; INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING is available online at: http://journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/|
|Date Deposited:||23 Aug 2006|
|Last Modified:||18 Nov 2014 03:11|
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