Computer Based Underwater Imaging Analysis

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Authors
  1. Fournier, G.R.
  2. Jonasz, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Abstract
We have recently developed a model of the optics of the underwater environment that includes the effects of scattering and absorption. The model is used to predict the image degradation that occurs in water. The model is applicable to standard light source illumination, range-gated system illumination and laser line scan illumination. The model takes as input standard pictures and produces as output degraded images with the effect of scattering, absorption and detector noise added in. The model allows us to test against realistic images the performance of various image recovery and enhancement techniques and to compare the various active imaging systems that could be used in underwater identification systems. Using a previously developed sea surface and sky irradiance model developed at DREV, we are currently extending the model to handle underwater imaging from airborne platforms by a multi-pulse laser bathymetry system and by a range gated laser-imaging system.
Keywords
Underwater imaging;NEARSCAT;Range gated laser imaging;LUCIE (Laser Underwater Camera Image Enhancer)
Date of publication
01 Jul 1999
Number of Pages
13
Reprinted from
SPIE, vol 3761, 1999, p 62-70
DSTKIM No
CA000287
CANDIS No
512055
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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