Processing and Analysis of Polarimetric Ship Signatures from MARSIE: Report on Results for Polar Epsilon


  1. Vachon, P.W.
  2. Dragosevic, M.
  3. Kashyap, N.
  4. Liu, C.
  5. Schlingmeier, D.
  6. Meek, A.
  7. Potter, T.
  8. Yue, B.
  9. Kraft, J.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
This report presents the initial analysis of a polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data set that was acquired during the Oct. 2005 Maritime Sensor Integration Experiment (MARSIE). MARSIE, as part of a larger TTCP activity, was designed to explore the benefits of sensor fusion to solve the target detection and tracking problem. The MARSIE trial was conducted off the East Coast of Canada and brought many sensors to bear on a set of known ship targets that were engaged in a simulated maritime incursion scenario. The Environment Canada CV-580 polarimetric SAR was used as a proxy sensor for RADARSAT-2 polarimetry. MARSIE polarimetry results include observations of ship target radar cross section for co-polarization and cross-polarization channels, the reduction in the probability of missed detection for polarimetric relative to single channel radar operation, and the potential benefit of polarimetric target decomposition to generate ship target classification features and to segment the ship target of interest from the ocean background. A main recommendation of this report is that polarimetry could improve Polar Epsilon (PE) ship detection performance and enhance the PE concept of operations for the surveillance of spatially constrained maritime operational areas of interest such as choke points.

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Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2006-202 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Oct 2006
Number of Pages
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