Evaluation of Simulated RADARSAT-2 Polarimetry Products

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Authors
  1. Liu, C.
  2. Vachon, P.W.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This report presents an evaluation of simulated RADARSAT-2 polarimetry products. The RSAT2SIMU software developed by MDA was used to simulate RADARSAT-2 products from Environment Canada (EC) CV-580 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) single-look complex (SLC) data by increasing the noise floor and degrading the image resolution. The evaluation includes assessment of the reduction in the probability of missed detection for polarimetric relative to single channel radar operation for ship detection, 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 key recommendation is to develop algorithms that combine all information available from polarimetric signature analysis methods to aid in ship classification. The results show that the ship detection and target classification methods developed using airborne polarimetric SAR data can potentially be applied to RADARSAT-2 data.

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Keywords
polarization;RADARSAT
Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-TM-2007-189 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Sep 2007
Number of Pages
78
DSTKIM No
CA029857
CANDIS No
528329
Format(s):
CD ROM

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