Analysis of PolSAR Maritime Data


  1. Parsons, G.
  2. Williams, C.
  3. St-Hillaire, M.
Corporate Authors
Vantage Point International Inc, Ottawa ONT (CAN);Defence R&D Canada - Ottawa, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
This document summarizes the analysis of polarimetric SAR data of maritime vessels collected by the CV-580 aircraft for the Radar Application and Space Technology Section (RAST) of Defence R&D Canada – Ottawa (DRDC Ottawa). This analysis was conducted to support polarimetric SAR research in the area of target classification and target discrimination. The work involved a search of recent literature as well as selecting suitable software tools to generate the desired polarimetric decompositions. The selected software are Polarimetric Workstation software tool, PolSARPRO software tool, DRDC Ottawa MATLAB code and VPI MATLAB code. The analysis techniques are correlation and covariance between polarimetric channels, synthesis images, mean clutter, peak of target and target peak-to-clutter ratio, Symmetric Scattering Characterization Method (SSCM), decomposition of Pauli, Cameron, Krogager, Entropy/Alpha and Freeman with Entropy/Alpha, and ratios of HH/HV, VV/VH, and HH/VV. These techniques are described in detail and a sample processed data set is presented in the report, while the CD-ROM available with the scientific authority includes results from all other analysed vessels.

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Report Number
DRDC-OTTAWA-CR-2008-067 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
01 Apr 2008
Number of Pages
Hardcopy;CD ROM

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