Detection of Unexploded Ordnance Using Airborne LWIR Emissivity Signatures

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Authors
  1. Lévesque, J.
  2. Puckrin, E.
  3. Lahaie, P.
  4. Turcotte, C.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Valcartier Research Centre, Quebec QC (CAN)
Abstract
This paper investigated the potential of using LWIR spectral emissivity signatures to detect unexploded ordnance in the impact ranges of the Canadian Forces Bases. The experimental setup was composed of inert projectiles of various sizes and coating, and various potential false alarm objects. LWIR Hypercam images were acquired at 30 minutes intervals between 9:30 on Aug 23 and 21h00 on Aug 24 2013 from a height of 20m at nadir. Images were processed to emissivity and the Generalized Likelihood Ratio Test (GLRT) was used to perform the detection. Results show that the GLRT is suitable for detecting the paint used to cover the projectiles if they are not covered by vegetation. Other detected targets, such as glass and wood, are spectrally distinct and would not appear as false alarms.
Keywords
hyperspectral;long wave infrared;emissivity;target detection;unexploded ordnance;UXO;long wave;remote sensing
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2015-P121 — External Literature
Date of publication
25 Nov 2015
Number of Pages
4
DSTKIM No
CA041536
CANDIS No
802706
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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