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Observation of sea-ice dynamics using synthetic aperture radar images: automated analysis

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5 Author(s)
Vesecky, J.F. ; Dept. of Electr. Eng., Stanford Univ., CA, USA ; Samadani, R. ; Smith, M.P. ; Daida, J.M.
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Two techniques for automated sea-ice tracking, image pyramid area correlation (hierarchical correlation) and feature tracking, are described. Each technique is applied to a pair of Seasat SAR sea-ice images. The results compare well with each other and with manually tracked estimates of the ice velocity. The advantages and disadvantages of these automated methods are pointed out. Using these ice velocity field estimates it is possible to construct one sea-ice image from the other member of the pair. Comparing the reconstructed image with the observed image, errors in the estimated velocity field can be recognized and a useful probable error display created automatically to accompany ice velocity estimates. It is suggested that this error display may be useful in segmenting the sea ice observed into regions that move as rigid plates of significant ice velocity shear and distortion

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 1 )