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It is well known that removing cloud-contaminated portions of a remotely sensed image and then filling in the missing data represent an important photo editing cumbersome task. In this paper, an efficient inpainting technique for the reconstruction of areas obscured by clouds or cloud shadows in remotely sensed images is presented. This technique is based on the Bandelet transform and the multiscale geometrical grouping. It consists of two steps. In the first step, the curves of geometric flow of different zones of the image are determined by using the Bandelet transform with multiscale grouping. This step allows an efficient representation of the multiscale geometry of the image's structures. Having well represented this geometry, the information inside the cloud-contaminated zone is synthesized by propagating the geometrical flow curves inside that zone. This step is accomplished by minimizing a functional whose role is to reconstruct the missing or cloud contaminated zone independently of the size and topology of the inpainting domain. The proposed technique is illustrated with some examples on processing aerial images. The obtained results are compared with those obtained by other clouds removal techniques.
Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:47 , Issue: 7 )
Date of Publication: July 2009