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Linear Feature Detection in Polarimetric SAR Images

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6 Author(s)
Guangyi Zhou ; Department of Electronic Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China ; Yi Cui ; Yilun Chen ; Jian Yang
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Recently, the use of linear features for processing remote-sensing images has shown its importance in applications. Unfortunately, traditional linear feature detection methods rely heavily on the image's local information which makes them vulnerable to the presence of noise in the image. This problem becomes particularly difficult for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image applications where SAR images are corrupted by speckle noise. In order to overcome this problem, we propose a novel method that processes the polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (Pol-SAR) images by combining the multiscale image analysis with polarimetric information in a new fashion. A two-scale approach is adopted here. On a coarse level, the coarse regions of the linear features are extracted by a curvelet transform from a speckle noise reduced image obtained by the polarimetric whitening filter. On a fine level, we develop a fuzzy polarimetric detector to accurately locate the linear features inside the regions. The effectiveness of the proposed method is demonstrated using simulated Pol-SAR data acquired from both EMISAR and Convair-580 systems.

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IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 4 )