A Novel Methodology for Full Velocity Vector Estimation of Ships Using SAR Data

Conference: EUSAR 2008 - 7th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
06/02/2008 - 06/05/2008 at Friedrichshafen, Germany

Proceedings: EUSAR 2008

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Radius, Andrea (Earth Observation Laboratory, DISP, Tor Vergata University of Rome (Italy) and Instituto de Telecomunicações – Pólo de Lisboa, ISEL, Portugal)
Marques, Paulo (Instituto de Telecomunicações – Pólo Lisboa, ISEL, Portugal)

In this paper we propose a novel methodology for ship detection and their full velocity vector extraction from SAR data, using only the amplitude information. The algorithm uses the Radon transform to detect the ships and to derive the two components of the velocity vector at the same time, from the wake orientation and the azimuth displacement. The main advantages are that the algorithm does not need any a priori information and it is very light from the computational point of view.