Surface Water Body Detection in High-Resolution TerraSAR-X Data using Active Contour Models

Conference: EUSAR 2010 - 8th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
06/07/2010 - 06/10/2010 at Aachen, Germany

Proceedings: EUSAR 2010

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Hahmann, Thomas; Wessel, Birgit (German Aerospace Center (DLR), German Remote Sensing Data Center (DFD), Oberpfaffenhofen, 82234 Wessling, Germany)

This paper presents the application of two different active contour models for the segmentation of highresolution TerraSAR-X data. Both methods facilitate the detection of land-water-boundaries in semi-automated procedures and can be used to delineate flood extent and to map open water surfaces in general. For the extraction of smooth water bodies amplitude thresholding approaches are quite common and often applied. For rough water bodies however the application of amplitude thresholding methods is not successful. This paper demonstrates the potentials and limitations of active contour models for mapping both smooth and rough water bodies in high-resolution SAR data. Examples of both different segmentation methods are presented.