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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: CFAR Ship Detection in Polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar Images Based on Whitening Filter
Author(s): Liu, Tao
Zhang, Jiafeng
Gao, Gui
Yang, Jian
Marino, Armando
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Keywords: Constant false alarm rate (CFAR)
polarimetric whitening filter (PWF)
ship detection
synthetic aperture radar.
Issue Date: 26-Sep-2019
Citation: Liu T, Zhang J, Gao G, Yang J & Marino A (2019) CFAR Ship Detection in Polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar Images Based on Whitening Filter. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing p. 24.
Abstract: Polarimetric whitening filter (PWF) can be used to filter polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR) images to improve the contrast between ships and sea clutter background. For this reason, the output of the filter can be used to detect ships. This paper deals with the setting of the threshold over PolSAR images filtered by the PWF. Two parameter-constant false alarm rate (2P-CFAR) is a common detection method used on whitened polarimetric images. It assumes that the probability density function (PDF) of the filtered image intensity is characterized by a log-normal distribution. However, this assumption does not always hold. In this paper, we propose a systemic analytical framework for CFAR algorithms based on PWF or multi-look PWF (MPWF). The framework covers the entire log-cumulants space in terms of the textural distributions in the product model, including the constant, gamma, inverse gamma, Fisher, beta, inverse beta, and generalized gamma distributions (GΓDs). We derive the analytical forms of the PDF for each of the textural distributions and the probability of false alarm (PFA). Finally, the threshold is derived by fixing the false alarm rate (FAR). Experimental results using both the simulated and real data demonstrate that the derived expressions and CFAR algorithms are valid and robust.
DOI Link: 10.1109/tgrs.2019.2931353
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