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Performance of a multiscale correlation algorithm for the estimation of sea-ice drift from SAR images: initial results

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Sea-ice drift fields were obtained from sequences of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images using a method based on pattern recognition. The accuracy of the method was estimated for two image products of the Envisat Advanced SAR (ASAR) with 25 m and 150 m pixel size. For data from the winter season it was found that 99% of the south–north and west–east components of the determined displacement vector are within ±3–5 pixels of a manually derived reference dataset, independent of the image resolution. For an image pair with 25 m resolution acquired during summer, the corresponding value is 12 pixels. Using the same resolution cell dimensions for the displacement fields in both image types, the estimated displacement components differed by 150–300 m. The use of different texture parameters for predicting the performance of the algorithm dependent on ice conditions and image characteristics was studied. It was found that high entropy values indicate a good performance.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: May 1, 2011

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