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Extraction of linear objects from interferometric SAR data

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A new method for the automated extraction of pipelines and other linear objects from Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) scenes is presented. It combines intensity data with coherence data from an interferometric evaluation of a SAR scene pair. The fusion is based on Bayesian statistics and is part of a Markov random field (MRF) model for line extraction. Both intensity and coherence data are evaluated using rotating templates. The different statistical properties of intensity and coherence are taken into account by a multiplicative noise model and an additive noise model respectively. The MRF model introduces prior knowledge about the continuity and the narrowness of lines. Posterior odds resulting from the MRF method are input to a method based on ziplock snakes for linear object extraction. This processing step is controlled interactively which is necessary as fully automatic processing of the given noisy data does not provide sufficiently predictable results. The method is applied to data of the ERS tandem mission.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 20, 2002

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