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Articles | Volume XL-1/W3
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-1/W3, 421–424, 2013
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XL-1/W3, 421–424, 2013

  25 Sep 2013

25 Sep 2013


A. Taravat and F. Del Frate A. Taravat and F. Del Frate
  • EO Lab, Dept. of Civil Engineering and Computer Science, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Via del Politecnico 1, 00133 Rome, Italy

Keywords: Weibull Multiplicative Model, Pulsed Coupled Neural Networks, Multilayer Perceptron Neural Networks, Dark Spot Detection, SAR Image Processing

Abstract. As a major aspect of marine pollution, oil release into the sea has serious biological and environmental impacts. Among remote sensing systems (which is a tool that offers a non-destructive investigation method), synthetic aperture radar (SAR) can provide valuable synoptic information about the position and size of the oil spill due to its wide area coverage and day/night, and all-weather capabilities. In this paper we present a new automated method for oil-spill monitoring. A new approach is based on the combination of Weibull Multiplicative Model and machine learning techniques to differentiate between dark spots and the background. First, the filter created based on Weibull Multiplicative Model is applied to each sub-image. Second, the sub-image is segmented by two different neural networks techniques (Pulsed Coupled Neural Networks and Multilayer Perceptron Neural Networks). As the last step, a very simple filtering process is used to eliminate the false targets. The proposed approaches were tested on 20 ENVISAT and ERS2 images which contained dark spots. The same parameters were used in all tests. For the overall dataset, the average accuracies of 94.05 % and 95.20 % were obtained for PCNN and MLP methods, respectively. The average computational time for dark-spot detection with a 256 × 256 image in about 4 s for PCNN segmentation using IDL software which is the fastest one in this field at present. Our experimental results demonstrate that the proposed approach is very fast, robust and effective. The proposed approach can be applied to the future spaceborne SAR images.