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Change detection and maritime situation awareness in the Channel area : Feasibility of space borne SAR for maritime situation awareness

Author: Broek, A.C. van den · Breejen, E. den · Dekker, R.J. · Smith, A.J.E.
Source:IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 22-27 July 2012, Munich, Germany, 7436-7439
Identifier: 464453
Keywords: Marine · Maritime Situational Awareness · Military Requirements · Security requirements · Harbours · Surveillance · SAR · Change Detection · Navy · Situational Awareness · Defence Research · Defence, Safety and Security · Physics & Electronics · DSS - Distributed Sensor Systems · TS - Technical Sciences


In this paper we have analyzed military and security requirements for surveillance. Using a data-set of wide swath SAR imagery for the English channel and high resolution SAR data for the Zeebrugge and Rotterdam harbour we have discussed if these requirements can be met by using this kind of data. The requirement to detect anomalous behaviour at open sea can be fulfilled for ships with sizes > 30 meter if appropriate context information is available. Displacement of not too small vessels and preparatory activities for illegal trafficking can often be detected in high resolution imagery. However, details and detection of replacements of these objects cannot be obtained.