A Multifamily GLRT for Oil Spill Detection
This paper deals with detection of oil spills from multipolarization synthetic aperture radar images. The problem is cast in terms of a composite hypothesis test aimed at discriminating between the polarimetric covariance matrix (PCM) equality (absence of oil spills in the tested region) and the situation where the region under test exhibits a PCM with at least an ordered eigenvalue smaller than that of a reference covariance. This last setup reflects the physical condition where the backscattering associated with the oil spills leads to a signal, in some eigendirections, weaker than the one gathered from a reference area where the absence of any oil slicks is a priori known. A multifamily generalized likelihood ratio test approach is pursued to come up with an adaptive detector ensuring the constant false alarm rate property. At the analysis stage, the behavior of the new architecture is investigated in comparison with a benchmark (but nonimplementable) structure and some other suboptimum adaptive detectors available in the open literature. This study, which is conducted in the presence of both simulated and real data, confirms the practical effectiveness of the new approach.
Constant false alarm rate (CFAR), covariance matrix equality, invariance, multifamily generalized likelihood ratio test (MGLRT), oil spill detection, one-sided generalized likelihood ratio test (GLRT).