Detection of Unexploded Ordnance Using Airborne LWIR Emissivity Signatures
Defence Research and Development Canada - Valcartier Research Centre Quebec, QC Canada
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This paper investigated the potential of using LWIR spectral emissivity signatures to detect unexploded ordnance in the impact ranges of the Canadian Forces Bases. The experimental setup was composed of inert projectiles of various sizes and coating, and various potential false alarm objects. LWIR Hypercam images were acquired at 30 minutes intervals between 930 on Aug 23 and 21h00 on Aug 24 2013 from a height of 20m at nadir. Images were processed to emissivity and the Generalized Likelihood Ratio Test GLRT was used to perform the detection. Results show that the GLRT is suitable for detecting the paint used to cover the projectiles if they are not covered by vegetation. Other detected targets, such as glass and wood, are spectrally distinct and would not appear as false alarms.