Accession Number:

ADA224710

Title:

Use of Polarization Methods in Earth Resources Investigations

Descriptive Note:

Conference proceedings

Corporate Author:

NAVAL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH LAB STENNIS SPACE CENTER MS

Report Date:

1989-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

15.0

Abstract:

A substantial number of polarized light images of a variety of terrestrial scenes have been obtained from the space shuttle. a boresighted pair of Hasselblad cameras was used, in which polarization filters were fitted. Polarization directions were perpendicular to each other for the two cameras. Image pairs were acquired with one image being of maximum intensity, and the other showing minimum intensity. Selected pairs of images, obtained using black and white films, were digitized. The images were registered and compared, using digital image analysis techniques. Observed differences due to polarization included intensity and contrast differences, together with differences in the spatial frequency, orientation and population of observable contrast boundaries. It was found empirically that some digital image analysis techniques enhanced the differences. Comparison of the enhanced difference images, obtained from the polarization pairs, with the intensity data that would have been obtained without the aid of polarization filters confirms that a considerable degree of new information may be obtained by use of polarization techniques. This new information was most helpful in better defining the observed ground features in the cases studied. This is because the better definition of contrast boundaries, improvement of contrast across boundaries, improvement of shadow detail and reduction of noise level increases the useful information in an image, and improves its interpretability. Keywords Remote sensing Satellite photography Image processing Photographic imagespolarization Earth resources mapping Reprints.

Subject Categories:

  • Cartography and Aerial Photography
  • Photography

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE