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Detection of Oil Spills in SAR Images using Threshold Segmentation Algorithms

International Journal of Computer Applications
© 2012 by IJCA Journal
Volume 57 - Number 7
Year of Publication: 2012
Alaa Sheta
Mouhammd Alkasassbeh
Malik Braik
Hafsa Abu Ayyash

Alaa Sheta, Mouhammd Alkasassbeh, Malik Braik and Hafsa Abu Ayyash. Article: Detection of Oil Spills in SAR Images using Threshold Segmentation Algorithms. International Journal of Computer Applications 57(7):10-15, November 2012. Full text available. BibTeX

	author = {Alaa Sheta and Mouhammd Alkasassbeh and Malik Braik and Hafsa Abu Ayyash},
	title = {Article: Detection of Oil Spills in SAR Images using Threshold Segmentation Algorithms},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	year = {2012},
	volume = {57},
	number = {7},
	pages = {10-15},
	month = {November},
	note = {Full text available}


Identification of potential oil spills on Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite images is a complex process. Oil companies, as well as the coast guard have tested a whole range of methods for monitoring and detection of possible oil spills. These methods are found to be expensive, complex and require high processing power and time. In this paper, an oil spill detection method is proposed. The method consists of four main stages, namely: 1) Image enhancement; 2) Image segmentation 3) feature extraction; and 4) Object recognition of the segmented objects as oil spills or look-likes. The algorithm was trained on a large number of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) images. The proposed thresholding algorithm can be considered an alternative to manual inspection for large ocean areas. Promising results and high detection rates for the oil spills have been achieved.


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