Ground-based synthetic aperture radar (GBSAR) systems are widely used for monitoring slopes, especially in quarries and open-pits. Unfortunately, the movement of the machinery (cranes, trucks, shovels, excavators…) in the radar field of view often prevent to correctly focus large circular sections of the radar images, producing a characteristic artefact, often named “blurring”. Therefore, the aim of this article is to propose both an acquisition modality and an image processing technique able to mitigate the blurring due to moving clutter. The proposed acquisition modality (named “free-running” or “on-the-fly”) allows to filter out the high frequency clutter, that is often noticeable in GBSAR images, but it does not result effective with low frequency clutter caused by slow movement of machinery like heavy trucks or large cranes. For this reason, the Authors propose even a suitable processing method that can be used in combination with high frequency sampling. The application of these two methods has been proved to be very effective in realistic quarry scenario.

Blurring/clutter mitigation in quarry monitoring by Ground Based Synthetic Aperture Radar / Lapo Miccinesi, Alberto Michelini, Massimiliano Pieraccini. - In: IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON GEOSCIENCE AND REMOTE SENSING. - ISSN 0196-2892. - STAMPA. - (2021), pp. 1-8. [10.1109/TGRS.2021.3049385]

Blurring/clutter mitigation in quarry monitoring by Ground Based Synthetic Aperture Radar

Lapo Miccinesi;Massimiliano Pieraccini
2021

Abstract

Ground-based synthetic aperture radar (GBSAR) systems are widely used for monitoring slopes, especially in quarries and open-pits. Unfortunately, the movement of the machinery (cranes, trucks, shovels, excavators…) in the radar field of view often prevent to correctly focus large circular sections of the radar images, producing a characteristic artefact, often named “blurring”. Therefore, the aim of this article is to propose both an acquisition modality and an image processing technique able to mitigate the blurring due to moving clutter. The proposed acquisition modality (named “free-running” or “on-the-fly”) allows to filter out the high frequency clutter, that is often noticeable in GBSAR images, but it does not result effective with low frequency clutter caused by slow movement of machinery like heavy trucks or large cranes. For this reason, the Authors propose even a suitable processing method that can be used in combination with high frequency sampling. The application of these two methods has been proved to be very effective in realistic quarry scenario.
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