HPC MSU

Publication Abstract

Fusion of Synthetic Aperture Radar and Hyperspectral Imagery to Detect Impacts of Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico

Dabbiru, L., Samiappan, S., Aanstoos, J.V., & Moorhead, R. J. (2016). Fusion of Synthetic Aperture Radar and Hyperspectral Imagery to Detect Impacts of Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico. Naval Oceanographic Office 4th Annual Operational Oceanography Science and Technology Poster Symposium. Stennis Space Center, MS.

Abstract

The Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in one of the largest accidental oil disasters in U.S. history. NASA acquired radar and hyperspectral imagery and made them available to the scientific community for analyzing impacts of the oil spill. In this study, we use the L-band quad-polarized radar data acquired by Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Synthetic Aperture Radar (UAVSAR) and Hyperspectral Imagery (HSI) from the Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) optical sensor. The main objective of this research is to apply fusion techniques on polarimetric radar and hyperspectral imagery to investigate the benefit of fusion for improved classification of coastal vegetation contaminated by oil. In this approach, fusion is implemented at the pixel level by concatenating the hyperspectral data with the high resolution SAR data and analyze the fused data with Support Vector Machine (SVM) classification algorithm.