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Title: Fusion of Information from Optical, Thermal, Multispectral Imagery and Geologic/Topographic Products to Detect Underground Detonations. Final report, 8 Nov 91-25 Feb 92

Abstract

This report focuses on the use of all-source overhead remote sensor imagery for monitoring underground nuclear tests and related activities. This documentation includes: (1) the main unclassified body of the report; (2) a separate ground truth Annex; and (3) a separate classified Annex. Autometric's approach was to investigate the exploitation potential of the various sensors, especially the fusion of products from them in combination with each other and other available collateral data. This approach featured empirical analyses of multisensor/multispectral imagery and collateral data collected before, during, and after an actual underground nuclear test (named BEXAR ). Advanced softcopy digital image processing and hardcopy image interpretation techniques were investigated for the research. These included multispectral (Landsat, SPOT), hyperspectral, and subpixel analyses; stereoscopic and monoscopic information extraction; multisensor fusion processes; end-to-end exploitation workstation concept development; and innovative change detection methodologies. Conclusions and recommendations for further RD and operational uses were provided in: (1) the general areas of sensor capabilities, database management, collection management, and data processing, exploitation, and fusion; and (2) specific multispectral, hyperspectral, subpixel, three- dimensional modeling, and unique unconventional imaging sensor technology areas.

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Autometric, Inc., Alexandria, VA (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
5643487
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 5643487
Report Number(s):
AD-A-246645/6/XAB; DF/P--2-92/1733
CNN: DAAH01-91-C-R033
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Original contains color plates: All DTIC/NTIS reproductions will be in black and white. Prepared in cooperation with Applied Analysis, Inc. See Annex 1, AD-A246 646
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
45 MILITARY TECHNOLOGY, WEAPONRY, AND NATIONAL DEFENSE; NUCLEAR EXPLOSION DETECTION; DATA ANALYSIS; DATA PROCESSING; NUCLEAR WEAPONS; TESTING; DATA ACQUISITION; DETONATIONS; EXTRACTION; FOCUSING; IMAGE PROCESSING; IMAGES; LANDSAT SATELLITES; MANAGEMENT; MONITORING; REMOTE SENSING; UNDERGROUND EXPLOSIONS; DETECTION; EXPLOSIONS; PROCESSING; SATELLITES; SEPARATION PROCESSES; WEAPONS 450300* -- Military Technology, Weaponry, & National Defense-- Nuclear Explosion Detection

Citation Formats

Biache, A., Lucas, C.L., Heric, M., and Newlin, J.M.. Fusion of Information from Optical, Thermal, Multispectral Imagery and Geologic/Topographic Products to Detect Underground Detonations. Final report, 8 Nov 91-25 Feb 92. United States: N. p., 1992. Web.
Biache, A., Lucas, C.L., Heric, M., & Newlin, J.M.. Fusion of Information from Optical, Thermal, Multispectral Imagery and Geologic/Topographic Products to Detect Underground Detonations. Final report, 8 Nov 91-25 Feb 92. United States.
Biache, A., Lucas, C.L., Heric, M., and Newlin, J.M.. Tue . "Fusion of Information from Optical, Thermal, Multispectral Imagery and Geologic/Topographic Products to Detect Underground Detonations. Final report, 8 Nov 91-25 Feb 92". United States. doi:.
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abstractNote = {This report focuses on the use of all-source overhead remote sensor imagery for monitoring underground nuclear tests and related activities. This documentation includes: (1) the main unclassified body of the report; (2) a separate ground truth Annex; and (3) a separate classified Annex. Autometric's approach was to investigate the exploitation potential of the various sensors, especially the fusion of products from them in combination with each other and other available collateral data. This approach featured empirical analyses of multisensor/multispectral imagery and collateral data collected before, during, and after an actual underground nuclear test (named BEXAR ). Advanced softcopy digital image processing and hardcopy image interpretation techniques were investigated for the research. These included multispectral (Landsat, SPOT), hyperspectral, and subpixel analyses; stereoscopic and monoscopic information extraction; multisensor fusion processes; end-to-end exploitation workstation concept development; and innovative change detection methodologies. Conclusions and recommendations for further RD and operational uses were provided in: (1) the general areas of sensor capabilities, database management, collection management, and data processing, exploitation, and fusion; and (2) specific multispectral, hyperspectral, subpixel, three- dimensional modeling, and unique unconventional imaging sensor technology areas.},
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year = {Tue Feb 25 00:00:00 EST 1992},
month = {Tue Feb 25 00:00:00 EST 1992}
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