Multipolarized synthetic aperture radar can be a useful tool in screening earthen levees for weak points, according to a study conducted at Mississippi State University. In “Earthen Levee Monitoring with Synthetic Aperture Radar,” presented at the 2011 IEEE Imagery Pattern Recognition Workshop (AIPR 2011), scientists studied both L-band airborne and X-band spaceborne radars, using platforms developed by NASA and German researchers. Feature detection and classification algorithms tested for levee-screening applications included both radiometric and textural methods. The study looked at 240 km of levees along the Mississippi River. The study showed that results were encouraging but still preliminary and in need of further validation and testing.
This paper others from AIPR 2011 are available to both IEEE Computer Society members and paid subscribers via the Computer Society Digital Library.