Enhancement of Littoral Zone Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) through Multi-Spectral and Infrared (IR) Image Processing

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$79,923.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
N68335-09-C-0241
Agency Tracking Number:
N091-021-0452
Solicitation Year:
2009
Solicitation Topic Code:
N091-021
Solicitation Number:
2009.1
Small Business Information
Arete Associates
P.O. Box 2607, Winnetka, CA, 91396
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
082191198
Principal Investigator:
J. Williams
Senior Scientist
(703) 413-0290
zwilliams@arete.com
Business Contact:
Steve Ramberg
Senior Scientist
(703) 413-0290
contracts@arete.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Techniques to retrieve militarily relevant parameters of the nearshore region using panchromatic or single-channel electro-optical (EO) data have been demonstrated. However, airborne sensors are being developed and fielded that collect multi-spectral data and the present-day methods do not take advantage of the added information contained in the multi-channel data. In addition, EO systems are restricted to daylight operations; a limitation overcome by infrared (IR) systems. Therefore, under this Phase I effort, existing data of the littoral zone from multi-spectral and IR imagers will be used to study the improvements for bathymetry and current retrievals using multi-spectral and IR processing compared to results obtained using panchromatic, EO imagery. In addition, a state-of-the art ocean-imaging model will be exercised to determine the expected SNR from observing the ocean surface with a multi-spectral imaging system. The overall objective of this SBIR program is to develop algorithms that utilize multi-spectral and / or IR imagery for enhanced ISR products in the littoral zone.

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