|Title||Automated Ice-Water Classification using Dual Polarization SAR Imagery|
|Year of Publication||2013|
|Academic Department||Department of Systems Design Engineering|
|Number of Pages||110|
|University||University of Waterloo|
|City||Waterloo, ON, Canada|
|Thesis Type||M.A.Sc Thesis|
Mapping ice and open water in ocean bodies is important for numerous purposes including environmental analysis and ship navigation. The Canadian Ice Service (CIS) currently has several expert ice analysts manually generate ice maps on a daily basis. The CIS would like to augment their current process with an automated icewater discrimination algorithm capable of operating on dual-pol synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images produced by RADARSAT-2. Automated methods can provide mappings in larger volumes, with more consistency, and in finer resolutions that are otherwise impractical to generate.