Littoral Assessment of Mine Burial Signatures (LAMBS) buried land mine/background spectral signature analyses

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Edited by: Jr. J.H. Harmon R.S.Broach J.T.Holloway



The objective of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Rapid Overt Reconnaissance (ROR) program and the Airborne Littoral Reconnaissance Technologies (ALRT) project's LAMBS effort is to determine if electro-optical spectral discriminants exist that are useful for the detection of land mines in littoral regions. Statistically significant buried mine overburden and background signature data were collected over a wide spectral range (0.35 to 14 ??m) to identify robust spectral features that might serve as discriminants for new airborne sensor concepts. LAMBS has expanded previously collected databases to littoral areas - primarily dry and wet sandy soils - where tidal, surf, and wind conditions can severely modify spectral signatures. At AeroSense 2003, we reported completion of three buried mine collections at an inland bay, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico beach sites.1 We now report LAMBS spectral database analyses results using metrics which characterize the detection performance of general types of spectral detection algorithms. These metrics include mean contrast, spectral signal-to-clutter, covariance, information content, and spectral matched filter analyses. Detection performance of the buried land mines was analyzed with regard to burial age, background type, and environmental conditions. These analyses considered features observed due to particle size differences, surface roughness, surface moisture, and compositional differences.
Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Littoral Assessment of Mine Burial Signatures (LAMBS) buried land mine/background spectral signature analyses
DOI 10.1117/12.542754
Volume 5415
Issue PART 1
Year Published 2004
Language English
Larger Work Title Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
First page 608
Last page 619
Conference Title Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IX
Conference Location Orlando, FL
Conference Date 12 April 2004 through 16 April 2004
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