The use of polarized light image pairs to investigate earth resources and to make meteorological and oceanographic observations is discussed. The differences between the pairs are found to contain a significant amount of information on contrast, contrast boundaries, shadow, and such terrestrial features as rivers. Combinations of the polarization images were used as input to a principal component analysis, which provided some useful pictorial information not contained in any of the input images. Differencing the Fourier spectra of the polarization image pair showed that significant differences exist between the images in the population, azimuthal distribution, and spatial frequency distribution of contrast boundaries.
EARTH RESOURCES AND REMOTE SENSING
Polarization Considerations for Optical Systems II; Aug 09, 1989 - Aug 11, 1989; San Diego, CA; United States