Sea clutter reduction and target enhancement by neural networks in a marine radar system

Sensors (Basel). 2009;9(3):1913-36. doi: 10.3390/s90301913. Epub 2009 Mar 16.


The presence of sea clutter in marine radar signals is sometimes not desired. So, efficient radar signal processing techniques are needed to reduce it. In this way, nonlinear signal processing techniques based on neural networks (NNs) are used in the proposed clutter reduction system. The developed experiments show promising results characterized by different subjective (visual analysis of the processed radar images) and objective (clutter reduction, target enhancement and signal-to-clutter ratio improvement) criteria. Moreover, a deep study of the NN structure is done, where the low computational cost and the high processing speed of the proposed NN structure are emphasized.

Keywords: Clutter Reduction; Neural Networks; Non-linear Signal Processing; Radar; Remote Sensing; SCR Improvement; Target Enhancement.