Extraction of interest points by Harris interest operator for synthetic aperture radar image coregistration

Weibao Zou, Zhilin Li

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In image coregistration of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) interferometry, a set of points is selected for tie point matching. Generally, some special points are possibly selected as tie points to improve the reliability of coregistration. However, special points cannot always be found in an image. Therefore points in grid form are commonly selected for image coregistration and this makes the results not as reliable as special points do. In this study, hence, a series of points detected by Harris interest operator (HIO) are used as tie points for SAR image coregistration. After wavelet decomposition of a SAR image, the basic energy is reserved in the low-pass subimage and this benefits the extraction of interest points conducted by HIO on the highest level. Three pairs of SAR image in Hong Kong area are used to prove the efficiency of the proposed method. For comparison, image coregistration based on grid points and interest points are implemented, respectively, in which different numbers of points are adopted. Based on the analysis of experimental results, it is found that the quality of interferogram is greatly improved by interest points and coregistration with interest points is more reliable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)500-513
Number of pages14
JournalIET Image Processing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sept 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Software
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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