Scientific exploitation of PAZ products in coastal surveillance and monitoring tasks

M.P. Jarabo, M.J. González, D. de la Mata, J. Martín de Nicolás, N. del Rey, J.L. Bárcena, V.M. Peláez


PAZ mission appears due to the need of a Spanish SAR satellite able to provide radar image products for security and defense, civil and scientific users. INTA is responsible for the technical direction of the Ground Segment, as well as the development of the Calibration and Validation Centre and the scientific exploitation. The ‘Demonstrator of Maritime SAR Applications’ is proposed as an answer to detection tasks in maritime synthetic aperture radar imagery, which are not completely solved yet. DeMSAR has been developed in the framework of a contract between the Spanish National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA) and the University of Alcalá. It is intended to be used as a demonstrator of the capabilities of the airborne SAR prototypes of INTA as well as for PAZ, the Spanish SAR satellite. With two operation modes, an automatic ship detector and a toolboxes mode, DeMSAR offers the user a high flexibility in SAR data processing tasks such as speckle filtering, coastline detection, land mask estimation and ship detection and characterization.


SAR; Speckle; Segmentation; Ship detection; Maritime applications

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