Seafloor depth estimation by means of interferometric synthetic aperture sonar

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Title: Seafloor depth estimation by means of interferometric synthetic aperture sonar
Author: Sæbø, Torstein Olsmo
Date: 19-Nov-2010
Type: Doctoral thesis; Doktorgradsavhandling
Abstract: The topic of this thesis is relative depth estimation using interferometric sidelooking sonar. We give a thorough description of the geometry of interferometric sonar and of time delay estimation techniques. We present a novel solution for the depth estimate using sidelooking sonar, and review the cross-correlation function, the cross-uncertainty function and the phase-differencing technique. We find an elegant solution to co-registration and unwrapping by interpolating the sonar data in ground-range. Two depth estimation techniques are developed: Cross-correlation based sidescan bathymetry and synthetic aperture sonar (SAS) interferometry. We define flank length as a measure of the horizontal resolution in bathymetric maps and find that both sidescan bathymetry and SAS interferometry achieve theoretical resolutions. The vertical precision of our two methods are close to the performance predicted from the measured coherence. We study absolute phase-difference estimation using bandwidth and find a very simple split-bandwidth approach which outperforms a standard 2D phase unwrapper on complicated objects. We also examine advanced filtering of depth maps. Finally, we present pipeline surveying as an example application of interferometric SAS.
Publisher: Universitetet i Tromsø; University of Tromsø
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10037/2793


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