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Title: The Use of Remote Sensing for Maritime Surveillance for Security and Safety in Cyprus
Authors: Melillos, George 
Themistocleous, Kyriacos 
Danezis, Chris 
Michaelides, Silas 
Hadjimitsis, Diofantos G. 
Jacobsen, Sven 
Tings, Björn 
Major Field of Science: Engineering and Technology
Field Category: Civil Engineering
Keywords: Remote Sensing;Maritime Surveillance;SAR;Sentinel-1;CFAR;Cyprus
Issue Date: 24-Apr-2020
Source: Proceedings Volume 11418, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XXV
Volume: 11418
Issue: 114180J
Project: ERATOSTHENES: Excellence Research Centre for Earth Surveillance and Space-Based Monitoring of the Environment 
Journal: Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XXV 
Conference: Event: SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing, 2020, Online Only 
Abstract: Maritime surveillance is of critical importance for threat prevention and maintenance of national security and safety. Maritime traffic comprises worldwide navigation of millions of vessels. In this sense, the geostrategic position of Cyprus entails the need for effective monitoring of marine traffic. Remote Sensing is a technique, which enables maritime surveillance by means of space-based detection and identification of marine traffic. The advent of new satellite missions, such as Sentinel-1, enabled the acquisition of systematic datasets for monitoring vessels. Using the Copernicus Open Access Hub service, it is now feasible to access satellite data in a fully automated and near real-time mode and deliver vessel information through a web portal interface. Nevertheless, there is still a great need to understand the full potential of the information acquired from such sensors. In this paper, an overview of vessel tracking techniques using Sentinel acquisitions is carried out. Consequently, vessel detections via space imagery could be authenticated against Automatic Identification System (AIS) data, which provide the location and dimensions of ships that are legally operating in the Cyprus region.
DOI: 10.1117/12.2567102
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Type: Conference Papers
Affiliation : ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence 
Cyprus University of Technology 
German Aerospace Center 
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