Accession Number : ADD011405

Title :   A Method for Automatic Water Mass Classification.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application,


Personal Author(s) : Coulter,R E ; Horton,C W

Report Date : 06 Sep 1984

Pagination or Media Count : 9

Abstract : A method for automatic water mass classification from satellite radiometric data uses Bayesian decision theory. The mean, standard deviation and gradient of corrected satellite infrared temperature data is computer with a window and assigned to the center pixel. The probability for each statistic is computed for each class of ocean front/water mass based upon historical statistical values. The class having the maximum probability is then tested to reduce the chance of the misclassification. The result is a class value assigned to each pixel position representative of a particular oceanic front/water mass. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patent applications, *Water masses, Classification, Ocean environments, Automatic, Probability, Decision theory, Standard deviation, Gradients, Ocean surface, Surface temperature

Subject Categories : Physical and Dynamic Oceanography

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE