Robust Low-rank Change Detection for Multivariate SAR Image Time Series


This paper derives a new change detector for multivariate Synthetic Aperture Radar image time series. Classical statistical change detection methodologies based on covariance matrix analysis are usually built upon the Gaussian assumption, as well as an unstructured signal model. Both of these hypotheses may be inaccurate for high-dimension/resolution images, where the noise can be heterogeneous (non-Gaussian) and where the relevant signals usually lie in a low dimensional subspace (low-rank structure). These two issues are tackled by proposing a new Generalized Likelihood Ratio Test based on a robust (compound Gaussian) low-rank (structured covariance matrix) model. The interest of the proposed detector is assessed on two Synthetic Aperture Radar Image Time Series data set from UAVSAR.

In IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing
Ammar Mian
Ammar Mian
Associate professor

Associate professor at Université Savoie Mont Blanc in Signal processing