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Conference: May 7-11, 2012
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Sea and Ground Radar Clutter Modeling


Date: May 7, 2011
Time: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Instructor: Maurice Long, Maria Greco

Tutorial Code: T-04


The modeling of the clutter echoes is a central issue for the design and performance evaluation of radar systems.

Aim of this tutorial is to describe the state-of-the-art approaches to the modeling and understanding of land and sea clutter echoes and their implications on performance prediction and signal processors design. The tutorial is mainly divided in 5 parts:

  1. Radar sea and ground clutter phenomena, measurements and measurement limitations, at high and low resolution, high and low grazing angles.
  2. Statistical and spectral models for windblown vegetation and sea surfaces.
  3. Experimental validation of statistical and spectral models, for both sea and land clutter, using recorded data sets.
  4. Impact of the clutter models on radar performance for detection, including their effect on CFAR techniques.
  5. Radar clutter simulation for radar performance evaluation.

Instructor Biography

Maurice W. Long is author of Radar Reflectivity of Land and Sea, 3rd edition, Artech House, 2001; and editor, Airborne Early Warning System Concepts, Artech House, 1992, SciTech, 2004. Retired from Georgia Institute of Technology, where his last position was Director of Engineering Experiment Station (now Georgia Tech Research Institute). He works part-time as a private consultant on small target detection, Principal Research Engineer at Georgia Tech Research Institute, and professor at Southern Polytechnic State University. He is a Life Fellow of IEEE, a member of Commission F of URSI and of Academy of Electromagnetics. His biography appears in Who's Who in America, American Men and Women of Science, and Who's Who in Engineering.

Maria S. Greco graduated in Electronic Engineering in 1993 and received the Ph.D. degree in Telecommunication Engineering in 1998, from University of Pisa, Italy. From December 1997 to May 1998 she joined the Georgia Tech Research Institute, Atlanta, USA as a visiting research scholar where she carried on research activity in the field of radar detection in non-Gaussian background. In 1993 she joined the Department of "Ingegneria dell'Informazione" of the University of Pisa, where she is Assistant Professor since April 2001. She is IEEE Senior Member since June 2004 and she was co-recipient, with P. Lombardo, F. Gini, A. Farina, and B. Billingsley, of the 2001 IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society's Barry Carlton Award for Best Paper. She has been co-general-chair of the 2007 International Waveform Diversity and Design Conference (WDD07), Pisa, Italy, June 2007 and she was in the Technical Committee of the 2006 EURASIP Signal and Image Processing Conference (EUSIPCO), Florence, Italy, September 2006. She is guest co-editor of the special section of the Journal of the IEEE Signal Processing Society on Special Topics in Signal Processing on "Adaptive Waveform Design for Agile Sensing and Communication," published in June 2007. She has given lectures at universities and institutions in Italy and abroad. Her general interests are in the areas of statistical signal processing, estimation and detection theory. In particular, her research interests include cyclostationarity signal analysis, DOA estimation techniques, clutter models, spectral analysis, coherent and incoherent detection in non-Gaussian clutter and CFAR techniques.