Enhanced resolution of microwave sounder imagery through fusion with infrared sensor data

Igor Yanovsky, Ali Behrangi, Yixin Wen, Mathias Schreier, Van Dang, Bjorn Lambrigtsen

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The images acquired by microwave sensors are blurry and have low resolution. On the other hand, the images obtained using infrared/visible sensors are often of higher resolution. In this paper, we develop a data fusion methodology and apply it to enhance the resolution of a microwave image using the data from a collocated infrared/visible sensor. Such an approach takes advantage of the spatial resolution of the infrared instrument and the sensing accuracy of the microwave instrument. The model leverages sparsity in signals and is based on current research in sparse optimization and compressed sensing. We tested our method using a precipitation scene captured with the Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit (AMSU-B) microwave instrument and the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) infrared instrument and compared the results to simultaneous radar observations. We show that the data fusion product is better than the original AMSU-B and AVHRR observations across all statistical indicators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1097
JournalRemote Sensing
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Data fusion
  • Inverse problems
  • Precipitation
  • Remote sensing
  • Satellite imagery
  • Sparse optimization
  • Super-resolution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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