The understanding and modelling of radar sea clutter is central to the design and performance evaluation of radars in a maritime environment. The first part of the tutorial will introduce the methods used to describe radar sea clutter and show how physical and empirical models are developed.
The second part of the tutorial will show how clutter models are used to predict performance and analyse the performance of CFAR detection systems. This will concentrate on the application of the compound K distribution sea clutter model.
* The observed characteristics of sea clutter
* Statistical models of sea clutter
* Modelling radar scattering from the ocean surface
* Detection performance calculations
* Cell-averaging Constant False Alarm Rate (CFAR) performance in sea clutter
* Adaptation to changing clutter PDF
* Practical CFAR systems
K.D.Ward, R.J.A.Tough and S.Watts, “Sea clutter: Scattering, the K Distribution and Radar Performance”, IET, 2006