deSpeckNet: Generalizing Deep Learning Based SAR Image Despeckling

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21 december 2020

An article of Adugna Mullissa, Diego Marcos, Devis Tuia, Martin Herold, Johannes Reiche: deSpeckNet: Generalizing Deep Learning Based SAR Image Despeckling, has been published in Electrical Engineering and Systems Science

Deep learning (DL) has proven to be a suitable approach for despeckling synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images. So far, most DL models are trained to reduce speckle that follows a particular distribution, either using simulated noise or a specific set of real SAR images, limiting the applicability of these methods for real SAR images with unknown noise statistics. In this paper, we present a DL method, deSpeckNet1, that estimates the speckle noise distribution and the despeckled image simultaneously. Since it does not depend on a specific noise model, deSpeckNet generalizes well across SAR acquisitions in a variety of landcover conditions. We evaluated the performance of deSpeckNet on single polarized Sentinel-1 images acquired in Indonesia, The Democratic Republic of Congo and The Netherlands, a single polarized ALOS-2/PALSAR-2 image acquired in Japan and an Iceye X2 image acquired in Germany. In all cases, deSpeckNet was able to effectively reduce speckle and restore