Surveillance is the monitoring of human activities (or other changing information), usually accomplished for military, law enforcement or security reasons. Even though the principal interest of surveillance is dedicated to military activities, many vital civilian applications (i.e. security) can be listed. Clearly, from the military point of view, information about the enemy location has remarkable tactical advantages influencing the outcome of a battle. Regarding the benefits for law enforcement and security, monitoring illegal activities is essential to prevent crime. For instance, the monitoring of costal areas (or generally water regions) remains one of the most complex issues. A few examples of illegal activities can be illegal fishing (which impoverish the marine flora) or the transport of contraband.


False Alarm Synthetic Aperture Radar Illegal Activity Synthetic Aperture Radar Image Radar Satellite 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Armando Marino
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  1. 1.ETH ZurichInstitute of Environmental EngineeringZurichSwitzerland

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