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Scope: Sea Clutter: Scattering, the K Distribution and Radar Performance gives an authoritative account of our current understanding of radar sea clutter. The authors pay particular attention to the compound K distribution model, which they have developed over the past 20 years. Evidence supporting this model, including a detailed review of the calculation of EM scattering by the sea surface, its statistical formulation, and practical application to the specification, design and evaluation of radar systems are all discussed. 

The calculation of the performance of practical radar systems is presented in sufficient detail for the reader to be able to tackle related problems with confidence.

This book should be invaluable to specialist radar engineers and academic researchers, and of considerable interest to the wider applied physics and mathematics communities.

About the Authors

Simon Watts is Deputy Scientific Director of Thales UK, Aerospace Division. He joined Thales (then EMI Electronics) in 1967 and has subsequently worked on a wide range of radar and EW projects, particularly airborne maritime surveillance radar systems. He is author and co-author of over 30 journal and conference papers and several patents, mainly relating to radar performance in sea clutter. He was appointed MBE in 2000 for services to the defence industry.

Robert J. A Tough and Keith D. Ward are directors of TW Research Ltd., a small company set up in 1995 to develop and exploit models of all aspects of radar operation and performance. Previously they worked for the UK Ministry of Defence at RSRE Malvern on topics ranging from theoretical physics to maritime radar, seekers and remote sensing. They are both authors of numerous journal and conference papers.

Book readership

The book will be of interest to research managers, engineers, scientists and post graduate research students.

Book contents

Introduction. The Characteristics of Radar Sea Clutter. Modelling Radar Scattering by the Ocean Surface. Statistical Models of Sea Clutter. The Simulation of Clutter and Other Random Processes. Detection of Small Targets in Sea Clutter. Imaging Ocean Surface Features. Radar Detection Performance Calculations. CFAR Detection. The Specification and Measurement of Radar Performance. Appendix 1 Elements of Probability Theory. Appendix 2 Some Useful Special Functions. Appendix 3 Scattering from a Corrugated Surface.


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