COLORIZING SENTINEL-1 SAR IMAGES USING A VARIATIONAL AUTOENCODER CONDITIONED ON SENTINEL-2 IMAGERY
Keywords: Synthetic aperture radar (SAR), optical remote sensing, Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, deep learnig, data fusion
Abstract. In this paper, we have shown an approach for the automatic colorization of SAR backscatter images, which are usually provided in the form of single-channel gray-scale imagery. Using a deep generative model proposed for the purpose of photograph colorization and a Lab-space-based SAR-optical image fusion formulation, we are able to predict artificial color SAR images, which disclose much more information to the human interpreter than the original SAR data. Future work will aim at further adaption of the employed procedure to our special case of multi-sensor remote sensing imagery. Furthermore, we will investigate if the low-level representations learned intrinsically by the deep network can be used for SAR image interpretation in an end-to-end manner.