Abstract

A high accuracy image dewarping method is proposed to restore images from non-uniformly warped video sequences degraded by atmospheric turbulence. This approach contains three major steps. First, a non-rigid image registration technique is employed to register all the frames in the sequence to a reference frame and estimate the motion fields. Second, an iterative First Register Then Average And Subtract (iFRTAAS) method is applied to correct the geometric deformations of the warped frames. The third step involves applying a non-local means filter for the compensation of noise and to improve the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of the restored reference frame. Simulations are carried out by applying the method to synthetic and real-life turbulence degraded videos and by determining various quality metrics. A performance comparison is presented between the proposed method and two earlier methods, which verifies that the proposed method provides significant improvement on the image restoration accuracy.

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