Automatic localization of backscattering events due to particulate in urban areas

P. Gaudio, M. Gelfusa, A. Malizia, S. Parracino, M. Richetta, A. Murari, J. Vega

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Particulate matter (PM), emitted by vehicles in urban traffic, can greatly affect environment air quality and have direct implications on both human health and infrastructure integrity. The consequences for society are relevant and can impact also on national health. Limits and thresholds of pollutants emitted by vehicles are typically regulated by government agencies. In the last few years, the interest in PM emissions has grown substantially due to both air quality issues and global warming. Lidar-Dial techniques are widely recognized as a costeffectivealternative to monitor large regions of the atmosphere. To maximize the effectiveness of the measurements and to guarantee reliable, automatic monitoring of large areas, new data analysis techniques are required. In this paper, an original tool, the Universal Multi-Event Locator (UMEL), is applied to the problem of automatically indentifying the time location of peaks in Lidar measurements for the detection of particulate matter emitted by anthropogenic sources like vehicles. The method developed is based on Support Vector Regression and presents various advantages with respect to more traditional techniques. In particular, UMEL is based on the morphological properties of the signals and therefore the method is insensitive to the details of the noise present in the detection system. The approach is also fully general, purely software and can therefore be applied to a large variety of problems without any additional cost. The potential of the proposed technique is exemplified with the help of data acquired during an experimental campaign in the field in Rome.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventImage and Signal Processing for Remote Sensing XX - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 1 Jan 2014 → …


ConferenceImage and Signal Processing for Remote Sensing XX
Period1/1/14 → …


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Gaudio, P., Gelfusa, M., Malizia, A., Parracino, S., Richetta, M., Murari, A., & Vega, J. (2014). Automatic localization of backscattering events due to particulate in urban areas. Paper presented at Image and Signal Processing for Remote Sensing XX, Amsterdam, Netherlands.