A computer-based spatial-filtering velocimeter to measure the surface velocity of natural debris flow is described. This is a simple and interesting technique implemented with a spatial filter constructed as a software program that processes the video image of debris flow instead of a hardware implementation. The surface velocity of the debris flow at the Mt. Yakedake Volcano, Japan, was estimated by this computer-based spatial-filtering method, and the results were compared with those obtained by a hardware-based spatial-filtering method. Computer-based spatial filtering has the important advantage of a capability for tuning the spatial-filter parameters to the target flow.
© 1998 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 17, 1997
Revised Manuscript: April 28, 1998
Published: September 10, 1998
M. Shorif Uddin, Hiroyuki Inaba, Yasumasa Itakura, and Masao Kasahara, "Estimation of the surface velocity of debris flow with computer-based spatial filtering," Appl. Opt. 37, 6234-6239 (1998)