Static Estimation of the Meteorological Visibility Distance in Night Fog with Imagery

Romain GALLEN  Nicolas HAUTIERE  Eric DUMONT  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E93-D   No.7   pp.1780-1787
Publication Date: 2010/07/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1361
DOI: 10.1587/transinf.E93.D.1780
Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Section on Machine Vision and its Applications)
fog,  granulometry,  camera,  forward scattering,  adaptive lighting,  

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In this article, we propose a new way to estimate fog extinction at night with a camera. We also propose a method for the classification of fog depending on the forward scattering. We show that a characterization of fog based on the atmospheric extinction parameter only is not sufficient, specifically in the perspective of adaptive lighting for road safety. This method has been validated on synthetic images generated with a semi Monte-Carlo ray tracing software dedicated to fog simulation as well as with experiments in a fog chamber, we present the results and discuss the method, its potential applications and its limits.