A spectral optical flow method for determining velocities from digital imagery [CL]


We present a method for determining surface flows from solar images based upon optical flow techniques. We apply the method to sets of images obtained by a variety of solar imagers to assess its performance. The {\tt opflow3d} procedure is shown to extract accurate velocity estimates when provided perfect test data and quickly generates results consistent with completely distinct methods when applied on global scales. We also validate it in detail by comparing it to an established method when applied to high-resolution datasets and find that it provides comparable results without the need to tune, filter or otherwise preprocess the images before its application.

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N. Hurlburt and S. Jaffey
Tue, 21 Apr 15

Comments: 12 pages, 5 figures. Submitted to Earth Science Informatics