Gamma-correction-based visibility restoration for single hazy images

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IEEE Signal Processing Letters, 2018, 25 (7), pp. 1084 - 1088
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© 1994-2012 IEEE. In this letter, a concise gamma-correction-based dehazing model (GDM) is proposed. This GDM explicitly describes the inner relationship between the gamma correction (GC) and the traditional scattering model. Combined with the existing priori constraints, GDM is further approximated into a one-dimensional (1-D) function to seek the only unknown constant that is used for haze removal. Using the determined constant, the scene albedo can be recovered, eliminating the haze from single hazy images. The proposed GDM is able to suppress the halo/blocking artifacts in the recovered results due to the scene albedo, which is less sensitive to the determined constant. Simulation results on different types of benchmark images verify that the proposed technique outperforms state-of-the-art methods in terms of both recovery, quality, and real-time performance.
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