Abstract : Due to their coherent nature, SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) images are very different from optical satellite images and more difficult to interpret, especially because of speckle noise. Given the increasing amount of available SAR data, efficient image processing techniques are needed to ease the analysis. Classifying this type of images, i.e., selecting an adequate label for each pixel, is a challenging task. This paper describes a supervised classification method based on local features derived from a Gaussian mixture model (GMM) of the distribution of patches. First classification results are encouraging and suggest an interesting potential of the GMM model for SAR imaging.