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Microwave radiometers detecting geophysical parameters are susceptible to radio-frequency interference (RFI) from anthropogenic sources. The kurtosis statistic can be a powerful means of identifying some types of low-power RFI, as thermal noise has a distinct kurtosis value of three, while thermal noise contaminated even with low-power nonthermal RFI often has other values of kurtosis. This paper presents a method for calculating the kurtosis and brightness that significantly reduces the radiometer data download requirements.
Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:47 , Issue: 11 )
Date of Publication: Nov. 2009