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Synergistic Fusion of Interferometric and Speckle-Tracking Methods for Deriving Surface Velocity From Interferometric SAR Data

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3 Author(s)
Hongxing Liu ; Dept. of Geogr., Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX ; Zhiyuan Zhao ; Kenneth C. Jezek

This letter presents a technique to adjust and unify disconnected interferogram fringe regions for the derivation of accurate surface-velocity measurements. The interferogram from repeat-pass interferometric synthetic aperture radar data is often partitioned by shear margins of ice streams and other low-coherence zones into many small disconnected fringe regions. Although these isolated fringe regions can be unwrapped separately, the unwrapped phase for each region is referenced to a different seed point. Our technique exploits absolute range-offset measurements from the speckle-tracking method to bridge the isolated fringe regions in the interferogram. In this way, the unwrapped phases in these regions can be adjusted into consistent surface-displacement measurements with a common reference point. Using Radarsat interferometric data in Antarctica, we demonstrated that the synergetic fusion of the measurements from the interferometric and speckle-tracking methods can produce a highly accurate two-dimensional velocity field

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IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 1 )