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Topographic Mapping of the German Tidal Flats Analyzing SAR Images With the Waterline Method

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3 Author(s)
Georg Heygster ; Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany ; Jens Dannenberg ; Justus Notholt

The waterline method is used to derive the topography of the tidal flats along the German coast by evaluation of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images. A series of about 70 European Remote Sensing Satellites SAR images of the German Bight taken at different water levels within four years is analyzed to detect the borderline between tidal flats and adjacent water areas using a wavelet-based edge-detection algorithm. After geocoding, the waterlines are combined with the corresponding water levels to represent the topography on an irregularly spaced grid. The water levels are taken from a numerical tide model and corrected with the measured gauge data. Interpolation of these data into a regular grid yields a topographic map of the intertidal zone. While the general practicability of this method has been demonstrated in previous studies for smaller test areas, this paper is the first attempt to generate maps of a large area on a yearly basis.

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IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  (Volume:48 ,  Issue: 3 )