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A New Strategy to Estimate Local Fringe Frequencies for InSAR Phase Noise Reduction

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3 Author(s)
Zhiyong Suo ; Nat. Lab. of Radar Signal Process., Xidian Univ., Xi''an, China ; Zhenfang Li ; Zheng Bao

A new approach is presented to estimate the fringe frequencies in interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) phase image. A first-order model is usually used for fringe frequency estimation, but in steep regions or low-correlation regions, it often fails. In this letter, a prefiltered interferogram, obtained by the slope-compensated or conventional mean filter, is divided into small patches and unwrapped separately. Subsequently, we differentiate the local-phase-unwrapping results to obtain the fringe frequencies. Furthermore, the invalid fringe frequencies are eliminated by a statistical threshold. Finally, the interferogram is filtered by compensating the estimated fringe frequencies in the averaging window of the mean filter. The proposed method can obtain continuous fringe frequency estimation, and it is not constrained by the first-order model. The effectiveness of the proposed approach is verified by the simulated and real InSAR data.

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, IEEE  (Volume:7 ,  Issue: 4 )