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Radar polarimetry: analysis tools and applications

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4 Author(s)
Evans, D.L. ; Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Technol., Pasadena, CA, USA ; Farr, T.G. ; van Zyl, J.J. ; Zebker, H.A.

The authors have developed several techniques to analyze polarimetric radar data from the NASA/JPL airborne SAR for Earth science applications. The techniques determine the heterogeneity of scatterers with subregions, optimize the return power from these areas, and identify probable scattering mechanisms for each pixel in a radar image. These techniques are applied to the discrimination and characterization of geologic surfaces and vegetation cover, and it is found that their utility varies depending on the terrain type. It is concluded that there are several classes of problems amenable to single-frequency polarimetric data analysis, including characterization of surface roughness and vegetation structure, and estimation of vegetation density. Polarimetric radar remote sensing can thus be a useful tool for monitoring a set of Earth science parameters

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:26 ,  Issue: 6 )

Date of Publication:

Nov 1988

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