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First demonstration of airborne SAR tomography using multibaseline L-band data

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2 Author(s)
Reigber, A. ; Inst. for Radio Frequency Technol., German Aerosp. Center, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany ; Moreira, A.

In synthetic aperture radar (SAR) interferometry, the phase differences between two different sensor positions are used to estimate the terrain topography. Although it is possible in this way to find a three-dimensional (3D) surface representation, the distribution of the different scatterers in the height direction at a fixed range and azimuth position remains unknown. Contrary to this, tomographic techniques enable a real geometric resolution capability in the height direction and introduce new possibilities for many applications and inversion problems. Even misinterpretations in SAR images caused by layover and foreshortening effects can be solved by the tomographic processing. In this paper, the successful experimental realization of polarimetric airborne SAR tomography is demonstrated for the first time. The authors present the concept of aperture synthesis for tomographic imaging for the case of a multibaseline imaging geometry and discuss the constraints arising from the limited number of flight tracks. They propose a method for reduction of the height ambiguities associated to the irregular and undersampled spatial distribution of the imaging positions. Finally, they address the experimental requirements for polarimetric airborne SAR tomography and show experimental results using a multibaseline data set acquired in L-band by DLR's experimental SAR (E-SAR) of a test-site near Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:38 ,  Issue: 5 )