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Remote sensing of surface roughness using polarimetric SAR data

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4 Author(s)
Schuler, D.L. ; Remote Sensing Div., Naval Res. Lab., Washington, DC, USA ; Lee, J.S. ; Kasilingam, D. ; Nesti, G.

The circular polarization coherence, ρRRLL, is investigated in this paper as a measure of terrain surface roughness. The studies utilized data collected 1) from dielectric surfaces in an anechoic chamber and, 2) from a larger desert test site using P-, L-, and C-band NASA/JPL AIRSAR data. These experimental results, and supporting theory, indicate a sensitive decorrelation of |ρRRLL | with increasing surface roughness ks. Practical measurement issues and a performance comparison relative to the polarimetric anisotropy A are discussed

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Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, 2001. IGARSS '01. IEEE 2001 International  (Volume:2 )

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2001