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Comparison of Methods for Classification of Land Cover using Poarimetric SAR data

Krogager, Ernst and Staykova, Doroteya and Alberga, Vito and Danklmayer, Andreas and Chandra, Madhu (2006) Comparison of Methods for Classification of Land Cover using Poarimetric SAR data. In: European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar (EUSAR). VDE VERLAG GMBH, Berlin und Offenbach, Bismarckstraße 33, D-10625 Berlin. European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar (EUSAR), 2006-05-16 - 2006-05-18, Dresden, Germany.

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Abstract

Polarimetric SAR data are coherent by nature of the principle of operation. However, most often incoherent ap-proaches are chosen for the post-processing in order to apply conventional averaging and statistical methods. For this purpose, covariance and coherency matrices are typically formed from the complex raw data, and a va-riety of incoherent analysis and decomposition methods have been proposed for the further information extrac-tion. Alternatively, the complex data may be used on a pixel by pixel basis to extract information at the highest possible resolution. By the latter approach, absolute phases have to be taken into account, and straightforward averaging of the coherent quantities cannot be applied. However, it is still possible to perform averaging of indi-vidually extracted real parameters, and as we shall show, the coherent data can indeed be averaged after proper phase normalization. In this work, we have considered both coherent and incoherent approaches for the purpose of quantitatively comparing the utility of the various approaches. The analysis procedure is based on a series of classification tests on many different polarimetric parameters derived after applying the different theoretical methods. Several classification methods have been applied, and hence, the work comprises a comparison of the classification potential of different polarimetric descriptors as well as a comparison of the performance of differ-ent classifiers for the type of data under investigation. Data from the Danish EMISAR have been used.

Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech, Paper)
Title:Comparison of Methods for Classification of Land Cover using Poarimetric SAR data
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Krogager, ErnstDDRE, Denish Defense and Research Establishment
Staykova, DoroteyaDDRE, Denish Defense and Research Establishment
Alberga, VitoDDRE, Denish Defense and Research Establishment
Danklmayer, AndreasUNSPECIFIED
Chandra, MadhuTUC, Technical University of Chemnitz, Germany
Date:May 2006
Journal or Publication Title:European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar (EUSAR)
Refereed publication:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Publisher:VDE VERLAG GMBH, Berlin und Offenbach, Bismarckstraße 33, D-10625 Berlin
Status:Published
Keywords:Classification, Land Cover, Polarimetric SAR data, Radar Polarimetry
Event Title:European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar (EUSAR)
Event Location:Dresden, Germany
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2006-05-16 - 2006-05-18
Organizer:ITG, VDE, DLR, EADS, FGAN, EADS ASTRIUM
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport (old)
HGF - Program:Space (old)
HGF - Program Themes:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research area:Space
DLR - Program:W EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):W - Vorhaben SAR-Expert-Support-Lab (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > Microwave Systems
Deposited By: Dr.-Ing. Andreas Danklmayer
Deposited On:29 May 2006
Last Modified:12 Dec 2013 20:19

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