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Radar Backscatter Mapping Using TerraSAR-X

Rizzoli, Paola and Bräutigam, Benjamin and Wollstadt, Steffen and Mittermayer, Josef (2011) Radar Backscatter Mapping Using TerraSAR-X. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 49 (10), pp. 3538-3547. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society. ISSN 0196-2892.

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Global backscatter data can be used for accurate synthetic aperture radar (SAR) performance estimation and optimizing instrument settings for SAR systems, e.g. the TerraSAR-X mission (TSM) and the TanDEM-X mission (TDM). The goal of this work is the generation of X-band backscatter maps by mosaicking images acquired by the TSM. An algorithm that allows the estimation of the on-ground backscatter, for any required polarization and incidence angle from the available data, is implemented. In this paper, the backscattermap generation algorithm is presented, together with the first results, obtained from the TSX-1 data. The validity of the interpolation models is also discussed, as they will form the basis for a future global statistical analysis and modeling of backscatter behavior in X-band SAR data.

Document Type:Article
Title:Radar Backscatter Mapping Using TerraSAR-X
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Bräutigam, BenjaminUNSPECIFIED
Wollstadt, SteffenUNSPECIFIED
Mittermayer, JosefUNSPECIFIED
Date:October 2011
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
In Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 3538-3547
Publisher:IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society
Keywords:Mosaic generation, radar brightness, TanDEM-X (TDX-1), TerraSAR-X (TSX-1), X-band backscatter
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 - Projekt TerraSAR-X Kalibration und Projektunterstützung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute
Microwaves and Radar Institute > Spaceborne SAR Systems
Deposited By: Paola Rizzoli
Deposited On:07 Dec 2011 10:50
Last Modified:07 Feb 2013 20:21

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