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Interferometric Analysis of RADARSAT Strip-Map Mode Data

Geudtner, Dirk and Vachon, Paris and Mattar, Karim and Schättler, Birgit and Gray, A.L. (2001) Interferometric Analysis of RADARSAT Strip-Map Mode Data. Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing, Vol. 27 (No. 2), pp. 96-108.

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RADARSAT’2 synthetic aperture radar (SAR) provides several strip-map and ScanSAR beam modes. We consider the interferometric analysis of RADARSAT SAR strip-map mode data sets, which differ in several respects from the well-known ERS SAR version. Interferometric image pairs with suitable baselines can be selected through evaluation of the projected equatorial satellite ground track drift. We acquired several data sets with useful interferometric baselines over Bathurst Island, Canada. This Arctic study site provides dry and barren surface conditions, reducing the effects of temporal decorrelation over RADARSAT’s 24-day repeat-pass interval, especially during the winter time, allowing generation of useful interferograms and demonstration of interferometry techniques. The effects of RADARSAT’s imaging geometry on the azimuth and range frequency spectra are analyzed to establish their influence on spectral alignment. This also includes a discussion of the rotational decorrelation caused by skewed orbit geometry. For three image pairs, we compare the relative accuracy of RADARSAT’s annotated and external definitive orbit ephemeris data and discuss the merits of the two types of orbit data for determination of the three-dimensional interfereometric imaging geometry.

Document Type:Article
Additional Information: LIDO-Berichtsjahr=2004,
Title:Interferometric Analysis of RADARSAT Strip-Map Mode Data
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Mattar, KarimCCRS
Schättler, BirgitUNSPECIFIED
Gray, A.L.CCRS
Journal or Publication Title:Canadian Journal of Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:Vol. 27
Page Range:pp. 96-108
Keywords:Radarsat, SAR interferometry
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):UNSPECIFIED
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute
Remote Sensing Technology Institute
Deposited By: Cornelia Roehl
Deposited On:06 Feb 2006
Last Modified:06 Jan 2010 22:37

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