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Polarimetric backscattering of offshore platforms using dual-polarization TerraSAR-X data

Marino, Armando and Velotto, Domenico and Nunziata, Ferdinando and Li, Xiaofeng and Zhang, Tao (2017) Polarimetric backscattering of offshore platforms using dual-polarization TerraSAR-X data. 2017 Dragon 4 Symposium, 23.-26. June 2017, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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The amount of offshore platform is increasing significantly due to the improvements in drilling technology. In particular, the advances due to deep water drilling technology allows installation to be mobile (to not have a stable location) and to be in regions far from coastal water. Offshore platforms pose a risk to environment with the threat of oil and gas spillage, especially due to their exposition to extreme weather conditions. Besides being a risk to the environment, since their location is not mapped on maps, they are also obstacles for yachts, low flying airplanes and merchant ships in low visibility conditions. Offshore platforms are generally large metallic constructions, which should make them easily detected and mapped by using satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) medium resolution imagery. However, we recently obtained analysed measurements showing that some of the platforms in some acquisition geometries may be invisible in single-polarization backscattering images, leading to miss-detection. On the other hand the detection is still feasible if the dual polarimetric information is used. In this work we exploiting a time series of dual-polarization TerraSAR-X data acquisitions over a cluster of offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Among others, factors affecting the backscattering include polarization, resolution and incidence angle. Finally in this paper we also address how incoherent and coherent polarimetric observables can be exploited to detect platforms when the single polarimetric acquisition may fail detection.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/111813/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Additional Information:http://dragon4.esa.int/2017-symp/
Title:Polarimetric backscattering of offshore platforms using dual-polarization TerraSAR-X data
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Marino, Armandoopen university, school of engineering and innovation, mk7 6aa milton keynes, u.k.https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4531-3102
Velotto, DomenicoDomenico.Velotto (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8592-0652
Nunziata, Ferdinandouniversità di napoli parthenope, dipartimento di ingegneria, 80143 napoli, italyUNSPECIFIED
Li, XiaofengNational Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service–National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, College Park, MD 20740 USAUNSPECIFIED
Zhang, TaoShanghai Jiao Tong University, School of Electronic Information and Electrical Engineering, Shanghai, CHINAUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Series Name:ESA Special Publications
Keywords:polarimetry, SAR, targets
Event Title:2017 Dragon 4 Symposium
Event Location:Copenhagen, Denmark
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:23.-26. June 2017
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - SAR methods
Location: Bremen , Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Remote Sensing Technology Institute > SAR Signal Processing
Deposited By: Kaps, Ruth
Deposited On:29 May 2017 08:50
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 20:09

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