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Single-Look SAR Tomography of Urban Areas

Martin del Campo Becerra, Gustavo Daniel and Reigber, Andreas and Nannini, Matteo and Hensley, Scott (2020) Single-Look SAR Tomography of Urban Areas. Remote Sensing, 12 (16). Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/rs12162555. ISSN 2072-4292.

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Official URL: https://www.mdpi.com/2072-4292/12/16/2555


Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) tomography (TomoSAR) is a multibaseline interferometric technique that estimates the power spectrum pattern (PSP) along the perpendicular to the line-ofsight (PLOS) direction. TomoSAR achieves the separation of individual scatterers in layover areas, allowing for the 3D representation of urban zones. These scenes are typically characterized by buildings of different heights, with layover between the facades of the higher structures, the rooftop of the smaller edifices and the ground surface. Multilooking, as required by most spectral estimation techniques, reduces the azimuth-range spatial resolution, since it is accomplished through the averaging of adjacent values, e.g., via Boxcar filtering. Consequently, with the aim of avoiding the spatial mixture of sources due to multilooking, this article proposes a novel methodology to perform single-look TomoSAR over urban areas. First, a robust version of Capon is applied to focus the TomoSAR data, being robust against the rank-deficiencies of the data covariance matrices. Afterward, the recovered PSP is refined using statistical regularization, attaining resolution enhancement, suppression of artifacts and reduction of the ambiguity levels. The capabilities of the proposed methodology are demonstrated by means of strip-map airborne data of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), acquired by the uninhabited aerial vehicle SAR (UAVSAR) system over the urban area of Munich, Germany in 2015. Making use of multipolarization data [horizontal/horizontal (HH), horizontal/vertical (HV) and vertical/vertical (VV)], a comparative analysis against popular focusing techniques for urban monitoring (i.e., matched filtering, Capon and compressive sensing (CS)) is addressed.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/137708/
Document Type:Article
Title:Single-Look SAR Tomography of Urban Areas
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Martin del Campo Becerra, Gustavo DanielUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1642-6068UNSPECIFIED
Reigber, AndreasUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-2118-5046UNSPECIFIED
Nannini, MatteoUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-3523-9639UNSPECIFIED
Hensley, ScottJet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:August 2020
Journal or Publication Title:Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:Capon beamforming; single-look; statistical regularization; synthetic aperture radar (SAR) tomography (TomoSAR)
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 - Aircraft SAR
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > SAR Technology
Deposited By: Martin del Campo Becerra, Gustavo
Deposited On:18 Nov 2020 12:06
Last Modified:28 Mar 2023 23:57

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