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Three-Dimensional Imaging and Scattering Mechanism Estimation Over Urban Scenes Using Dual-Baseline Polarimetric InSAR Observations at L-band

Sauer, Stefan and Ferro-Famil, Laurent and Reigber, Andreas and Pottier, Eric (2011) Three-Dimensional Imaging and Scattering Mechanism Estimation Over Urban Scenes Using Dual-Baseline Polarimetric InSAR Observations at L-band. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 49 (11), pp. 4616-4629. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. doi: 10.1109/TGRS.2011.2147321.


Official URL: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=5887412


This paper introduces new polarimetric algorithms for generating 3-D images and estimating scattering mechanisms from polarimetric multibaseline (MB) interferometric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) measurements. First, an MB interferometric SAR signal model is generalized to the fully polarimetric configuration, establishing the notion of polarimetric reflectivity. Subsequently, polarimetric beamforming, Capon, and MUSIC methods that determine optimal polarization combinations for height estimation are developed. These new techniques allow for extracting the height of reflectors, the associated scattering mechanisms, and the polarimetric (pseudo)reflectivities. By means of polarimetric dual-baseline interferometric SAR observations of an urban environment, the performance of the conceived algorithms is examined in detail. Producing 3-D images of a building layover, the quality of the approaches is compared in terms of refined resolution and lowered side lobes. Furthermore, the scattering processes occurring in urban scenes are investigated thoroughly by analyzing the optimal reflection types. The algorithms are validated using dual-baseline polarimetric SAR interferometric data at L-band acquired by German Aerospace Center's experimental SAR system over Dresden city.

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Title:Three-Dimensional Imaging and Scattering Mechanism Estimation Over Urban Scenes Using Dual-Baseline Polarimetric InSAR Observations at L-band
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Ferro-Famil, LaurentUniversité de Rennes 1UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Pottier, EricUniversité de Rennes 1UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:November 2011
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 4616-4629
Publisher:IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Keywords:3-D SAR urban remote sensing , 3-D polarimetric SAR tomography , Multibaseline (MB) polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) interferometry (POL-InSAR) , multichannel SAR , polarimetric array signal processing techniques
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 Flugzeug-SAR (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > Radar Concepts
Microwaves and Radar Institute
Microwaves and Radar Institute > SAR Technology
Deposited By: Sauer, Stefan
Deposited On:08 Jul 2011 14:17
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:32

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