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Are Pixel Intensities Proportional To Radar Cross Section In SAR Images?

Döring, Björn J. and Schwerdt, Marco (2012) Are Pixel Intensities Proportional To Radar Cross Section In SAR Images? In: International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), pp. 1-3. IEEE. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2012-07-23 - 2012-07-27, Munich, Germany. doi: 10.1109/igarss.2012.6350596.



Radar cross section has long been the measurement quantity of choice to describe the radar reflectivity of point targets in calibrated synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images. Derived quantities like the backscatter coefficient are equally in wide-spread use to radiometrically describe, in scientific applications often even more relevant, distributed targets. This paper now raises the question if radar cross section (RCS) really is the best choice to link pixel intensities or digital numbers to a physical unit. In fact, it is shown that RCS actually is not a good choice out of two major reasons, both of which result from the RCS being frequency dependent. The authors propose to distinguish the radar cross section, a body property, from the actual radiometric measurement quantity in SAR images by introducing the dedicated term equivalent RCS. Additionally, the implications for measurements and radiometric calibration are described.

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Title:Are Pixel Intensities Proportional To Radar Cross Section In SAR Images?
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:25 July 2012
Journal or Publication Title:International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 1-3
Keywords:SAR, calibration, point target
Event Title:IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
Event Location:Munich, Germany
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2012-07-23 - 2012-07-27
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 > Spaceborne SAR Systems
Deposited By: Döring, Björn
Deposited On:27 Jun 2012 11:43
Last Modified:11 Aug 2023 12:35

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