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Dual-polarized TerraSAR-X data for oil-spill observation

Velotto, Domenico and Migliaccio, Maurizio and Nunziata, Ferdinando and Lehner, Susanne (2009) Dual-polarized TerraSAR-X data for oil-spill observation. Workshop on SAR Ocean Remote Sensing OceanSAR, 7.-10. Sept. 2009, Herrsching, Germany.

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Official URL: https://projets.ifremer.fr/globwave/Workshops-Events/2009-Schedule/OceanSAR-2009


The Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is unanimously recognized as the most important remote sensing tool for sea oil spill monitoring. The TerraSAR-X satellite can provide high-quality, multi-mode X-band SAR-data from Ocean surface for scientific research and associated applications. For the purposes of this study Single Look Slant Range Complex (SSC) Dual Polarization StripMap (SM) TerraSAR-X products are employed. Physically based polarimetric approaches, aimed at exploiting fully the information carried on the scattered waves, have been shown to be useful for both observing oil spills and distinguishing them from biogenic look-alikes [1]-[2]. Following this, the phase difference between the complex HH and VV channels, which has been demonstrated to be suitable to observe sea oil spills in C-band SAR data [2], will be employed to distinguish in physical terms the X-band signal scattered off the slick-free and slick-covered sea surface as images as collected by the new TerraSAR-X satellite. Experiments, accomplished over a meaningful set of SSC dual-polarized TerraSAR-X data in which both oil and look-alikes are present, show that, for both observing sea oil slicks and distinguishing them from weak-damping look-alikes in X-band polarimetric SAR data, the standard deviation of the phase difference is the key information.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/88888/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Dual-polarized TerraSAR-X data for oil-spill observation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Velotto, Domenicodomenico.velotto (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Migliaccio, Mauriziomaurizio.migliaccio (at) uniparthenope.itUNSPECIFIED
Nunziata, Ferdinandoferdinando.nunziata (at) uniparthenope.itUNSPECIFIED
Lehner, SusanneSusanne.Lehner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Refereed publication:No
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Page Range:pp. 1-11
Keywords:oil-spill, TerraSAR-X, co-polar phase difference, co-polarized ratio
Event Title:Workshop on SAR Ocean Remote Sensing OceanSAR
Event Location:Herrsching, Germany
Event Type:Workshop
Event Dates:7.-10. Sept. 2009
Organizer:Remote Sensing Technology Institute IMF of the German Aerospace Center DLR
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 - Vorhaben Entwicklung und Erprobung von Verfahren zur Gewässerfernerkundung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Remote Sensing Technology Institute > SAR Signal Processing
Deposited By: Kaps, Ruth
Deposited On:25 Sep 2014 10:56
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:46

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