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3-D glacier subsurface characterization using SAR polarimetry

Parrella, Giuseppe and Papathanassiou, Konstantinos and Hajnsek, Irena (2015) 3-D glacier subsurface characterization using SAR polarimetry. In: IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), pp. 1-4. IEEE. IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS), 2015-07-26 - 2015-07-31, Milan, Italy. doi: 10.1109/igarss.2015.7327011.

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The paper introduces a new polarimetric scattering model able to interpret and invert coherent polarimetric SAR (PolSAR) measurements over glaciers and ice sheets. Individual scattering components related to ice lenses and pipes are considered to model the subsurface scattering structure of ice sheets. The model is able to interpret the scattering amplitudes, their ratios at the different polarizations as well as the observed polarimetric phase differences. The co-polarization (HH-VV) phase difference is related to the structural anisotropy of the firn layer and can be used to estimate its thickness. The model is validated against L-band PolSAR data acquired by the E-SAR sensor of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) over the Austfonna ice cap in Svalbard during the ICESAR2007 campaign and available GPR profiles. L-band GPR profiles measured in spring 2007 by the Norwegian Polar Institute and the University of Oslo are also used to support the data analysis and interpretation.

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Title:3-D glacier subsurface characterization using SAR polarimetry
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Date:July 2015
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 1-4
Keywords:Polarimetric SAR, glacier subsurface, electromagnetic model, polarization phase difference, polarimetric decomposition, firn anisotropy
Event Title:IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS)
Event Location:Milan, Italy
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2015-07-26 - 2015-07-31
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 Multi-dimensionale SAR-Auswertung (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Microwaves and Radar Institute > Radar Concepts
Deposited By: Parrella, Dr. sc. Giuseppe
Deposited On:18 Dec 2014 14:07
Last Modified:24 Jul 2023 11:26

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