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Polarimetric Decomposition of L-Band PolSAR Backscattering Over the Austfonna Ice-Cap

Parrella, Giuseppe and Hajnsek, Irena and Papathanassiou, Konstantinos (2016) Polarimetric Decomposition of L-Band PolSAR Backscattering Over the Austfonna Ice-Cap. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 54 (3), pp. 1267-1281. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TGRS.2015.2477168. ISSN 0196-2892.

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Over the last 30 years, the use of airborne and satellite remote sensing techniques has revolutionized glaciology through unequaled improvements in the scale and in the temporal and spatial resolutions of cryospheric observations. In this sense, the introduction of Synthetic Aperture Radars (SARs) likely represents the greatest advance for glaciological applications. This paper describes a novel polarimetric scattering model to interpret polarimetric SAR (PolSAR) measurements of glaciers and ice sheets. Different scattering components are considered according to the specific glacier facies, in order to infer physical parameters of the ice volume. Total backscatter is modelled as the incoherent sum of eventual surface and volume contributions. A new component is introduced to describe differential propagation effects related to firn anisotropy, which is able to interpret polarization phase differences. The developed model is used to perform a polarimetric decomposition of L-band PolSAR data collected by the E-SAR sensor of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) over the Austfonna ice cap, Svalbard, Norway, as part of the ICESAR2007 campaign. Decomposition results are consistent with the information provided by a set of ground measurements about the subsurface structure of the study area and confirm the need of dedicated scattering models for the different glacier zones.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/95178/
Document Type:Article
Title:Polarimetric Decomposition of L-Band PolSAR Backscattering Over the Austfonna Ice-Cap
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Papathanassiou, KonstantinosUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date:March 2016
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TGRS.2015.2477168
Page Range:pp. 1267-1281
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Publisher:IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Keywords:Synthetic aperture radar, Polarimetry, Anisotropic propagation, Particle scattering, Glacier subsurface, Glacier facies
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:11 Feb 2015 11:11
Last Modified:08 Mar 2018 18:34

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