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First Comparison of Sentinel-1 and TerraSAR-X data in the framework of maritime targets detection: South Italy case

Velotto, Domenico and Bentes da Silva, Carlos Augusto and Tings, Björn and Lehner, Susanne (2016) First Comparison of Sentinel-1 and TerraSAR-X data in the framework of maritime targets detection: South Italy case. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering, 41 (4), pp. 993-1006. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. doi: 10.1109/JOE.2016.2520216. ISSN 0364-9059.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/JOE.2016.2520216


The Sentinel-1A is the first of two satellites that composes the Sentinel-1 radar mission. Both satellites operate a C-band synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system to give continuity to the European SAR program. SAR is a flexible sensor able to fulfil users/applications requirements in terms of Resolution and coverage thanks to different operational modes and polarizations.With the in-orbit availability of very-high-Resolution X-band SAR sensors, the Sentinel-1 satellites have been designed to achieve wide coverage at medium to high resolution. The interferometric wide swath (IWS) mode implemented with the terrain observation with progressive scan (TOPS) technique is the standard acquisition mode over European waters and land masses. IWS in dual-polarization (VV/VH) combination offers 250-km swath at 5 m × 20 m (range × azimuth) spatial resolution. These specifications are in line with the needs of the European Maritime and Security Agency (EMSA) for oil spill and ship detection applications included in the CleanSeaNet program. The main goals of this paper are: assessment of medium-tohigh-resolution C-band Sentinel-1 data with very-high-Resolution X-band TerraSAR-X data for maritime targets detection; synergetic use of multiplatforms satellite SAR data for target Features extraction; evaluation of polarimetric target detectors for the available co-polarization and cross-polarization Sentinel-1A IWS VV/VH products. The objectives are achieved by means of real, almost coincident C-band and X-band SAR data acquired by Sentinel-1A and TerraSAR-X satellites over Gulf of Naples and Catania (South Italy). Furthermore, the obtained results are supported by recorded ground truth vessel reports via terrestrial automatic identification system (AIS) stations located in the area.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/95952/
Document Type:Article
Additional Information:published online
Title:First Comparison of Sentinel-1 and TerraSAR-X data in the framework of maritime targets detection: South Italy case
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Velotto, DomenicoDomenico.Velotto (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-8592-0652
Bentes da Silva, Carlos AugustoCarlos.Bentes (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-5941-334X
Tings, BjörnBjoern.Tings (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1945-6433
Lehner, SusanneSusanne.Lehner (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:5 April 2016
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1109/JOE.2016.2520216
Page Range:pp. 993-1006
Publisher:IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Keywords:Targets detection, SAR, multi-frequency, multi-polarization
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: Bremen , Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Remote Sensing Technology Institute > SAR Signal Processing
Remote Sensing Technology Institute
Deposited By: Kaps, Ruth
Deposited On:19 Aug 2015 11:27
Last Modified:06 Sep 2019 15:20

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