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A Collection of SAR Methodologies for Monitoring Wetlands

White, Lori and Brisco, Brian and Dabboor, Mohammed and Schmitt, Andreas and Pratt, Andrew (2015) A Collection of SAR Methodologies for Monitoring Wetlands. Remote Sensing, 7 (6), pp. 7615-7645. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). ISBN 10.3390/rs70607615 ISSN 2072-4292

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Wetlands are an important natural resource that requires monitoring. A key step in environmental monitoring is to map the locations and characteristics of the resource to better enable assessment of change over time. Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems are helpful in this way for wetland resources because their data can be used to map and monitor changes in surface water extent, saturated soils, flooded vegetation, and changes in wetland vegetation cover. We review a few techniques to demonstrate SAR capabilities for wetland monitoring, including the commonly used method of grey-level thresholding for mapping surface water and highlighting changes in extent, and approaches for polarimetric decompositions to map flooded vegetation and changes from one class of land cover to another. We use the Curvelet-based change detection and the Wishart-Chernoff Distance approaches to show how they substantially improve mapping of flooded vegetation and flagging areas of change, respectively. We recommend that the increasing availability SAR data and the proven ability of these data to map various components of wetlands mean SAR should be considered as a critical component of a wetland monitoring system.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/96780/
Document Type:Article
Title:A Collection of SAR Methodologies for Monitoring Wetlands
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
White, Lorilori.white (at) ec.gc.caUNSPECIFIED
Brisco, Brianbrian.briso (at) nrcan.gc.caUNSPECIFIED
Dabboor, MohammedMohammed.Dabboor (at) ec.gc.caUNSPECIFIED
Schmitt, AndreasAndreas.Schmitt (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Pratt, Andrewa_pratt (at) ducks.caUNSPECIFIED
Date:June 2015
Journal or Publication Title:Remote Sensing
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Page Range:pp. 7615-7645
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:synthetic aperture radar; wetlands; mapping; image thresholding; polarimetric decompositions; curvelet-based change detection; Wishart-Chernoff distance
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Erdbeobachtung
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Multi-dimensionale SAR-Auswertung
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
Deposited By: Schmitt, Andreas
Deposited On:23 Jun 2015 09:09
Last Modified:14 Dec 2019 04:26

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