PolSARpro v3.3 Software and ALOS/PALSAR PolSAR Data Processing


(1) IETR UMR CNRS 6164, Université de Rennes 1, Campus de Beaulieu, 35042 Rennes cedex, France


PolSARpro is a polarimetric SAR data processing and educational tool developed under contract to the European Space Agency by a consortium comprising IETR at the University of Rennes 1, The Microwaves and Radar Institute (HR) of DLR and AEL Consultants, together with Dr Mark L. Williams. The PolSARpro v3.3 software aims to facilitate the accessibility and exploitation of multi-polarised SAR datasets. The first objective of the current project is to provide an Educational Software that offers a tool for self-education in the field of Polarimetric SAR data analysis at University level and a comprehensive suite of functions for the scientific exploitation of fully and partially polarimetric multi-data sets and the development of applications for such data. The PolSARpro v3.3 software establishes a foundation for the exploitation of Polarimetric techniques for scientific developments and stimulates research and applications developments using PolSAR and PolInSAR data. The PolSARpro v3.3 software proposes a great collection of well-established algorithms and tools designed to handle polarimetric SAR data from ALOS-PALSAR. The PolSARpro v3.3 software is provided with a wide-ranging tutorial and comprehensive documentation offering grounding in polarimetry and polarimetric interferometry necessary to stimulate research and development of scientific applications that exploit polarimetric data and techniques. Users have access to a comprehensive in-depth documentation permitting self-education to a high level (radar experts and post graduate students). The PolSARpro v3.3 Software is also accompanied by different series of Tutorial Slide Shows that are made available to support taught courses of for use as part of a self teaching programme. The PolSARpro v3.3 software is running on the following platforms: Windows 98+, Windows 2000, Windows NT 4.0, Windows XP, Linux I386 and Unix Solaris, and is made available following the Open Source Software Development (OSSD) approach. The PolSARpro version 3.0 beta 3.1 was released in January 2008 and is available to download free (source code, elements software packages, tutorial, lecture notes …) from the ESA Web Portal (Earthnet) at: A global overview of all the main functionalities proposed in the PolSARpro v3.3 Software will be presented during the symposium, accompanied with demonstrations of the Tool.


Symposium presentation


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