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Overview of the PolSARpro v4.0 Software

Eric Pottier(1)

(1) IETR UMR CNRS 6164, University of Rennes 1, Campus de beaulieu, 35000 Rennes, France


Overview of the PolSARpro v4.0 Software New updates of the Educational Toolbox for Polarimetric and Interferometric Polarimetric SAR Data Processing.

Eric Pottier(1), Laurent Ferro-Famil(1), Sophie Allain(1), Shane Cloude(2), Irena Hajnsek(3), Kostas Papathanassiou(3), Alberto Moreira(3), Mark Williams(4), Andrea Minchella(5), Marco Lavalle(5), Yves-Louis Desnos(5)

(1) IETR, UMR CNRS- 6164, University of Rennes 1, France, (2) AEL Consultant, UK, (3) DLR - HR, Germany, (4) Mark William Consultant, Australia, (5) ESA-ESRIN, Italy


PolSARpro is a polarimetric SAR data processing and educational tool developed under contract to the European Space Agency by a consortium led by SAPHIR team from 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 v4.0 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 v4.0 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 v4.0 software proposes a great collection of well-established algorithms and tools designed to handle and convert polarimetric data from a range of polarimetric Airborne Sensors (AIRSAR, Convair, EMISAR, ESAR, PISAR, RAMSES) and from a range of past and new Spaceborne Sensors (ENVISAT-ASAR, ALOS-PALSAR, RADARSAT2, TerraSAR X, SIRc). Based on the PolSARproSim, included in the PolSARpro v3.3 software, that is a fully polarimetric-interferometric coherent SAR scattering and imaging simulator for forests developed by Dr Mark L. Williams, two new simulators PolSARproSimVeg and PolSARproSimGround are proposed that provide simulated test data of high fidelity on Ground plus Vegetation and Ground alone that can be used within the tutorial package of PolSARpro v4.0. The PolSARpro version 4.0 will be released in January 2009 and will be available to download free of charge (source code, elements software packages, tutorial, lecture notes …) from the ESA Web Portal (Earthnet) at: Currently, around 800 users are registered from 60 different countries. A global overview of all the main and new functionalities proposed in the PolSARpro v4.0 Software will be presented during the symposium. A specific demonstration will be proposed mainly based on the validation of the ESA PolSARpro toolbox in processing the new and recent full polarimetric RADARSAT-2 and ALOS-PALSAR data sets. In addition, training opportunities with PolSARpro v4.0 and the upcoming POLINSAR workshop in January 2009 will be introduced.


Workshop presentation


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