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A Review of the Applications of SAR Polarimetry and Polarimetric Interferometry - an ESA-funded study

Dr Douglas Corr (1), Dr Shane Cloude(2) , Dr Laurent Ferro-Famil(3) , Dr Dirk Hoekman(4) , Dr Kim Partington(5) , Prof Eric Pottier(3) , and Alex Rodrigues(1)

(1) QinetiQ, Room 1004, A8 Building, Farnborough, Hants. GU14 0LX, United Kingdom
(2) AELc, Granary Business Centre, Unit 3.3, Fife. KY15 5YQ, United Kingdom
(3) University of Rennes 1, Campus de Beaulieu, Bat 11D - Bureau 116, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France
(4) SarVision, KvK Arnhem 09112525, Wageningen, Netherlands
(5) Vexcel UK, Arrowfield House, Newbury, Berkshire. RG14 6AA, United Kingdom


In this paper we present an overview of an ESA ESRIN-funded study entitled Applications of SAR Polarimetry. The study was jointly conducted by QinetiQ, AELc, University of Rennes 1, SarVision and VexcelUK. The aim was to review, assess and validate the benefits of using polarimetry for Land-Cover classification and Sea-Ice classification. The potential of Polarimetric Interferometry for vegetation parameter retrieval was also reviewed, assessed and demonstrated. A literature review was undertaken to choose the most promising techniques prior to their evaluation. This paper summarises the objectives, key conclusions and recommendations of the study.


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