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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Stereo-synthetic aperture radar technique without using control points to estimate terrain height
Author(s): Hsi-Tseng Chou; Kung-Yu Lu; Chung-Chih Liu
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Paper Abstract

A stereo-synthetic aperture radar (stereo-SAR)-based technique is proposed to estimate the unknown terrain profile of a target area. This technique first mathematically builds up a virtual reference profile. An algorithm is afterward developed to estimate the relative height difference between the desired and reference profiles by using the trigonometric relationship between their relative SAR range distances, which allows for building up the height of the desired profile from the reference profile. This technique is advantageous and is simple in implementation because the virtual reference profile is constructed by using the same SAR range information as that used for the terrain profile under estimation, which is established by considering the measurement difference between two SAR receivers. It does not require the use of an existing known profile as the reference. Furthermore, we present a technique for calibrating the measured SAR range information, which significantly improves the estimation accuracy. Three practical examples are presented to demonstrate the feasibility of the developed technique.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 September 2015
PDF: 16 pages
J. Appl. Rem. Sens. 9(1) 095051 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.9.095051
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 9, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Hsi-Tseng Chou, National Taiwan Univ. (Taiwan)
Kung-Yu Lu, Yuan Ze Univ. (Taiwan)
Chung-Chih Liu, Minghsin Univ. of Science and Technology (Taiwan)

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