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Exploitation of TerraSAR-X
Author(s): Jorg Herrmann
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Paper Abstract

InfoTerra is an innovative market-derived EO-services concept with end-to-end products and service chains addressing end user information requirements in existing and new markets, with the advantage of a dedicated SAR satellite system TerraSAR (L+X-band) featuring high spatial and thematic resolution. The services will be provided from integrated value chains in a network with complementary partners, benefiting from most up-to-date and reliable image acquisition. The service development has been initiated in 1998 running in parallel to the TerraSAR space and ground system implementation. Infoterra, a new geo-information services company founded in 2001, implements the business concept. TerraSAR-X will be the first system element being available in 2006. The X-band SAR capability enables various applications, e.g. change detection to rationalize updating of cartographic databases; forest inventories, and de-/afforestation monitoring; crop stand density monitoring to support optimized fungicide application; land use monitoring in support of environmental control. A key challenge addressed in the exploitation development is the largely automated and quality controlled large area processing and feature extraction. The high resolution, multi-polarization, and multi-mode TerraSAR-X data source will considerably improve the short-term event observation from space. Reception of data via dedicated ground stations of customers or partners will also be offered.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 January 2004
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5236, SAR Image Analysis, Modeling, and Techniques VI, (12 January 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.517201
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Jorg Herrmann, Infoterra GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5236:
SAR Image Analysis, Modeling, and Techniques VI
Francesco Posa, Editor(s)

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