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Early detection of RFI in SMOS radiometric measurements
Author(s): Eric Anterrieu
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Paper Abstract

The SMOS mission is a European Space Agency (ESA) project aimed at global monitoring of surface Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity from radiometric L-band observations. The single payload of the mission is MIRAS, the very first Microwave Imaging Radiometer using Aperture Synthesis ever launched into space. This work is concerned with the contamination of the data collected by MIRAS by radio frequency interferences (RFI) which degrade the performance of the mission. RFI events are evidenced and it is explained why well-known standard RFI detection methods cannot be used. Accounting for specificities of MIRAS, an early detection method tailored to SMOS measurements is presented and illustrated with data acquired with the reference radiometers during the first year of the mission. The aim of this method is not to localize nor to quantify the RFI sources but only to detect, to quantify and possibly to mitigate the corresponding RFI effects in the signals measured by these radiometers. This is done as soon as possible in the processing pipeline so that the propagation of such undesirable effects is known and under control from measurements to final products.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2011
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 8157, Satellite Data Compression, Communications, and Processing VII, 81570Q (16 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892461
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Eric Anterrieu, CNRS, Institut de Recherche en Astrophysique et Planétol, Univ. de Toulouse (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8157:
Satellite Data Compression, Communications, and Processing VII
Bormin Huang; Antonio J. Plaza; Carole Thiebaut, Editor(s)

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