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Considerations On Data Compression Of Synthetic Aperture Radar Images
Author(s): Chialin Wu
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes some analytical results relative to the effectiveness of applying data compression techniques for efficient transmission of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) signals and images. A Rayleigh target model is assumed in the analysis. It is also assumed that all surface reflectivity information is of interest and needs to be transmitted. Spectral characteristics of radar echo signals and processed images are analyzed. Analytical results generally indicate that due to the lack of high spatial correlation in the Rayleigh distributed radar surface reflectivity, application of data compression to SAR signals and images under the square difference fidelity criterion may be less effective than its application to images obtained using incoherent illumination. On the other hand, if certain random variations in radar images are considered as undesirable, substantial compression ratio may be achieved by removing such variations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 December 1976
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0087, Advances in Image Transmission Techniques, (13 December 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.954987
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Chialin Wu, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0087:
Advances in Image Transmission Techniques
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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