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Retrieval of ocean wave spectra from ERS synthetic aperture radar image cross spectra
Author(s): Giacomo De Carolis; Ferdinando Iavarone
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Paper Abstract

The retrieval of ocean wave spectra from ERS SAR image cross spectra is addressed in order to assess their potential to estimate the thickness of thin sea ice such as frazil and pancake ice. The inversion procedure based on the gradient descent algorithm, already demonstrated for airborne SAR data, is exploited and the capability of this method when applied to satellite SAR sensors is investigated. In fact the major differences between the two imaging situations lie in the illumination geometry and azimuth integration time. The SAR- ERS SLC image acquired on April 10, 1993 over the Greenland Sea was selected as test image. A couple of windows that include open sea only and sea ice cover, respectively, were selected. The inversions were carried out using different guess wave spectra taken from SAR image cross spectra. Moreover, care was taken to properly handle negative values eventually occurring during the inversion runs. This results in a modification of the gradient descending technique that is required if a non-negative solution of the wave spectrum is searched for. Results are discussed in view of the possibility of SAR data to detect ocean wave dispersion as a means for the retrieval of ice thickness.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 November 1998
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3497, SAR Image Analysis, Modeling, and Techniques, (20 November 1998);
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Giacomo De Carolis, Istituto di Tecnologia Informatica Spaziale (Italy)
Ferdinando Iavarone, Advanced Computer System (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3497:
SAR Image Analysis, Modeling, and Techniques
Francesco Posa, Editor(s)

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