Polarimetric Radar Imaging: From Basics to Applications

Jong-Sen Lee, Eric Pottier

February 2, 2009 by CRC Press
Reference - 438 Pages - 197 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420054972 - CAT# 5497X


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  • Presents the complete picture of polarimetric radar imaging, from the basics of polarized electromagnetic waves and polarimetric radar scattering to processing algorithms to remote sensing applications
  • Focuses on Cloude and Pottier target decomposition theory, illustrating the target parameters, entropy, alpha angle, and anisotropy with PolSAR data
  • Discusses speckle filtering as an essential part of polarimetric information processing
  • Shows that the complex Wishart distribution is the most appropriate for characterizing the statistical property of polarimetric imaging radar data
  • Examines the relationship between coherent and incoherent target decomposition theorems
  • Provides practical examples of remote sensing applications, such as terrain classification, using airborne and space-borne PolSAR data


The recent launches of three fully polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR) satellites have shown that polarimetric radar imaging can provide abundant data on the Earth’s environment, such as biomass and forest height estimation, snow cover mapping, glacier monitoring, and damage assessment. Written by two of the most recognized leaders in this field, Polarimetric Radar Imaging: From Basics to Applications presents polarimetric radar imaging and processing techniques and shows how to develop remote sensing applications using PolSAR imaging radar.

The book provides a substantial and balanced introduction to the basic theory and advanced concepts of polarimetric scattering mechanisms, speckle statistics and speckle filtering, polarimetric information analysis and extraction techniques, and applications typical to radar polarimetric remote sensing. It explains the importance of wave polarization theory and the speckle phenomenon in the information retrieval problem of microwave imaging and inverse scattering. The authors demonstrate how to devise intelligent information extraction algorithms for remote sensing applications. They also describe more advanced polarimetric analysis techniques for polarimetric target decompositions, polarization orientation effects, polarimetric scattering modeling, speckle filtering, terrain and forest classification, manmade target analysis, and PolSAR interferometry.

With sample PolSAR data sets and software available for download, this self-contained, hands-on book encourages you to analyze space-borne and airborne PolSAR and polarimetric interferometric SAR (Pol-InSAR) data and then develop applications using this data.