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On the application of multifrequency polarimetric radar observations for sea-ice classificationThe use of multifrequency polarimetric radar imagery to enhance the ability to separate different sea-ice types using single-frequency, single-polarization synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data is investigated. Backscatter characteristics of six radiometrically and polarimetrically distinct sea-ice types are selected in an unsupervised range-dependent analysis of multifrequency polarimetric SAR data using the maximum a posteriori (MAP) polarimetric classifier. Maximum ice discrimination is achieved with combined C- and L-band full polarimetry, and collocated passive microwave imagery suggests greater than 90 percent classification accuracy. C-band VV-pol alone achieves only 68 percent relative accuracy because it confuses multiyear and rough compressed first year ice. L-band, relative classification accuracy is 75 percent, 83 percent, and 85 percent, using HH-pol, HH- and VV-combined, or the full polarimetry, respectively. P-band is less accurate. Combinations of two frequencies at a single polarization show the greatest improvement over a single channel.
Document ID
19930063707
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Rignot, Eric (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Drinkwater, Mark R. (JPL Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: In: IGARSS '92; Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Houston, TX, May 26-29, 1992. Vol. 1 (A93-47551 20-43)
Subject Category
OCEANOGRAPHY
Distribution Limits
Public
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IDRelationTitle19930063554Analytic PrimaryIGARSS '92; Proceedings of the 12th Annual International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium, Houston, TX, May 26-29, 1992. Vols. 1 & 2