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.
Rignot, Eric (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Drinkwater, Mark R. (JPL Pasadena, CA, United States)
August 16, 2013
January 1, 1992
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)
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