Image and Signal Processing Methods

Stereo-synthetic aperture radar technique without using control points to estimate terrain height

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Hsi-Tseng Chou

National Taiwan University, Graduate Institute of Communication Engineering, Taipei 10617, Taiwan

Kung-Yu Lu

Yuan Ze University, Department of Communications Engineering, Taoyuan 320, Taiwan

Chung-Chih Liu

Minghsin University of Science and Technology, The Teaching Center of Natural Science, Hsin-Fong, Hsin-Chu 30401, Taiwan

J. Appl. Remote Sens. 9(1), 095051 (Sep 21, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.JRS.9.095051
History: Received November 27, 2014; Accepted August 20, 2015
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Abstract.  A stereo-synthetic aperture radar (stereo-SAR)-based technique is proposed to estimate the unknown terrain profile of a target area. This technique first mathematically builds up a virtual reference profile. An algorithm is afterward developed to estimate the relative height difference between the desired and reference profiles by using the trigonometric relationship between their relative SAR range distances, which allows for building up the height of the desired profile from the reference profile. This technique is advantageous and is simple in implementation because the virtual reference profile is constructed by using the same SAR range information as that used for the terrain profile under estimation, which is established by considering the measurement difference between two SAR receivers. It does not require the use of an existing known profile as the reference. Furthermore, we present a technique for calibrating the measured SAR range information, which significantly improves the estimation accuracy. Three practical examples are presented to demonstrate the feasibility of the developed technique.

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Hsi-Tseng Chou ; Kung-Yu Lu and Chung-Chih Liu
"Stereo-synthetic aperture radar technique without using control points to estimate terrain height", J. Appl. Remote Sens. 9(1), 095051 (Sep 21, 2015). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.9.095051


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