A review about alternatives to classical polarimetric SAR parameters

E. Colin-Koeniguer, N. Trouvé, J. Praks

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Many polarimetric parameters used either in radar or optics polarimetry share common features. In this paper we summarize the alternatives inspired by optics polarimetry and compare them to classical parameters used in SAR polarimetry. In general it is possible to distinguish depolarization properties of targets which has to be estimated from the coherence matrices or Mueller matrices, and deterministic properties, which can be extracted from Sinclair matrix. Deterministic features are further subdivided into two families. The first one involves relative amplitude changes, the second one include phase change effects. Each classical polarimetric parameters, for example from Cloude Pottier or Lu and Chipman decomposition belong to a specific category. For a given application the most suitable parameter for each category can be found. Our approach combines three parameter categories in a efficient way. As an example we are proposing a new colored representation of the polarimetric information based on retardance, diattenuation and scattering diversity parameters.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar, EUSAR 2010
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9783800732722
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventEuropean Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar - Aachen, Germany
Duration: 7 Jun 201010 Jun 2010
Conference number: 8


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
Abbreviated titleEUSAR

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