Signature analysis of the Gateway Arch monument in St. Louis using TerraSAR-X staring spotlight mode data

Konferenz: EUSAR 2016 - 11th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
06.06.2016 - 09.06.2016 in Hamburg, Germany

Tagungsband: EUSAR 2016

Seiten: 6Sprache: EnglischTyp: PDF

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Anglberger, Harald (German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany)
Hennig, Simon (Airbus Defence and Space, Germany)

The analysis of radar image data is a challenge due to sensor specific imaging effects. Especially man-made objects in urban areas exhibit a very distinctive backscattering behavior due to the complexity of its shape. To illustrate the very complex scattering mechanisms that can hinder radar image interpretation, signatures of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis are analyzed in this paper. The Arch features an extraordinary shape causing radar signatures that are particularly hard to understand. In this paper simulated SAR signatures are used, to improve image interpretation and understanding of the underlying scattering mechanisms. For that purpose, current high resolution image data of the TerraSAR-X satellite are used.