A New Four-component Scattering Power Decomposition Applied to ALOS-PALSAR PLR Data Sets

Conference: EUSAR 2010 - 8th European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar
06/07/2010 - 06/10/2010 at Aachen, Germany

Proceedings: EUSAR 2010

Pages: 4Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Yamaguchi, Yoshio; Sato, Akinobu; Sato, Ryoichi; Yamada, Hiroyoshi (Niigata University, Japan)
Yang, Jian (Tsinghua University, China)

A new four-component scattering power decomposition using a rotation of the coherency matrix is presented in order to distinguish vegetation and oriented urban area with respect to the direction of radar illumination in the volume scattering mechanism. It is known that oriented urban area and vegetation signatures have similar polarimetric responses and are decomposed into the same volume scattering mechanism in the decomposition. In this paper, a new decomposition scheme of first using a rotation of the coherency matrix followed by the fourcomponent decomposition is presented. It is shown using ALOS-PALSAR data sets that oriented urban areas are clearly distinguished from volume scattering as double bounce objects by the rotation of coherency matrix.