A Practical Amplitude Distribution for SAR and POLSAR Images

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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Kersten, P. R.; Ainsworth, T. L. (Naval Research Lab, Remote Sensing Div., Washington, DC 20375, USA)

Probabilistic models abound for the amplitude distribution of SAR images. The light-tailed Rayleigh amplitude distribution arises assuming Gaussian real and imaginary parts in the radar returns. Yet, for the most part, the amplitude returns are known to be heavy-tailed. Several heavy-tailed distributions have been proposed to fit these returns. Some claim that they model the underlying physics and others claim they model the complex nature of the heavy-tailed real and imaginary parts of the distribution. The Generalized Γ Distribution (G Γ D) is explored as a fit to the amplitude because it is practical and intuitive. Reliable estimates for the parameters are presented. The model generalizes naturally to mult-look images.