Complex Wishart distribution based analysis of polarimetric synthetic aperture radar data

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Multi-look, polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data are often worked with in the so-called covariance matrix representation. For each pixel this representation gives a 3x3 Hermitian, positive definite matrix which follows a complex Wishart distribution. Based on this distribution a test statistic for equality of two such matrices and an associated asymptotic probability for obtaining a smaller value of the test statistic are given and applied to change detection, edge detection and segmentation in polarimetric SAR data. In a case study EMISAR L-band data from 17 April 1998 and 20 May 1998 covering agricultural fields near Foulum, Denmark, are used. Soon the Japanese ALOS, the German TerraSAR-X and the Canadian RADARSAT-2 will acquire space-borne, polarimetric data making analysis based on these methods important.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Workshop on the Analysis of Multi-temporal Remote Sensing Images, 2007. MultiTemp 2007.
Publication date2007
ISBN (Print)1-4244-0846-6
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventMultiTemp2007 - Leuven, Belgium
Duration: 1 Jan 2007 → …


CityLeuven, Belgium
Period01/01/2007 → …

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