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Academic Press Library in Signal Processing by Rama Chellappa, Sergios Theodoridis

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Chapter 21

Radar Polarimetry Basics and Selected Earth Remote Sensing Applications

Laurent Ferro-Famil and Eric Pottier,    IETR, University of Rennes 1, Rennes, France

2.21.1 Introduction

Polarimetry (Polar: polarization, Metry: measure) is the science of acquiring, processing, and analyzing the polarization state of an electromagnetic field [1]. SAR polarimetry is concerned with the utilization of polarimetry in radar remote sensing applications, whose objectives are to remotely detect and characterize objects and environments. Due to its wide coverage, high resolution, and very low sensitivity to weather conditions, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is by itself a unique tool for studying large areas in a very short amount of time. The combination ...

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