Preliminary Background

Authored by: Kun-Shan Chen

Principles of Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging: A System Simulation Approach

Print publication date:  December  2015
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781466593145
eBook ISBN: 9781466593152
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b19057-2

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Abstract

Since its early development in the 1950s, the synthetic aperture radar (SAR) has evolved into a powerful and valuable tool for monitoring our earth environment [116]. SAR is a complex device that requires deliberate integration of sensors and platforms into a fully unified system so that the imagery data it acquires are sufficiently accurate, both radiometrically and geometrically. The rapid progress of hardware and software has driven the SAR system to produce superb quality images like never before. The abundance of repeat-pass interferometric and fully polarimetric data has opened new domains of application since 1990, making SAR an indispensable instrument for diagnosing and monitoring natural and man-made disasters [2,7].

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