FD-1: SAR Polarimetry: Basics, Processing Techniques and Applications
Sunday, July 6, 08:30 - 17:30
Prof. Dr.-Hab Eric Pottier and Dr.-Hab Laurent Ferro-Famil, IETR UMR CNRS 6164, University of Rennes 1
Several space borne Polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar (PolSAR) systems are in operation since 2006: ALOS/PALSAR (L-band) launched in January 2006, TerraSAR-X (X-Band) launched in June 2007, and RADARSAT-2 (C-Band) scheduled to be in orbit in December 2007.
For the first time, the availability of spaceborne PolSAR data will provide an unprecedented opportunity for applying advanced PolSAR information processing techniques to the important tasks of environmental monitoring. PolSAR remote sensing offers an efficient and reliable means of collecting information required to extract geophysical and biophysical parameters from Earth’s surface. This remote sensing technique has found many successful applications in crop monitoring and damage assessment, in forestry clear cut mapping, deforestation and burn mapping, in land surface structure (geology) land cover (biomass) and land use, in hydrology (soil moisture, flood delineation), in sea ice monitoring, in oceans and coastal monitoring (oil spill detection) etc.
SAR Polarimetry represents today a very active area of research in Radar Remote Sensing, and it becomes important to train and prepare the future generation to this very important topic.
The aim of this tutorial is to provide a substantial and balanced introduction to the basic theory, scattering concepts, systems and advanced concepts, and applications typical to radar polarimetric remote sensing. This tutorial on SAR polarimetry touches several subjects: basic theory, scattering modeling, data representations, target decompositions, speckle filtering, terrain and land-use classification, man-made target analysis, etc. This lecture will be illustrated by ALOS-PALSAR, TerraSAR-X polarimetric SAR images. The connection to polarimetric SAR interferometry will be also briefly reviewed.
This lecture is intended to scientists, engineers and students engaged in the fields of Radar Remote Sensing and interested in Polarimetric SAR image analysis and applications. Some background in SAR processing techniques and microwave scattering would be an advantage and familiarity in matrix algebra is required.
Eric Pottier (M’95, SM’06) received the MSc and Ph.D. in signal processing and telecommunication from the University of Rennes 1, respectively in 1987 and 1990, and the Habilitation from the University of Nantes in 1998.
From 1988 to 1999 he was an Associate Professor at IRESTE -University of Nantes, Nantes, France. Since 1999, he has been a Full Professor at the University of Rennes 1, France, where he is currently the Deputy Director of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes (I.E.T.R – CNRS UMR 6164) and also Head of the Image and Remote Sensing Group – SAPHIR Team. His current activities of research and education are centered in the topics of analog electronics, microwave theory and radar imaging with emphasis in radar polarimetry. His research covers a wide spectrum of areas from radar image processing (SAR, ISAR), polarimetric scattering modeling, supervised/unsupervised polarimetric segmentation and classification to fundamentals and basic theory of polarimetry.
Since 1989, he has supervised more than 60 research students to graduation (MSc and PhD) in Radar Polarimetry covering areas from theory to remote sensing applications. He has chaired and organized 31 sessions in International Conferences and was member of the Technical and Scientific Committees of 19 International Symposium or Conferences. He has been invited to present 36 presentations in International Conferences and 16 in National Conferences. He has 7 publications in books, 40 papers in refereed journals and more than 250 papers in Conference and Symposium proceedings. He has presented advances courses and seminars on Radar Polarimetry to a wide range of organizations (DLR, NASDA, JRC, RESTEC, IECAS) and events (ISAP2000, IGARSS03, EUSAR04, NATO-04, PolInSAR05, IGARSS05, JAXA06, EUSAR06, NATO-06, IGARSS07).
Eric Pottier was presented the Best Paper Award at the Third European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar (EUSAR2000) and received the 2007 IEEE GRS-S Letters Prize Paper Award.
Eric Pottier is a recipient of the 2007 IEEE GRS-S Education Award “In recognition of his significant educational contributions to Geoscience and Remote Sensing”
Laurent Ferro-Famil (M’00) received the laurea degree in electronics systems and computer engineering, the M.S. degree in electronics, and the Ph.D. degree in 1996, 1996, and 2000, respectively, all from the University of Nantes, France. Since 2001. He received the Habilitation from the University of Rennes 1 in 2007.
Laurent Ferro-Famil has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Rennes I, Rennes, France. He is a member of the Radar Polarimetry Remote Sensing group of the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes (I.E.T.R). His current activities in education concern analog electronics, digital communications, microwave theory, and polarimetric radar imaging. He is especially interested in SAR signal processing, radar polarimetry theory, and natural media remote sensing from polarimetric interferometric SAR data, with applications to segmentation, classification, electromagnetic scattering modeling, physical parameter inversion, and time frequency analysis.
Laurent Ferro-Famil is a recipient of the 2007 IEEE GRS-S Letters Prize Paper Award.