Data Fusion for Reconstruction of a DTM, Under a Woodland Canopy, From Airborne L-band InSAR

Clare S. Rowland, Heiko Balzter
2007 IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing  
This paper investigates the utility of different parameters from polarimetric interferometric SAR data for the identification of ground pixels in a woodland area to enable accurate digital terrain model (DTM) generation from the InSAR height of the selected ground hit pixels. The parameters assessed include radar backscatter, interferometric coherence, surface scattering proportion (based on Freeman-Durden decomposition) and standard deviation of the interferometric height. The method is
more » ... he method is applied to Monks Wood, a small semi-natural deciduous woodland in Cambridgeshire, UK, using airborne E-SAR data collected in June 2000. The 1428 variations of SAR-derived terrain models are validated with theodolite data and a LiDARderived DTM. The results show that increasing the amount of data used in the DTM creation does not necessarily increase the accuracy of the final DTM. The most accurate method, for the whole wood, was a fixed window minimum filtering algorithm, followed by a mean filter. However, for a spatial subset of the area using the υ 3 backscattering coefficient to identify ground pixels out-performs the minimum filtering method. The findings suggest that backscatter information may often be undervalued in estimating terrain height under forest canopies. Index Termspolarimetric interferometric synthetic aperture radar (PolInSAR), vegetation, digital terrain model (DTM), ancillary data, interferometry, polarimetry
doi:10.1109/tgrs.2007.893565 fatcat:zorsbjizfjgc3fz6ho3ksp5owq