Detection of Icebergs Using Full-Polarimetric RADARSAT-2 SAR Data in West Antarctica

Jin Woo Kim, Duk Jin Kim, Seung-Hee Kim, Byonjun Hwang, John Yackel

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In this study, detection of icebergs that have various scattering characteristics around Wilkinson glacier in West Antarctica is investigated using C-band fully-polarimetric RADARSAT-2 SAR data. Various polarimetric analyses including Freeman-Durden decomposition, H/A/$\bar{\alpha}$ 수식 이미지 decomposition, entropy (H) and anisotropy (A) method, and Wishart unsupervised classification, were applied for the RADARSAT-2 data used in this study. The polarimetric decomposition methods were successfully classified most of the iceberg, yet some iceberg with similar intensity of volume and surface scattering as sea ice were indistinguishable. Unsupervised classification with a combination of the polarimetric parameter, [1-H][1-A], gave a possibility to distinguish those unclassified iceberg.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-28
Number of pages8
JournalKorean Journal of Remote Sensing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


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