Iceberg detection using full-polarimetric RADARSAT-2 SAR data in west antarctica

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

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In this study, detection of icebergs that have broken off from Wilkinson glacier in West Antarctica is carried out by extracting various polarimetric parameters from high resolution C-band fully polarimetric RADARSAT-2 SAR data. In the unsupervised H/A/alpha classification result, some of the icebergs (unclassified) in the SAR image with similar intensity of volume and surface scattering were classified as sea ice whereas most of the icebergs were correctly classified due to their dominant volume scattering. Although the average of polarimetric parameters extracted from unclassified icebergs and sea ice represented similar intensity measurements, [1-H][1-A] showed a statistical distribution result that clearly distinguishes between unclassified icebergs and sea ice. This shows that [1-H][1-A] can be an effective parameter in detecting icebergs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication 2011 3rd International Asia-Pacific Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar (APSAR)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9788993246179
ISBN (Print)9781457713514
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


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