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AUTOMATIC INTERPRETATION OF HIGH RESOLUTION SAR IMAGES: FIRST RESULTS OF SAR IMAGE SIMULATION FOR SINGLE BUILDINGS

By J. Tao, G. Palubinskas and P. Reinartz

Abstract

Due to the all-weather data acquisition capabilities, high resolution space borne Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) plays an important role in remote sensing applications like change detection. However, because of the complex geometric mapping of buildings in urban areas, SAR images are often hard to interpret. SAR simulation techniques ease the visual interpretation of SAR images, while fully automatic interpretation is still a challenge. This paper presents a method for supporting the interpretation of high resolution SAR images with simulated radar images using a LiDAR digital surface model (DSM). Line features are extracted from the simulated and real SAR images and used for matching. A single building model is generated from the DSM and used for building recognition in the SAR image. An application for the concept is presented for the city centre of Munich where the comparison of the simulation to the TerraSAR-X data shows a good similarity. Based on the result of simulation and matching, special features (e.g. like double bounce lines, shadow areas etc.) can be automatically indicated in SAR image

Topics: KEY WORDS, SAR interpretation, SAR simulation, line extraction, line matching, change detection
Year: 2016
OAI identifier: oai:CiteSeerX.psu:10.1.1.1012.173
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