Article

A standard index of spatial resolution for distributed targets in synthetic aperture radar imagery

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Citation

Woodhouse I, Marino A & Cameron I (2011) A standard index of spatial resolution for distributed targets in synthetic aperture radar imagery. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 32 (23), pp. 7929-7938. https://doi.org/10.1080/01431161.2010.502546

Abstract
In this article we outline the need for a consistent method of quoting synthetic aperture radar (SAR) resolution given the influence of speckle upon SAR images. Standard measures of resolution depend upon the separability of point targets; however, this is not a useful analogy in the context of SAR. We contend that quoting resolution for a 3–4-look product may be unrealistic given the influence of speckle. Our approach considers the separability of targets that differ in intensity by a known contrast ratio, with a ratio of 2, that is, 3 dB difference, used as the threshold value. It is demonstrated that 12 looks represents a more realistic estimate of the capabilities of the system and should be used to quote an equivalent spatial resolution (ESR) when describing potential instrument performance.

Keywords
Boreal forest; SAR Data; Biomass; Retrieval; ERS-1; Classification; Backscatter; Plantation

Journal
International Journal of Remote Sensing: Volume 32, Issue 23

StatusPublished
FundersUniversity of Edinburgh
Publication date31/12/2011
Publication date online24/10/2011
Date accepted by journal24/07/2009
ISSN0143-1161

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Dr Armando Marino
Dr Armando Marino

Senior Lecturer in Earth Observation, Biological and Environmental Sciences