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Multifrequency polarimetric synthetic aperture radar observations of sea ice

  • Author(s): Drinkwater, MR
  • Kwok, R
  • Winebrenner, DP
  • Rignot, E
  • et al.

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The first known fully polarimetric airborne synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data set of sea ice is introduced. The full Stokes matrix information generated from C, L, and P band data characterize the scattering behavior of different ice types. Polarization ratios and phase differences between linear copolarized returns are used for discrimination between particular image features and mechanisms are suggested for the observed polarimetric characteristics. Results indicate that combinations of frequency and polarization enhance current capability to distinguish ice of different properties using single frequency, fixed polarization microwave radar. -from Authors

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