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TitleScattered and received wave polarization optimization for enhanced peatland classification and fire damage assessment using polarimetric PALSAR
 
AuthorTouzi, R; Omari, K; Sleep, B; Jiao, X
SourceIEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Applied Earth Observations and Remote Sensing vol. 11, issue 11, 8542943, 2018 p. 4452-4477, https://doi.org/10.1109/JSTARS.2018.2873740
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Year2018
Alt SeriesNatural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20190178
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Documentserial
Lang.English
Mediaon-line; digital
File formatpdf (Adobe® Reader®); html
ProgramRemote Sensing Science
Released2018 11 21
AbstractThe complementarity of the 'scattered' and 'received' wave polarization signatures is demonstrated for enhanced characterization of peatlands and surrounding forests. Polarimetric L-band ALOS-PALSAR data collected for the Athabasca oil sand exploration region, with peatlands and forests partially affected by multiple wildfires, are used. It is shown that the scattered wave polarization signature, which represents the explicit variations of the degree of polarization (DoP) and the total scattered intensity R0 with transmitted polarization, permits enhanced discrimination of treed bogs from upland forests and improved identification of wildfire damage in peatlands and surrounding forests. Scattered wave optimization is used as a convenient method for efficient exploitation of the scattered wave polarization signature. The Touzi decomposition is adopted for the optimization of the received wave polarization signature. The unique potential of the scattering-type phase generated with the Touzi decomposition is confirmed for enhanced discrimination of poor fens from bogs. These two important peatland classes cannot be separated with the scattered wave optimization, the conventional multipolarization (HH-HV-VV) channels, and the Freeman model based decomposition. Finally, the Touzi decomposition is combined with the extrema of the scattered wave main parameters (DoP and R0) for optimum extraction of polarimetric PALSAR information. This information is, then, fused with Landsat-5-TM for enhanced peatland classification. The comparison with optical Landsat-5-TM based classification confirms the valuable added information that a long penetrating polarimetric L-band PALSAR can provide for enhanced peatland classification and efficient assessment of peat health in burnt peatlands.
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The complementarity of the scattered and received wave polarization signatures is demonstrated for enhanced characterization of peatlands and surrounding upland forest scattering. Polarimetric L-band ALOS-PALSAR collected in the Athabasca oil sand exploration region are used. It is shown that the scattered wave polarization signature, which represents the explicit variations of the degree of polarization (DoP) and the total scattered intensity R0 with transmitted polarization, permits enhanced discrimination of treed bogs from upland forests, and improved identification of fire damages in peatlands and surrounding forests. The technique introduced in for scattered wave optimization is used as a convenient method for efficient exploitation of the scattered wave polarization signature. The Touzi decomposition is adopted for the optimization of the received wave polarization signature. The complementarity of optical (Landsat-TM) and polarimetric L-band ALOS is demonstrated for enhanced peatland classification and wildfire damage assessment. forests.
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