21 December 2000 Topographic map generation from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission C-band SCANSAR interferometry
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Abstract
A highly accurate global topographic map of the Earth's surface has been an elusive goal for at least three decades that may soon be achieved with the newly acquired Shuttle Radar Topographic Mission (SRTM) data. SRTM collected data for 99.97% of the Earth's landmass between -57 degree(s) and 60 degree(s) latitude during a 11 day mission in February, 2000. A modified version of the SIR-C radar that previously flew on the shuttle in 1994 augmented with a radar mounted on a 62 m boom was used to collect radar interferometric data at C (5.6 cm wavelength) and X (3 cm wavelength) bands. The C- band radar was operated in the SCANSAR mode in order to extend the swath width to 225 km, the minimal amount required to achieve contiguous coverage at the equator. This paper presents an overview of the new algorithms and techniques used to process the SCANSAR data to digital elevation maps. First results of topographic maps generated from the SRTM data are used to illustrate the techniques described in this paper.
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Scott Hensley, Scott Hensley, Paul A. Rosen, Paul A. Rosen, Eric Gurrola, Eric Gurrola, "Topographic map generation from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission C-band SCANSAR interferometry", Proc. SPIE 4152, Microwave Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere and Environment II, (21 December 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.410596; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.410596
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