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Sentinel-1 SLC Preprocessing Workflow for Polarimetric Applications: A Generic Practice for Generating Dual-pol Covariance Matrix Elements in SNAP S-1 Toolbox

Version 1 : Received: 29 November 2019 / Approved: 30 November 2019 / Online: 30 November 2019 (11:39:51 CET)

How to cite: Mandal, D.; Vaka, D.S.; Bhogapurapu, N.R.; Vanama, V.S.K.; Kumar, V.; Rao, Y.S.; Bhattacharya, A. Sentinel-1 SLC Preprocessing Workflow for Polarimetric Applications: A Generic Practice for Generating Dual-pol Covariance Matrix Elements in SNAP S-1 Toolbox. Preprints 2019, 2019110393 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201911.0393.v1). Mandal, D.; Vaka, D.S.; Bhogapurapu, N.R.; Vanama, V.S.K.; Kumar, V.; Rao, Y.S.; Bhattacharya, A. Sentinel-1 SLC Preprocessing Workflow for Polarimetric Applications: A Generic Practice for Generating Dual-pol Covariance Matrix Elements in SNAP S-1 Toolbox. Preprints 2019, 2019110393 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201911.0393.v1).

Abstract

Sentinel-1 SAR data preprocessing is essential for several earth observation applications, including land cover classification, change detection, vegetation monitoring, urban growth, natural hazards, etc. The information can be extracted from the 2x2 covariance matrix [C2] of Sentinel-1 dual-pol (VV-VH) acquisitions. To generate the covariance matrix from Sentinel-1 single look complex (SLC) data, several preprocessing steps are required. The ESA SNAP S-1 toolbox can be used to preprocess the data to generate a [C2] matrix. The polarimetric analysis in respective application fields often starts with the covariance matrix. However, due to limited availability of Sentinel-1 SLC data preprocessing workflow standards for polarimetric applications in contemporary research methods, downstream applications unable to comply with these workflows directly. In this paper, we propose a couple of generic practices to preprocess Sentinel-1 SLC data in SNAP S-1 toolbox, which would be beneficial for the radar remote sensing user community.

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Subject Areas

Sentinel-1; PolSAR; synthetic aperture radar; earth observation; SNAP

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