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Polarisation: Applications in Remote Sensing

First text combining polarimetry and interferometry
Ideas currently fragmented in the literature brought together for the first time
Useful both to working scientists and as teaching text
Written by expert in the field

By: Shane R Cloude (Author)

472 pages, 260 b/w illustrations

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Nov 2014 | #214376 | ISBN-13: 9780198719977
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Hardback | Sep 2009 | #181702 | ISBN-13: 9780199569731
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About this book

In Polarisation: Applications in Remote Sensing S.R. Cloude introduces, for the first time, the topics of radar polarimetry and interferometry. This topic was first developed in 1997 and has since developed into a major topic in radar sciences and its applications, in particular to space sciences. In its simplest form it concerns the study of interferograms formed by combining waves with different polarizations and their exploitation to infer important physical properties of the planetary surface being investigated.

Written in three main sections, the first four chapters provide a detailed coverage of all major topics of polarimetry, including its basis in electromagnetic scattering theory, decomposition theorems and a detailed analysis of the entropy/alpha approach. The next chapter offers a brief introduction to radar interferometry, before developing in three chapters the important new topic of polarimetric interferometry. In this way it provides a complete treatment of the subject, suitable for those working in interferometry who wish to know about polarimetry, or vice versa, as well as those new to the topic who are looking for a one-stop comprehensive treatment of the subject.

The emphasis throughout is on the application of these techniques to remote sensing and Polarisation: Applications in Remote Sensing concludes with a set of practical examples to illustrate the theoretical ideas.

"Polarisation is promising as a reference for quantitative specialists outside the radar community who want to understand what polarimetry has to offer their particular field. It is also a fine reference for students who need to learn and keep the notation straight for coding and experimental design. It is a worthwhile book to keep on your shelf if you ever want to relate a particular polarization-based, remotely sensed finding to your own research."
Physics Today


1: Polarised Electromagnetic Waves
2: Depolarisation and Scattering Entropy
3: Depolarisation in Surface and Volume Scattering
4: Decomposition Theorems
5: Introduction to Radar Interferometry
6: Polarimetric Interferometry
7: Coherence Variation for Surface and Volume Scattering
8: Parameter Estimation using Polarimetric Interferometry
9: Applications of Polarimetry and Interferometry

Appendix 1: Introduction to Matrix Algebra
Appendix 2: Unitary and Rotation Groups
Appendix 3: Coherent Stochastic Signal Analysis

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Professor Shane Cloude is a leading expert in the field of radar remote sensing. He currently leads AEL Consultants, offering training courses and applied research for customers in radar remote sensing, following a distinguished academic career including Honorary Professorships and Chairs at the Universities of Dundee and York, the Macaulay Land Use Research Institute in Aberdeen, Scotland, and the University of Adelaide. In 2001 he was appointed a Fellow of the IEEE for his contributions to the development of polarisation techniques in remote sensing. He has received major awards for his work.

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