Radar backscatter measurements from RADARSAT SAR imagery of South Pole Station, Antarctica

Hong Gyoo Sohn, Kenneth Jezek, Francois Baumgartner, Richard Forster, Ellen Mosley-Thompson

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Abstract

Ice Sheet backscatter around South Pole Station was measured from several different azimuthal angles using RADARSAT-1 SAR data. We observed strong azimuthal anisotropy (3-4 dB) between radar look directions across and along the prevailing wind direction. We speculate that the azimuthal variation of backscatter around the South Pole area may be largely attributed to systematically oriented sastrugi and buried sastrugi. Radar backscatter is well correlated with surface topography over a spatial wavelength band of 15 to 20 km. We propose that grain size variations control backscatter patterns associated with undulating surface topography.

Original languageEnglish
Pages2360-2362
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Dec 1
EventProceedings of the 1999 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS'99) 'Remote Sensing of the Systems Earth - A Challenge for the 21st Century' - Hamburg, Ger
Duration: 1999 Jun 281999 Jul 2

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OtherProceedings of the 1999 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS'99) 'Remote Sensing of the Systems Earth - A Challenge for the 21st Century'
CityHamburg, Ger
Period99/6/2899/7/2

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  • Geology

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Sohn, H. G., Jezek, K., Baumgartner, F., Forster, R., & Mosley-Thompson, E. (1999). Radar backscatter measurements from RADARSAT SAR imagery of South Pole Station, Antarctica. 2360-2362. Paper presented at Proceedings of the 1999 IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS'99) 'Remote Sensing of the Systems Earth - A Challenge for the 21st Century', Hamburg, Ger, .