Deorientation effect investigation for model-based decomposition over oriented built-up areas

Si Wei Chen, Masato Ohki, Masanobu Shimada, Motoyuki Sato

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Deorientation processing has been incorporated into model-based decomposition to cure the overestimation of volume scattering contribution, by rotating the coherency matrix to minimize the cross-polarization term. First, the derivation of the rotation angle is clarified for avoiding the ambiguity. Moreover, even with the implementation of deorientation processing, oriented built-up areas with large orientation angles are still misjudged as volume scattering dominant. Further to the investigation of the deorientation effect, we focus on oriented built-up patches. A parameter, named dominant polarization orientation angle (D POA), is introduced to label each patch. The behavior of the deorientation on coherency matrix and model-based decomposition over purely oriented built-up areas with respect to D\rm POA is disclosed. Experimental studies from the Advanced Land Observing Satellite/Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (ALOS/PALSAR) polarimetric SAR data set demonstrate that model-based decompositions with deorientation work well for oriented built-up areas when |D POA|≤22.5°. However, for large |DPOA|(e.g., |D POA| > 22.5°), even with the deorientation processing, for the conventional decompositions which assume that only the volume scattering contributes to the cross-polarization term, the decomposed volume scattering power may also be dominant even for purely oriented built-up areas. Thereby, misinterpretation still occurs, motivating further advancements.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6235998
Pages (from-to)273-277
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Deorientation
  • dominant polarization orientation (PO) angle
  • model-based decomposition
  • oriented built-up
  • polarimetry
  • synthetic aperture radar (SAR)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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