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—The hybrid stripmap/spotlight mode for a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) system is able to generate microwave images with an azimuth resolution better than the one achieved in the stripmap mode and a ground coverage better than the one of the spotlight mode. In this paper, time-and frequency-domain-based procedures to simulate the raw signal in the hybrid(More)
—In this paper, we present a complete framework to support the monitoring of natural and man-made disasters by means of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images. The fractal geometry is the most appropriate mathematical instrument in describing the irregularity of a natural observed scene, by means of few effective and reliable parameters. Therefore, fractal(More)
—Interpretation of high resolution SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) images is still a hard task, especially when man-made objects crowd the scene under detection. This paper contributes to the analysis of this kind of data by adopting an approach, based on a scattering model, for the retrieval of buildings height from real SAR images and presenting first(More)
—In this paper, a model for radar images of fractal (topologically 1-D) profiles is introduced. A twofold approach is followed: on one hand, we analytically solve the problem whenever small-slope profiles are in order; on the other hand, we present a partly analytical and partly numerical setup to cope with the general-slope case. By means of the analytical(More)
—Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) raw signal simulation is a powerful tool for design of oil slick detection and interpretation systems. In this paper, the ocean simulation issues are presented, and the main problems relating to the oil presence on the sea surface are treated. Attention is focused on the electromagnetic side of the problem, with care to the(More)
—Fractal geometry provides reliable models to describe geometrical properties of natural surfaces. Therefore, their use in the electromagnetic scattering methods deserves careful research. In order to have complete insight into the phenomenon, a measurement campaign on a fractal surface in a controlled environment is a key step. In this paper, we propose a(More)
In this paper we present the results of a project approved in the frame of the 2007 Cosmo-Skymed AO, devoted to use high resolution data for hydrology applications in semi-arid context. A case study was developed in Burkina Faso, a West Africa country, characterized by the alternation of intense rainy and dry seasons. In this paper we present the rationale(More)
—The use of satellite data for land management optimization is extremely powerful in low-income countries, where in situ measurements require costly and time-consuming solutions. In this paper we present the innovative results of a pilot-project that used high resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data for agriculture physical parameter retrieving. In(More)
—Synthetic aperture radar (SAR) raw signal simulation is a powerful tool for designing new sensors, testing processing algorithms, planning missions, and devising inversion algorithms. In this paper, a spotlight SAR raw signal simulator for distributed targets is presented. The proposed procedure is based on a Fourier domain analysis: a proper analytical(More)