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The absolute positioning of spaceborne INSAR data using the integer ambiguity method

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In this paper, the capability of the integer ambiguity method to find the absolute position of InSAR data is demonstrated. A radargrammetric model is used for the space triangulation. The method is demonstrated using ERS data of the Thames region and the results are compared to GPS measurements and a digital elevation model. The GPS stations, not visible in the image, are located on the InSAR data using a simple range-Doppler algorithm and an analysis of their positions is undertaken. The results are consistent with other methods but with the advantage that the radargrammetric model is very simple. The results also highlight the problems of integrating GPS data with InSAR data in urban areas where a GPS station may not be representative of the dominant scatterers within a resolution cell, and they suggest methods that might be applied in future to reduce this problem. The model should help the integration of InSAR data with other geometric survey data.

Keywords: InSAR; SAR; ambiguity searching; geolocation; phase ambiguity; radargrammetry

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: ( ), Email: 2: ( ), Email: 3: ( ) University of Nottingham, Email:

Publication date: 2006-03-01

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