Performance-Optimized Quantization for SAR and InSAR Applications

Martone M, Gollin N, Rizzoli P, Krieger G (2022)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2022


Book Volume: 60

Article Number: 5229922

DOI: 10.1109/TGRS.2022.3181237


For the design of present and next-generation spaceborne SAR missions, constantly increasing data rates are being demanded, which impose stringent requirements in terms of onboard memory and downlink capacity. In this scenario, the efficient quantization of SAR raw data is of primary importance since the utilized compression rate is directly related to the volume of data to be stored and transmitted to the ground, and at the same time, it affects the resulting SAR imaging performance. In this article, we introduce the performance-optimized block-adaptive quantization (PO-BAQ), a novel approach for SAR raw data compression that aims at optimizing the resource allocation and, at the same time, the quality of the resulting SAR and InSAR products. This goal is achieved by exploiting the a priori knowledge of the local SAR backscatter statistics, which allows for the generation of high-resolution bitrate maps that can be employed to fulfill a predefined performance requirement. Analyses of experimental TanDEM-X interferometric data are presented, which demonstrates the potential of the proposed method as a helpful tool for performance budget definition and data rate optimization of present and future SAR missions.

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Martone, M., Gollin, N., Rizzoli, P., & Krieger, G. (2022). Performance-Optimized Quantization for SAR and InSAR Applications. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 60.


Martone, Michele, et al. "Performance-Optimized Quantization for SAR and InSAR Applications." IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing 60 (2022).

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