The paper “Tomographic Imaging of Fjord Ice Using a Very High Resolution Ground-based SAR System”, by Temesgen Gebrie Yitayew, Laurent Ferro-Famil, Torbjørn Eltoft and Stefano Tebaldini, has been accepted by IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (TGARS).
The paper presents new experimental results of 3-D imaging using tomographic techniques over a snow covered sea ice medium, sensed with an X-band radar system. The available data are from a Ground-Based SAR data collection campaign carried out over Kattfjord, Tromsø, Norway. Direct imaging of the vertical structures of the radar reflectivity of the snow and sea ice layers is achieved by focusing the signal from a 2-D synthetic array in the 3-D space. The effect of a change in propagation velocity of the wave inside the considered medium is investigated in the focusing process, and the tomograms are effectively corrected for this effect. The distribution of the scattering contributions in the vertical direction reveals a strong response from the sea ice cover. Tomograms at two different polarizations are investigated and compared. The results and interpretations are also supported by a simulated data from the same system.