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Ambiguity Problem in the Earth's Surface Altimetry
Min-Ho KA Victor V. EGOROV
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications
Publication Date: 2007/11/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
altimetry, Earth's surface model, radar, remote sensing,
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This paper addresses the ambiguity of radar altimetry related to the statistical nature of the Earth's surface roughness. A hypothetic altimetry method, which provides a simple way to quantify the measures of ambiguity, is proposed. Cramer-Rao lower bounds on the variances of estimates for the mean altitude and root-mean-square height of the sea surface are suggested as such quantitative measures. The accuracy of some types of air- and spaceborne radar altimeters is numerically analyzed against the derived lower bounds.