Volume XLII-2/W7
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W7, 1561-1567, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W7-1561-2017
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Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-2/W7, 1561-1567, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/isprs-archives-XLII-2-W7-1561-2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  14 Sep 2017

14 Sep 2017

ANALYSIS OF WAVEFORM RETRACKING METHODS IN ANTARCTIC ICE SHEET BASED ON CRYOSAT-2 DATA

F. Xiao1,2, F. Li1,2, S. Zhang1,2, W. Hao1,2, L. Yuan1,2, T. Zhu3, Y. Zhang1,2, and C. Zhu1,2 F. Xiao et al.
  • 1Chinese Antarctic Center of Surveying and Mapping, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China
  • 2Collaborative Innovation Center for Territorial Sovereignty and Maritime Rights, Wuhan 430079, China
  • 3State Key Laboratory of Information Engineering in Surveying, Mapping and Remote Sensing, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430079, China

Keywords: CryoSat-2; waveform retracking; Antarctic; ice sheet; satellite altimetry

Abstract. Satellite altimetry plays an important role in many geoscientific and environmental studies of Antarctic ice sheet. The ranging accuracy is degenerated near coasts or over nonocean surfaces, due to waveform contamination. A postprocess technique, known as waveform retracking, can be used to retrack the corrupt waveform and in turn improve the ranging accuracy. In 2010, the CryoSat-2 satellite was launched with the Synthetic aperture Interferometric Radar ALtimeter (SIRAL) onboard. Satellite altimetry waveform retracking methods are discussed in the paper. Six retracking methods including the OCOG method, the threshold method with 10 %, 25 % and 50 % threshold level, the linear and exponential 5-β parametric methods are used to retrack CryoSat-2 waveform over the transect from Zhongshan Station to Dome A. The results show that the threshold retracker performs best with the consideration of waveform retracking success rate and RMS of retracking distance corrections. The linear 5-β parametric retracker gives best waveform retracking precision, but cannot make full use of the waveform data.