Polarimetric multi-incidence angle analysis over the archaeological site of Samarra by means of RADARSAT-2 and ALOS PALSAR satellites datasets

Abstract : This work has as goal to study the microwaves behavior over the archaeological structures still visible in the historical city of Samarra, the capital of the ancient Abbasid Caliphate located in Iraq. Three areas were taken into account for the Ph.D. research: an octagonal city, three racecourses stadiums and the city of al-Mutawakkiliyya. Threats to which the site is exposed and its historical importance let the city to be inscribed in the list of UNESCO sites in danger (2007). This gave a reason more to investigate this area by means of SAR RADARSAT-2 and ALOS PALSAR satellites. SAR potentiality, in fact, is well known, in particular for those areas of the World where surveys in situ are not allowed because of political instability (as in the case of Samarra) and because of the possibility of acquiring with any cloud cover conditions and in any kind of illumination (day/night).
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Nicole Dore. Polarimetric multi-incidence angle analysis over the archaeological site of Samarra by means of RADARSAT-2 and ALOS PALSAR satellites datasets. Signal and Image processing. Université Rennes 1, 2014. English. ⟨NNT : 2014REN1S021⟩. ⟨tel-01060848⟩

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