June 16, 2011
This image showing some of New Mexico's variegated terrain is included in this series of data from the X-SAR experiment to illustrate special processing for enabling classification of land structures. The area in this frame is labeled as Image 6 on the strip (JSC2000-E-02638). Classification of land structures like those in JSC2000-E-2641 is a difficult task, scientists say, due to speckle process and the influence of topography. The same image "intensity" is recorded for irrigated agriculture fields or the slopes of the mountains. The fusion of information on backscatter and texture allows the separation of the relevant image regions. All X-SAR imagery and related charts and maps are provided by DLR, Germany's national aerospace resource center as well as the national space agency.