Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Embargo Period

11-4-2016

Degree Program

Electrical & Computer Engineering

Degree Type

Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (M.S.E.C.E.)

Year Degree Awarded

2017

Month Degree Awarded

February

Advisor Name

Paul

Advisor Middle Initial

R.

Advisor Last Name

Siqueira

Abstract

A dual-frequency system is needed to better understand natural processes that constitute the environment and seasonal cycles of the Earth. A system working at two different wavelengths acquiring data simultaneously will give a valuable dataset since the conditions on the ground will be exactly the same. Hence, elements such as wind, soil moisture or any other changes on the ground will not interfere in the mea- surements. This thesis explains how an S-band radar was built and tested. Moreover, the experiments done with a Ka-band radar used as a scatterometer are explained as well as the data processing and analysis. Finally, the two systems are used to get dual-frequency measurements from an airborne platform. The dual-frequency data is explored, showing the differences in normalized radar cross-section between frequencies and discussing the interferometric measurements.

First Advisor

Paul R. Siqueira

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