Discrimination of Scatterer Responses on Tailings Deposition Zone Using Radar Polarimetry

  • Bambang Trisasongko
  • Brian Lees
  • David Paull
Original Paper


Mining waste is becoming one of the major issues in environmental management. Continuous monitoring is essential to ensure proper remediation activities. Polarimetric radar plays an important role in providing useful information about the conditions of tailings in cloud-prone areas such as Indonesia. This paper discusses the possibility of monitoring the wetness of tailings in the deposition zone, in order to support land reclamation. We discover that an acceptable level of accuracy is provided by a Mahalanobis classifier on linear polarisation C- and L-band radar data. Taking into account the recent launch of the Envisat radar sensor, we assess the possibility of using partial polarimetric radar data. Interestingly, we attain comparable accuracies on quad and dual polarimetric data. It suggests that partial polarimetric data can be useful and efficient for this specific purpose.


Radar Polarimetry Tailings Indonesia 



Bambang Trisasongko thanks AusAID through Australian Partnership Scholarship for financial support and AirSAR team (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) for provision of CM6826 data. Fruitful discussion with Dyah Panuju and Annisa Palupi is greatly acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical SciencesThe University of New South Wales at The Australian Defence Force AcademyCanberraAustralia

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