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Title: High Resolution Terrain Elevation Mapping Results from Airborne Cross-Track SAR Stereo


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Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (US); Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (US)
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US Department of Energy (US)
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TRN: AH200108%%34
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Conference: IEEE ICASSP 2001 Conference, Salt Lake City, UT (US), 05/07/2001--05/11/2001; Other Information: PBD: 1 Dec 2000
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United States

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Jakowatz, C.V. Jr., Yocky, D.A., and Wahl, D.E.. High Resolution Terrain Elevation Mapping Results from Airborne Cross-Track SAR Stereo. United States: N. p., 2000. Web.
Jakowatz, C.V. Jr., Yocky, D.A., & Wahl, D.E.. High Resolution Terrain Elevation Mapping Results from Airborne Cross-Track SAR Stereo. United States.
Jakowatz, C.V. Jr., Yocky, D.A., and Wahl, D.E.. Fri . "High Resolution Terrain Elevation Mapping Results from Airborne Cross-Track SAR Stereo". United States. doi:.
title = {High Resolution Terrain Elevation Mapping Results from Airborne Cross-Track SAR Stereo},
author = {Jakowatz, C.V. Jr. and Yocky, D.A. and Wahl, D.E.},
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place = {United States},
year = {Fri Dec 01 00:00:00 EST 2000},
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