This article spanned a new, consistent framework for production, archiving, and provision of analysis ready data (ARD) from multi-source and multi-temporal satellite acquisitions and an subsequent image fusion. The core of the image fusion was an orthogonal transform of the reflectance channels from optical sensors on hypercomplex bases delivered in Kennaugh-like elements, which are well-known from polarimetric radar. In this way, SAR and Optics could be fused to one image data set sharing the characteristics of both: the sharpness of Optics and the texture of SAR. The special properties of Kennaugh elements regarding their scaling—linear, logarithmic, normalized—applied likewise to the new elements and guaranteed their robustness towards noise, radiometric sub-sampling, and therewith data compression. This study combined Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 on an Octonion basis as well as Sentinel-2 and ALOS-PALSAR-2 on a Sedenion basis. The validation using signatures of typical land cover classes showed that the efficient archiving in 4 bit images still guaranteed an accuracy over 90% in the class assignment. Due to the stability of the resulting class signatures, the fuzziness to be caught by Machine Learning Algorithms was minimized at the same time. Thus, this methodology was predestined to act as new standard for ARD remote sensing data with an subsequent image fusion processed in so-called data cubes.
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