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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 10 — May. 11, 2009
  • pp: 7970–7984

Automatic extraction of ground control regions and orthorectification of remote sensing imagery

Cheng-Chien Liu and Po-Li Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 10, pp. 7970-7984 (2009)

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We develop a fast and accurate method that is able to automatically select and match a large amount of ground control regions (GCRs) for orthorectifying remote sensing imagery. This new method is comprised of four modules, namely automatic extraction of GCRs, fast image-to-image matching, iterating and filtering of GCRs, and rigorous orthorectification. We assess the accuracy of this new method by processing the high-temporal- and high-spatial-resolution Formosat-2 imagery. Results show that the accurate orthoimage with a root mean square error of less than 1.5 pixels can be automatically generated from one standard Formosat-2 image (covering 12km × 12 km) in 55 minutes. This new method has been incorporated into the Formosat-2 automatic image processing system and has been used to produce orthoimages on a daily-basis.

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OCIS Codes
(100.0100) Image processing : Image processing
(100.2000) Image processing : Digital image processing
(100.5010) Image processing : Pattern recognition
(280.0280) Remote sensing and sensors : Remote sensing and sensors
(280.4788) Remote sensing and sensors : Optical sensing and sensors

ToC Category:
Remote Sensing and Sensors

Original Manuscript: January 27, 2009
Revised Manuscript: March 13, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 27, 2009
Published: April 29, 2009

Cheng-Chien Liu and Po-Li Chen, "Automatic extraction of ground control regions and orthorectification of remote sensing imagery," Opt. Express 17, 7970-7984 (2009)

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