ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Publications Copernicus
Articles | Volume I-4
18 Jul 2012
 | 18 Jul 2012


M. M. Saldaña, M. A. Aguilar, F. J. Aguilar, and I. Fernández

Keywords: DEM/DTM, Accuracy, Imagery, Pushbroom, High resolution, Satellite

Abstract. The newest very high resolution (VHR) commercial satellites, such as GeoEye-1 or WorldView-2, open new possibilities for cartographic applications, orthoimages generation and extraction of Digital Surface Models (DSMs). These DSMs are generated by image matching strategies from VHR satellite stereopairs imagery, reconstructing the 3D surface corresponding to the first surface view of the earth containing both microrelief (buildings, trees and so on) and bare terrain. The main aim of this work is to carry out an accuracy assessment test on the DSMs extracted from a GeoEye-1 stereopair captured in August 2011. A LiDAR derived DSM taken at the same month that the satellite imagery was used as ground truth. The influence of factors such as number of Ground Control Points (GCPs), sensor models tested and the geoid employed to transform the ellipsoid to orthometric heights were going to be evaluated. In this way, different sets of GCPs ranging from 7 to 45, two sensor models and two geoids (EGM96 and EGM08, the last adapted for Spain vertical network by the Spanish's National Geographic Institute) were tested in this work. The photogrammetric software package used was OrthoEngine from PCI Geomatica v. 10.3.2. OrthoEngine implements both sensor models tested: (i) the physical model developed by Toutin (CCRS) and, (ii) the rational function model using rational polynomial coefficients supplied by the vendor and later refined by means of the zero order linear functions (RPC0). When high accurate and well-distributed GCPs were used, the planimetric and vertical accuracies of DSMs generated from the GeoEye-1 Geo stereopair were always better than 0.5 m. Using only 7 GCPs and RPC0, a vertical accuracy around 0.43 m measured as standard deviation was attained. The geoid used by OrthoEngine (EGM96) produced similar results that the EGM08 adapted for Spain vertical network.