Investigation of the potential of multiscopic VHR satellite imagery for the production of 3D models of complex urban areas

Tack F., Goossens R., Buyuksalih G.

28th European-Association-of-Remote-Sensing-Laboratories (EARSeL) Symposium and Workshops on Remote Sensing for a Changing Europe, İstanbul, Turkey, 2 - 05 June 2008, pp.618-624 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.3233/978-1-58603-986-8-618
  • City: İstanbul
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.618-624
  • Keywords: photogrammetry, city DSM generation, tri-stereoscopy, Ikonos, urban
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: No


In this treatise the discussion of a methodology and results of semi-automatic city DSM extraction from an Ikonos triplet, is introduced. Built-up areas are known as being complex for photogrammetric purposes, partly because of the steep changes in elevation caused by buildings and urban features. To make DSM extraction more robust and to cope with the specific problems of height displacement, concealed areas and shadow, a multi-image based approach is followed. For the VHR tri-stereoscopic study an area extending from the centre of Istanbul to the urban fringe is chosen. Research will concentrate, in first phase on the development of methods to optimize the extraction of photogrammetric products from the bundled Ikonos triplet. Optimal methods need to be found to improve the radiometry and geometry of the imagery, to improve the semiautomatically derivation of DSM's and to improve the postprocessing of the products. Secondly we will also investigate the possibilities of creating stereo models out of images from the same sensor taken on a different date, e.g. one image of the stereo pair combined with the third image. Finally the photogrammetric products derived from the Ikonos stereo pair as well as the products created out of the triplet and the constructed stereo models will be investigated by comparison with a 3D reference. This evaluation should show the increase of accuracy when multi-imagery is used instead of stereo pairs.