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Joint analysis of SAR, LIDAR and aerial imagery for simultaneous extraction of land cover, DTM and 3D shape of buildings

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What information may be extracted over urban area by means of joint analysis of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) remote sensing data? We exploit aerial, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Laser Induced Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) data to characterize precisely the Presidio area in San Francisco. We discriminate between different objects in the scene using their 2D and 3D characteristics. The final product of the analysis is a set of raster or vector information layers providing land covers, 3D building shapes and Digital Terrain Models (DTMs) of the Presidio. This paper investigates the relative merits of the collected data in retrieving each of these information layers, and examines how automatic algorithms to extract land cover, Digital Terrain Model (DTM) and 3D building shape could be integrated in a processing chain.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 20, 2002

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