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Articles | Volume XLII-1/W1
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-1/W1, 23–28, 2017
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLII-1/W1, 23–28, 2017

  30 May 2017

30 May 2017


G. Li1,2,3, X. Tang1,2,3, X. Yuan2,4, P. Zhou2,3, and F. Hu2,3 G. Li et al.
  • 1Resource and Environmental Sciences, Wuhan University, Wuhan,430079, China
  • 2Satellite Surveying and Mapping Application Center, NASG, Beijing,100048,China
  • 3Jiangsu Center for Collaborative Innovation in Geographical Information Resource Development and Application, Nanjing, 210023, China
  • 4Changchun University of Science and Technology,Changchun,130022, China

Keywords: Accuracy assessment, ZY-3 stereo images, DSM, ICESat/GLAS

Abstract. The Ziyuan-3 (ZY-3) satellite, as the first civilian high resolution surveying and mapping satellite in China, has a very important role in national 1 : 50,000 stereo mapping project. High accuracy digital surface Model (DSMs) can be generated from the three line-array images of ZY-3, and ZY-3 DSMs of China can be produced without using any ground control points (GCPs) by selecting SRTM (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission) and ICESat/GLAS (Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite, Geo-science Laser Altimeter System) as the datum reference in the Satellite Surveying and Mapping Application Center, which is the key institute that manages and distributes ZY-3 products. To conduct the vertical accuracy evaluation of ZY-3 DSMs of China, three representative regions were chosen and the results were compared to ICESat/GLAS data. The experimental results demonstrated that the root mean square error (RMSE) elevation accuracy of the ZY-3 DSMs was better than 5.0 m, and it even reached to less than 2.5 m in the second region of eastern China. While this work presents preliminary results, it is an important reference for expanding the application of ZY-3 satellite imagery to widespread regions. And the satellite laser altimetry data can be used as referenced data for wide-area DSM evaluation.