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Articles | Volume XLIII-B1-2020
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLIII-B1-2020, 129–134, 2020
Int. Arch. Photogramm. Remote Sens. Spatial Inf. Sci., XLIII-B1-2020, 129–134, 2020

  06 Aug 2020

06 Aug 2020


G. Li1,2,3, J. Guo1,3, X. Tang1,2, F. Ye1, Z. Zuo1,4, Z. Liu1, J. Chen1, and Y. Xue1 G. Li et al.
  • 1Land Satellite Remote Sensing Application Center, MNR, Beijing, China
  • 2Jiangsu Center for Collaborative Innovation in Geographical Information Resource Development and Application, Nanjing, China
  • 3School of Geomatics, Liaoning Technical University, Fuxin, China
  • 4School of Electric Information of Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Keywords: GF-7, Satellite Laser Altimeter, Full Waveform Data, Quality Evaluation

Abstract. The full-waveform data is the core data of GaoFen-7 (GF-7) satellite laser altimeter, and evaluation of waveform data quality is an important step and premise for satellite laser altimetry and quality control. In this paper, the full waveform data quality assessment and analysis of GF-7 laser altimeter is implemented during the period of on-orbit experiment, and the real waveform data of many orbits is used to quantitatively describe the characteristic parameters of the transmitted waveform and the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and the result of two beam lasers is compared. The conclusion is validated that the GF-7 laser altimeter can obtain effective waveform data and the echo waveform availability of the experimental data is approximate 72.59%, moreover, the quality of beam 1 is slightly better than that of the beam 2. The laser temperature is an important indication of the quality of transmitted waveform according to the SNR changing. The good SNR value of the waveform and small footprint size will be helpful for the terrain information extraction and analysis, although the repetition frequency is low.