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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing • Open Access

Comparison of mosaicking techniques for airborne images from consumer-grade cameras
Author(s): Huaibo Song; Chenghai Yang; Jian Zhang; Wesley C. Hoffmann; Dongjian He; J. Alex Thomasson

Paper Abstract

Images captured from airborne imaging systems can be mosaicked for diverse remote sensing applications. The objective of this study was to identify appropriate mosaicking techniques and software to generate mosaicked images for use by aerial applicators and other users. Three software packages—Photoshop CC, Autostitch, and Pix4Dmapper—were selected for mosaicking airborne images acquired from a large cropping area. Ground control points were collected for georeferencing the mosaicked images and for evaluating the accuracy of eight mosaicking techniques. Analysis and accuracy assessment showed that Pix4Dmapper can be the first choice if georeferenced imagery with high accuracy is required. The spherical method in Photoshop CC can be an alternative for cost considerations, and Autostitch can be used to quickly mosaic images with reduced spatial resolution. The results also showed that the accuracy of image mosaicking techniques could be greatly affected by the size of the imaging area or the number of the images and that the accuracy would be higher for a small area than for a large area. The results from this study will provide useful information for the selection of image mosaicking software and techniques for aerial applicators and other users.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 March 2016
PDF: 14 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 10(1) 016030 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.10.016030
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 10, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Huaibo Song, Northwest A&F Univ. (China)
Agricultural Research Ctr. (United States)
Texas A&M Univ. (United States)
Chenghai Yang, Agricultural Research Service (United States)
Jian Zhang, Huazhong Agricultural Univ. (United States)
Agricultural Research Ctr. (China)
Wesley C. Hoffmann, Agricultural Research Service (United States)
Dongjian He, Northwest A&F Univ. (China)
J. Alex Thomasson, Texas A&M Univ. (United States)


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