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Topographic mapping by laser altimetry
Author(s): Beata M. Csatho; Toni F. Schenk; Robert Thomas; William B. Krabill
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Paper Abstract

The prime objective of NASA's Arctic Ice Mapping project is to provide accurate ice sheet elevation data for the purpose of change detection. The airborne laser altimetry system ATM, developed by NASA, was successfully used in three missions in Greenland. This paper provides some background information about the ATM system and describes the tests that have been carried out to derive digital elevation models and to extract ice features from the raw data. After transforming the raw data into local coordinate systems, a simple thinning scheme is applied to reduce the redundancy. The digital elevation models are derived either from the original or from the thinned data sets by planar interpolation. Six parallel strips in different areas were bridged together and the resulting elevation model was used to map ice sheet features, such as undulations and lakes.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 August 1995
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2572, Remote Sensing and Reconstruction for Three-Dimensional Objects and Scenes, (23 August 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.216939
Show Author Affiliations
Beata M. Csatho, Byrd Polar Research Ctr. (United States)
Toni F. Schenk, Ohio State Univ. (United States)
Robert Thomas, NASA Headquarters (United States)
William B. Krabill, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2572:
Remote Sensing and Reconstruction for Three-Dimensional Objects and Scenes
Toni F. Schenk, Editor(s)

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