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Resampling methods for the MTI coregistration product
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Paper Abstract

Accurate coregistration of images from the Multispectral Thermal Imager (MTI) is needed to properly align bands for spectral analysis and physical retrievals, such as water surface temperature, land-cover classification, or small target identification. After accounting for spacecraft motion, optical distortion, and geometrical perspective, the irregularly-spaced pixels in the images must be resampled to a common grid. What constitutes an optimal resampling depends, to some extent, on the needs of the user. A good resampling trades off radiometric fidelity, contrast preservation for small objects, and cartographic accuracy -- and achieves this compromise without unreasonable computational effort. The standard MTI coregistration product originally used a weighted-area approach to achieve this irregular resampling, which generally over-smoothes the imagery and reduces the contrast of small objects. Recently, other resampling methods have been implemented to improve the final coregistered image. These methods include nearest-neighbor resampling and a tunable, distance-weighted resampling. We will discuss the pros and cons of various resampling methods applied to MTI images, and show results of comparing the contrast of small objects before and after resampling.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5093, Algorithms and Technologies for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery IX, (23 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.485985
Show Author Affiliations
Amy E. Galbraith, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
James P. Theiler, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Steven C. Bender, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5093:
Algorithms and Technologies for Multispectral, Hyperspectral, and Ultraspectral Imagery IX
Sylvia S. Shen; Paul E. Lewis, Editor(s)

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