Rigorous line-based transformation model using the generalized point strategy for the rectification of high resolution satellite imagery

Kun Hu, Wenzhong Shi

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High precision geometric rectification of High Resolution Satellite Imagery (HRSI) is the basis of digital mapping and Three-Dimensional (3D) modeling. Taking advantage of line features as basic geometric control conditions instead of control points, the Line-Based Transformation Model (LBTM) provides a practical and efficient way of image rectification. It is competent to build the mathematical relationship between image space and the corresponding object space accurately, while it reduces the workloads of ground control and feature recognition dramatically. Based on generalization and the analysis of existing LBTMs, a novel rigorous LBTM is proposed in this paper, which can further eliminate the geometric deformation caused by sensor inclination and terrain variation. This improved nonlinear LBTM is constructed based on a generalized point strategy and resolved by least squares overall adjustment. Geo-positioning accuracy experiments with IKONOS, GeoEye-1 and ZiYuan-3 satellite imagery are performed to compare rigorous LBTM with other relevant line-based and point-based transformation models. Both theoretic analysis and experimental results demonstrate that the rigorous LBTM is more accurate and reliable without adding extra ground control. The geo-positioning accuracy of satellite imagery rectified by rigorous LBTM can reach about one pixel with eight control lines and can be further improved by optimizing the horizontal and vertical distribution of control lines.

Original languageEnglish
Article number743
JournalRemote Sensing
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Geo-positioning accuracy analysis
  • High Resolution Satellite Imagery (HRSI)
  • Image rectification
  • Line-Based Transformation Model (LBTM)
  • Rigorous affine transformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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