Orthorectification and Pan-Sharpening of WorldView-2 Satellite Imagery to Produce High Resolution Coloured Ortho-Photos

  •  Claudio parente    
  •  Oscar Belfiore    


In the last decade VHR (Very High Resolution) images from satellite, because of the reduced dimensions of pixel (less than 1 meter) and the availability in different acquisition bands (4 or more), have had major dffusion in many application fields of remote sensing. They can be used also to produce high resolution coloured ortho-photos, but adequate levels of positional accuracy as well as small pixel dimensions are necessary. The aim of this paper is to demonstrate that WorldView-2 (WV-2) images satisfy totally these requirements if firstly submitted to high accurate rectification and Pan-Sharpening processes. Using Rational Polynomial Functions (RPFs), original dataset can be better overlapped to cartographic maps at medium or great scale; multispectral images (cell size: 2 m) can be resampled to meet geometric resolution of pan one (cell size: 0.5 m), so detailed and attendible RGB composition results. Applications are carried out on one sample of WV-2 imagery concerning a scene within the Province of Caserta (Italy) that includes vegetated as well as urban areas. Finally RGB composition with pixel dimensions of 0.5 m, positional accuracy less than 1 meter and likely colors are achieved, confirming the possibility to use this type of images for coloured ortho-photos at scale 1:5.000 at least.

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