A new multi-resolution based method for estimating local surface roughness from point clouds

Fan, Lei and Atkinson, P.M. (2018) A new multi-resolution based method for estimating local surface roughness from point clouds. ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 144. pp. 369-378. ISSN 0924-2716

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Abstract

From some empirical and theoretical research on the digital elevation model (DEM) accuracy obtained for different source data densities, it can be observed that when the same degree of data reduction is applied to a whole area, the rate of change in the DEM error is statistically greater in local areas where the surface is rougher. Based on this observation, it is possible to characterize surface roughness or complexity from the differences between two digital elevation models (DEMs) built using point clouds that represent the same terrain surface but are of different spatial resolutions (or data spacings). Following this logic, a new approach for estimating surface roughness is proposed in this article. Numerical experiments are used to test the effectiveness of the approach. The study datasets considered in this article consist of four elevation point clouds obtained from terrestrial laser scanning (TLS) and airborne light detection and ranging (LiDAR). These types of topographical data are now used widely in Earth science and related disciplines. The method proposed was found to be an effective means of quantifying local terrain surface roughness. © 2018 International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, Inc. (ISPRS)

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Additional Information: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, 144, 2018 DOI: 10.1016/j.isprsjprs.2018.08.003
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code: 127191
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2018 16:01
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2020 03:34
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/127191

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