Earth support coming to ASP

February 23 2012

For those not familiar, Ames Stereo Pipeline (ASP) is an open source toolset provided for free by IRG. We built it on top of another fantastic collection of tools called ISIS provided by USGS. This allowed our group and the public to produce 3D models of planets and moons across our solar system. ASP played an essential role in our Lunar and Mapping Modeling project where we produced high-resolution elevation models using images from the 1970’s Apollo missions.

DEM Produced by ASP of the Rocky Mountains.

Up until recently, ASP hasn’t ever performed work using satellite images of the Earth. This will change in our next binary release where we will be adding support for stereo images captured by Digital Globe.  Our source code on Github has recently added a change to allow ASP to read camera information from Digital Globe’s XML format. This has allowed us to produce our first colorized height model of the Rockies shown right.

The Earth Sciences directorate of NASA has graciously funded our recent developments in ASP. We have the immediate hope that our tools will allow researchers to model ice-sheet flows in both the Antarctic and Greenland. The autonomous nature of ASP will allow scientists to get weekly ice flow updates where it was previously impossible due to manual costs. This potentially gives researchers new methods for insights into our changing climate.

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  1. jarvis

    Looks very interesting, any chance this can be licensed through to google maps, so that everyone might get a chance to discover this new mapping technology? I can think of a lot of areas that could use this..thanks!

  2. ubezpieczenia

    I believe that these studies are very important

  3. Rick

    I think that these results are in the interest of anyone. Can you provide links to researchers who actually use this toolset and publish their results online?

  4. ken@breakup quotes

    It is such an interesting application for digital satellite images. My work is deeply related with aerial images processing and I am deeply interested on using this software. I’m going to use it as soon as I could download the software. Thanks to all of you guys!

  5. Mutuo

    The world is changing very fast, very good news.

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    I am really expecting this software to perform satellite image processing, so I am waiting for the next release to come to start experimenting with some satellite images I’ve processed using Erdas without much results. I will compare these results with the new software and I will tell you what were my findings. Thank you guys!

  7. to get over a breaku

    I think it will be very useful to process those images in 3D in order to find such things like less dangerous routes to get to some place, or finding safe places to build some structure far from floods, or maybe avalanches at mountain areas. Other uses may include to find the best places to build water exhausts to relieve some area from floods. This applications are really very useful!

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