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.
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.