DSM Metainformation Layers


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Alternative names


DSM Quality Inspection

DSM Quality Layers

Additionally to the standard DSM products, SURE can optionally generate raster layers storing DSM Metainformation. These items are written as 8- 16- or 32-bit .tif images with a one-to-one correspondence to the DSM .tif tiles and they can only be generated if the DSM is also produced. The Metainformation Layers provide insights to the quality of the observations in the DSM and can be visualized and inspected in third-party GIS software.

DSM Point Color

In this raster product, each pixel gets the RGB value of the original DSM point projected at the respective position.

Point Color raster layer.

DSM Point Color Interpolated

Similar to DSM Point Color, including also the RGB color of the interpolated pixels.

Point Color Interpolated raster layer.

DSM Height Colored

The grey value image of the DSM Point Color is translated into intensity using a coloring palette according to the height/elevation (DSM). The elevation repeats in the color itself, while subtle differences are expressed as variations in saturation. This way, standard DSM and DSM Point Color results can be inspected simultaneously through an interpretation of elevation similar to contour (iso) lines in the color.

Height Colored raster layer

DSM Roughness

This layer represents a measure of the local height variation across a mask of 3x3 pixels. Small or null values are expected in flat areas, whereas larger values indicate an abrupt changes in elevation (e.g. near building edges, tree contours, etc.).

DSM roughness raster layer.

DSM Cell Point Count

Pixel values in this image reflect the number of original 3D points that were created inside the respective raster cells. The layer can be interpreted as a “visibility measure”, as it basically indicates how many input images contributed to point triangulation in the respective pixels.

DSM Cell Point Count raster layer.

DSM Cell Standard Deviation

Each pixel stores the standard deviation value of the elevation for the points generated inside the respective raster cell. It can be a good indicator of the reliability of the z-value corresponding in the DSM product.

DSM Cell Standard Deviation raster layer.

DSM Model Count

Each pixel stores the number of stereo models participating in the 3D point triangulation from which the elevation measurements in the DSM were taken.

DSM Model Count raster layer.

DSM Binary Mask

Pixels with an actual height measurement are represented as white (i.e., 255 or maximum intensity), whereas the interpolated or empty pixels are represented as black (i.e., 0 or minimum intensity).

DSM Binary Mask raster layer.

DSM Distance Mask

For each raster cell of the DSM that does not contain a measurement (including interpolated pixels), the euclidean distance to the closest pixel with a valid measurement (originating in a 3D point) is stored.

DSM Distance Mask raster layer.

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