Integration of panoramic hyperspectral imaging with terrestrial lidar data

Tobias H. Kurz*, Simon J. Buckley, John A. Howell, Danilo Schneider

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In many close-range applications it is essential to obtain information about the geometry of the target surface as well as its chemical composition. In this study, close-range hyperspectral imaging was integrated with terrestrial laser scanning to provide mineral and chemical information for geological field studies. The spectral data was collected with the HySpex SWIR-320m sensor, which operates in the infrared spectrum between the wavelengths of 1·3 and 2·5μm. This sensor permits surfaces to be imaged with high spectral resolution, allowing detailed classification and analysis to be carried out. Photogrammetric processing of the hyperspectral imagery was achieved using an existing geometric model for rotating linear-array-based panoramic cameras. Bundle block adjustment of multiple images resulted in the registration of the spectral images in the lidar coordinate system, with a precision of around one image pixel. Although the image and control point network was not optimised for photogrammetric processing, it was possible to recover the exterior camera orientations, as well as additional camera calibration parameters. With the known image orientations, 3D lidar models could be textured with hyperspectral classifications, and the quality of the registration determined. The integration of the hyperspectral image products with the terrestrial lidar data enabled data interpretation and evaluation in a real-world coordinate system, and provided a reliable means of linking material and geometric information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-228
Number of pages17
JournalPhotogrammetric Record
Issue number134
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


  • 3D modelling
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Mineral mapping
  • Panorama
  • Rotating line camera
  • Terrestrial lidar


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