Next Article in Journal
Land Cover Characterization and Mapping of South America for the Year 2010 Using Landsat 30 m Satellite Data
Next Article in Special Issue
Now You See It… Now You Don’t: Understanding Airborne Mapping LiDAR Collection and Data Product Generation for Archaeological Research in Mesoamerica
Previous Article in Journal
Remote Sensing Image Interpretation for Urban Environment Analysis: Methods, System and Examples
Previous Article in Special Issue
High-Density LiDAR Mapping of the Ancient City of Mayapán
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessArticle
Remote Sens. 2014, 6(10), 9475-9493; doi:10.3390/rs6109475

Evaluating the Quality and Accuracy of TanDEM-X Digital Elevation Models at Archaeological Sites in the Cilician Plain, Turkey

1
Institute of Geography, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Goldschmidtstr. 5, D-37077 Göttingen, Germany
2
Institute for Archaeological Sciences, Universität Bern, Länggass-Strasse 10, CH-3012 Bern, Switzerland
3
Microwaves and Radar Institute, German Aerospace Center (DLR), D-82234 Wessling, Germany
*
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 1 April 2014 / Revised: 19 September 2014 / Accepted: 23 September 2014 / Published: 8 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue New Perspectives of Remote Sensing for Archaeology)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [28702 KB, uploaded 8 October 2014]   |  

Abstract

Satellite remote sensing provides a powerful instrument for mapping and monitoring traces of historical settlements and infrastructure, not only in distant areas and crisis regions. It helps archaeologists to embed their findings from field surveys into the broader context of the landscape. With the start of the TanDEM-X mission, spatially explicit 3D-information is available to researchers at an unprecedented resolution worldwide. We examined different experimental TanDEM-X digital elevation models (DEM) that were processed from two different imaging modes (Stripmap/High Resolution Spotlight) using the operational alternating bistatic acquisition mode. The quality and accuracy of the experimental DEM products was compared to other available DEM products and a high precision archaeological field survey. The results indicate the potential of TanDEM-X Stripmap (SM) data for mapping surface elements at regional scale. For the alluvial plain of Cilicia, a suspected palaeochannel could be reconstructed. At the local scale, DEM products from TanDEM-X High Resolution Spotlight (HS) mode were processed at 2 m spatial resolution using a merge of two monostatic/bistatic interferograms. The absolute and relative vertical accuracy of the outcome meet the specification of high resolution elevation data (HRE) standards from the National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSG) at the HRE20 level. View Full-Text
Keywords: TanDEM-X; alternating bistatic; synthetic aperture radar; SAR; Cilicia; digital elevation model; DEM TanDEM-X; alternating bistatic; synthetic aperture radar; SAR; Cilicia; digital elevation model; DEM
Figures

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Erasmi, S.; Rosenbauer, R.; Buchbach, R.; Busche, T.; Rutishauser, S. Evaluating the Quality and Accuracy of TanDEM-X Digital Elevation Models at Archaeological Sites in the Cilician Plain, Turkey. Remote Sens. 2014, 6, 9475-9493.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Remote Sens. EISSN 2072-4292 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top