Due to the limited accuracy of exterior orientation parameters, ground control points (GCPs) are commonly required to correct the geometric biases of remotely-sensed (RS) images. This paper focuses on an automatic matching technique for the specific task of georeferencing RS images and presents a technical frame to match large RS images efficiently using the prior geometric information of the images. In addition, a novel matching approach using online aerial images, e.g., Google satellite images, Bing aerial maps, etc.
, is introduced based on the technical frame. Experimental results show that the proposed method can collect a sufficient number of well-distributed and reliable GCPs in tens of seconds for different kinds of large-sized RS images, whose spatial resolutions vary from 30 m to 2 m. It provides a convenient and efficient way to automatically georeference RS images, as there is no need to manually prepare reference images according to the location and spatial resolution of sensed images.
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