The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
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Articles | Volume XLIII-B3-2020
21 Aug 2020
 | 21 Aug 2020


B. Wang, S. Song, W. Gong, S. Shi, B. Chen, J. Yang, L. Du, and J. Sun

Keywords: B-spline, Full Waveform, Lidar Ranging, Multispectral Lidar, Parameters Extraction, Waveform Characteristic

Abstract. Full-waveform light detection and ranging (LiDAR) has become a well-established technique for remote sensing of surface topography and target characterization, offering numerous opportunities in investigation and interpretation of the structural diversity of surface coverage. However, most prevailing waveform decomposition methods employ the Gaussian function or some other probability distributions to model LiDAR waveforms of specific shapes, which cannot be universally used. Moreover, most of these waveform decomposition methods operate at a single laser wavelength and cannot be applied well to multispectral LiDAR (MSL) or hyperspectral LiDAR (HSL), which can simultaneously collect the spectral and geometric attributes with multiple transmitting laser wavelengths. In this paper, we propose a new multispectral B-spline waveform decomposition model to achieve high precision multi-target ranging. Considering both the spatial consistency of each channel and the irregular shape of the received waveform, LiDAR waveforms are modelled by B-splines rather than any other specific probability distribution. Thus, the proposed method can be extended to other FWMSL data benefiting from the flexibility of B-splines on fitting arbitrary curves. Both simulated MSL echoes and a measured dataset from a FWMSL system with three wavelengths of 556, 670, and 780 nm were used in this study. Compared with two single wavelength waveform decomposition models and a multispectral waveform decomposition model based on Gaussian function, the proposed method has excellent robustness for processing different shapes of waveforms and can improve ranging accuracy significantly for irregular waveforms.