Geoprocessing and Archiving of Historical Aerial Images
More and more countries have digitized or are currently digitizing their archives of aerial images. They are a unique and relatively unexplored means to chronicle land-cover information over the past 100 years with very high spatial resolution. Such data provide a relatively dense temporal sampling of the territories. 3D information can even be retrieved since many surveys were performed under photogrammetric conditions. Therefore, both long-term environmental monitoring studies and historical object detection can be based on the analysis of these very rich time series of images.
We have noticed in the last years an increasing number of scientific papers processing historical airborne images in parallel to an increasing effort of local and national mapping authorities for creating the most complete archives. In a timely manner, it appears necessary to evaluate the current status of the archive digitization process in Europe (from geoferencing to distribution policies) as well as to review current application fields.
This EuroSDR event took place at IGN in Paris, France. Presentations were made by representatives from industry, NMCAs and academia.
Final program (pdf)
Day 1 - June 3rd, 2019
Lunch and registration
Welcome address and introduction to EuroSDR
Session 1: The process of digitizing and archiving
Archiving of historical aerial images: current status in Europe (pdf)
The digital transformation of the National Collection of Aerial Photography (NCAP): achievements to-date & next stage (pdf)
Preservation and digitizing of historical aerial images in Norway (pdf)
Analog/digital image processing of historical aerial imagery in the Italian National Photographic Aerial Archive (AFN-ICCD) (pdf)
Session 2: R&D in geoprocessing historical images Archiving and geoprocessing
Towards fully automatic orthophoto & DSM generation (pdf)
Machine learning methods applied to WWII aerial images (pdf)
Experiences with processing and co-registration of archival image datasets (pdf)
Using point clouds from historical imagery for estimating site index in forestry (pdf)
Session 3: Geoprocessing and use cases
Tracasa feedback on scanning and orthophoto generation (pdf)
Making it digital - Processing the aerial image archive of Sweden (pdf)
The digitization of IGN’s photo/cartographic archives and the web service “Remonter le temps” (“Go back in time”)
Time Machine. Big Data of the Past for the Future of Europe
Closure of meeting day 1
Day 2 - June 4th, 2019
Session 4: Geoprocessing and use cases
Historical orthophoto of Prague 1945 (pdf)
Historical aerial images of Czechia - archiving and applications in landscape studies (pdf)
3D Glacier monitoring with historical aerial images - from 1953 to today (pdf)
Historical Digital Ortho of entire Lombardia region (pdf)
A journey through time: Digitizing, processing and publishing historical aerial imagery in Switzerland (pdf)
Session 5: R&D in geoprocessing historical images
Marked point processes for the automatic detection of bomb craters in aerial wartime images (pdf)
Automatic land cover reconstruction from historical aerial images: an evaluation of features extraction and classification algorithms (pdf)
Automatic orientation of terrestrial and aerial archival images (pdf)
Wrap up discussions / Recommendations for further work
End of meeting / Lunch
Refreshments (coffee, lunch) are included in the registration cost. On the evening of Monday 3rd June, all participants were invited to join a complementary social dinner.
The event had a small registration fee of €25 for students (undergraduate, masters and PhDs) / retirees and €50 for full delegates.
Registration closed on 24th May 2019.
You can pay by
- bank transfer: you will receive the payment details after registration
- invoice: please fill in the invoice details (VAT/PO number and billing address) into the registration form below
(Just 50m away from the IGN headquarter entrance)
8 avenue Pasteur
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Sébastien Giordano (IGN France)
Clément Mallet (IGN France)
Fabio Remondino (FBK Trento, Italy)
Jon Arne Trollvik (NMA Norway)