Articles | Volume 4, issue 2
Earth Surf. Dynam., 4, 359–389, 2016

Special issue: Frontiers in geomorphometry

Earth Surf. Dynam., 4, 359–389, 2016

Review article 19 May 2016

Review article | 19 May 2016

Image-based surface reconstruction in geomorphometry – merits, limits and developments

Anette Eltner et al.

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Three-dimensional reconstruction of earth surfaces from overlapping images is a promising tool for geoscientists. The method is very flexible, cost-efficient and easy to use, leading to a high variability in applications at different scales. Performance evaluation reveals that good accuracies are achievable but depend on the requirements of the individual case study. Future applications and developments (i.e. big data) will consolidate this essential tool for digital surface mapping.