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https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-2021-10
https://doi.org/10.5194/gi-2021-10

  06 May 2021

06 May 2021

Review status: this preprint is currently under review for the journal GI.

Study on a Compatible Model Combining Point Cloud Model and Digital Elevation Model

Wenbo Guo and Jun Zhao Wenbo Guo and Jun Zhao
  • College of Geography and Environment Science, Northwest Normal University, Lanzhou 730070, China

Abstract. DEMs (Digital Elevation Model) are important data sources that describe the surface morphology, but they are not real 3D models and thus cannot meet the requirements for describing the land surface in 3D. LIDAR (Light Deteation and Ranging) point cloud data are true 3D data with high precision and a high density. Based on an analysis of the differences between DEM and point cloud data, including the corresponding acquisition methods, data structures and model construction methods, this paper proposes a 3D point set data model based on regular grid 2D data field for regional modeling. The feasibility of the model is tested through the upper and lower boundary modeling method. The experiments show that (1) the 3D point set data model based on regularly gridded 2D data field is compatible with complete DEM data and simplified point cloud data and has good applicability; (2) the newly built data model can be used in the true 3D modeling of simple surface entities with high efficiency when the amount of data is only doubled; and (3) the new data model can be generated by inputting DEM data and point cloud data and using a simplified algorithm to process the point cloud data in the same coordinate system. This approach has the potential for multiscale, including large-scale, and automatic output processing and has the potential to be widely generalized.

Wenbo Guo and Jun Zhao

Status: open (until 13 Oct 2021)

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Based on an analysis of the differences between DEM and point cloud data, including the corresponding acquisition methods, data structures and model construction methods, this paper proposes a 3D point set data model based on regular grid 2D data field for regional modeling. The feasibility of the model is tested through the upper and lower boundary modeling method.