Nuclear waste related satellite mapping in northwest Russia

O. B. Dick*, O. Reistad, S. Hustveit, G. Grepstad, Frits Steenhuisen

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In the early phase of a project organized by the Norwegian Radiation Protection Authority (NRPA) dealing with monitoring of radioactive radiation from nuclear waste deposited at the former naval station Andreeva Bay in northwest Russia, a suitable base map at a scale sufficiently large to be used as a georeferencing tool for radiation measurements and also as a background map for presentations, was not available. It was therefore decided to use high resolution satellite imagery for this purpose, and a collaboration with the Geomatics section - IMT at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), was established.A Landsat-7 ETM+ precision corrected scene from the USGS 15 meter resolution data collection was used as a basis for a georeference adjustment of a system corrected QuickBird sub-scene. By establishing an adequate transformations based on Ground Control Points (GCPs), between the adjusted QuickBird sub-scene and a local grid, it was possible to locate the original radioactive radiation measurements with acceptable precision within the UTM Sone 36 N WGS84 geographical reference frame.At a later stage of the project, after the Satellite Image Map preparation, a digital version in raster format of a Russian topographic map sheet at scale 1:50 000 became available. This dataset offered a possibility for the assessment of the combined Landsat-7 ETM+/QuickBird rectification, and in addition an opportunity for an assessment of the influence of the terrain elevation on the geometry of the rectified satellite image.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication21st International Congress for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
PublisherCopernicus Publications
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event21st International Congress for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, ISPRS 2008 - Beijing, China
Duration: 3-Jul-200811-Jul-2008

Publication series

NameInternational Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences - ISPRS Archives
PublisherCopernicus Publications
ISSN (Print)1682-1750


Conference21st International Congress for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, ISPRS 2008


  • Digital image processing
  • Georeferencing
  • Landsat etm+
  • Nuclear waste
  • QuickBird
  • Satellite mapping

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