[OSGeo-Discuss] Re: Include remote sensing software in OSGeo desktop shootout? Re: Discuss Digest, Vol 36, Issue 31

Stefan Steiniger sstein at geo.uzh.ch
Wed Dec 23 09:13:53 PST 2009

Hei Drew,

my question to you would be: Which FOS remote sensing packages do you 
know? I did not found many in my survey made in the beginning of 
December (this year). So, I think the state here is worse than for 
desktop GIS. I found the following tools:

- OSSIM - desktop RS app
- Opticks - desktop RS app
- InterImage - desktop Image Analysis Package
- ILWIS(Open) - desktop GIS & RS app
- GDL - free IDL processor
- orfeo - image processing and analysis toolbox
- imagej - image processing and analysis toolbox

But they all address quite different things.
Do you know more? E.g. tools that build on/extend WorldWind?
I know only of some some more free-of-cost apps.

but I would not mix/include it into the desktop GIS comparison, although 
some GIS offer RS features.


Pilant.Drew at epamail.epa.gov schrieb:
> Dear All,
> The discussion of an OSGeo desktop shootout prompts me to inquire if 
> remote sensing / image processing software could be included in the 
> comparison. Or, does anyone have an existing comparison of features and 
> capabilities?
> More specifically, how do the FOSS remote sensing toolkits compare with 
> commercial packages such as ENVI, ERDAS Imagine, PCI Geomatics, Idrisi, 
> ECognition, Feature Analyst, Genie Pro, etc (sorry for any omissions on 
> this list). Where are the gaps?
> By remote sensing packages, I'm referring to software that ingests 
> satellite and aerial imagery and data (optical, infrared, thermal 
> infrared, SAR, LIDAR, microwave), and applies various transformations, 
> filters and workflows to generate geospatial information and maps. The 
> remote sensing output is typically imported into GIS for further 
> analysis and visualization.
> Many thanks and happy holidays,
> Drew
> Drew Pilant, Ph.D.
> Remote Sensing Research Scientist
> US Environmental Protection Agency
> Office of Research and Development
> Landscape Characterization Branch
> tel:  919.541.0648
> fax: 919.541.9420
> pilant.drew at epa.gov
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