AROSICS is an automated and robust open-source image co-registration software for multi-sensor satellite data. The python package performs automatic subpixel co-registration of two satellite image datasets based on an image matching approach working in the frequency domain, combined with a multistage workflow for effective detection of false-positives.

AROSICS was developed at the German Research Centre for Geosciences Potsdam (GFZ) in the context of GeoMultiSens. The underlying algorithm has been published in Scheffler et al. 2017.

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The package is freely available from the Python package index or conda-forge and is already widely used by a community of geospatial analysts and remote sensing experts.


AROSICS detects and corrects local as well as global misregistrations between two input images in the subpixel scale, that are often present in satellite imagery. The algorithm is robust against the typical difficulties of multi-sensoral/multi-temporal images. Clouds are automatically handled by the implemented outlier detection algorithms. The user may provide masks to exclude certain image areas from tie point creation. The image overlap area is automatically detected. AROSICS supports a wide range of input data formats and can be used from the command line (without any Python experience) or as a normal Python package.

Two co-registration modes are available: the local co-registration approach accounts for locally varying shifts and computes hundreds of tie points spread over the entire image overlap whereas the global co-registration approach only corrects a static, translational X/Y shift.

AROSICS provides a lot of functionality to visualize the initial mis-registration and to create interactive plots in a Jupyter notebook. The figure shown here, e.g., visualizes the computed shift vectors (local co-registration approach) after filtering false-positives, mainly due to clouds in the target image.

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