Title: Automated land cover mapping and independent change detection in tropical forest using multi-temporal high resolution data set
Citation: The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences vol. XXXVIII
Publisher: International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS)
Publication Year: 2010
JRC N°: JRC65179
URI: http://www.isprs.org/proceedings/XXXVIII/4-C7/html/papers.html
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: An automatic method for land cover mapping and for detecting forest change has been designed for high resolution couples of image. The work is done on 20X20 km samples of 30 m resolution Landsat imagery. The methodology has been developed for two dates extracts but several couple of images can be compared. An automatic multi-date segmentation is applied on extracts pairs. Segmentation parameters are tuned, thanks to an iterative procedure, in order to provide image-objects of 1 hectare. In dense moist forest areas, 1 hectare guarantees a pure land cover for each object-segment. These image-objects will be the units of the classification and change detection work. An unsupervised classification is performed for each image, grouping image-objects into clusters. For each image, a tree cover mask is made based on a land cover map of reference with a coarser scale. Each cluster is then automatically labelled with this tree cover mask. Small image-objects are aggregated into image-object with a minimum mapping unit of 5 hectares thanks to a second segmentation level. Two independent things are then produced, a land cover map for each date of interest and a set of objects flagged as changed between the two dates. The forest change detection is obtained by running a statistical outlier detection method on the difference of both images. The detection is done under the union of the tree cover mask of both dates in order to work with a homogenous set of objects. The accuracy of this methodology is assessed for ten pairs of images, visually validated by experts.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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