Testing Texture of VHR Panchromatic Data as a Feature of Land Cover Classification

While it is well-known that texture can be used to classify very high resolution (VHR) data, the limits of its applicability have not been unequivocally specified. This study examines whether it is possible to divide satellite images into two classes associated with “low” and “high” texture values in the initial stage of processing VHR images. This approach can be effectively used in object-oriented classification. Based on the panchromatic channel of KOMPSAT-2 images from five areas of Europe, datasets with down-sampled pixel resolutions of 1, 2, 4, 8, and 16 m were prepared. These images were processed using different texture analysis techniques in order to discriminate between basic land cover classes. Results were assessed using the normalized feature space distance expressed by the Jeffries-Matusita distance. The best results were observed for images with the highest resolution processed by the Laplacian filter. Our research shows that a classification approach based on the idea of “low” and “high” textures can be effectively applied to panchromatic data with a resolution of 8 m or higher.

Lewiński S., Aleksandrowicz S., Banaszkiewicz M. 2014. “Testing Texture of VHR Panchromatic Data as a Feature of Land Cover Classification.” Acta Geophysica, December, 1–21. doi:10.2478/s11600-014-0250-5


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