Extraction of buildings in heterogeneous urban areas: testing the value of increased spectral information of WorldView-2 imagery

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Large-scale spatial data that include both topographic and thematic information are needed to support decision-making and regular land management activities at municipal level. Buildings are one of the main feature classes of interest for a municipality, whose ‘correct’ automatic extraction remained a challenging task, even with the advent of Very-High Resolution (VHR) satellite imagery. Using Lisbon as the case study, this work tests the contribution of the increased spectral resolution of the WorldView-2 sensor for building extraction, in an urban planning context. The methodology is based on automated feature extraction and object-based accuracy assessment. Results show that, while the overall accuracy of extraction is relatively high, it has not increased significantly when the newly-available bands were included.
Original languageUnknown
Title of host publicationComputational Modelling of Objects Represented in Images: Fundamentals, Methods, and Applications
EditorsP.D. Giamberardino, D. Iacoviello, R.M. Natal Jorge, J.M.R.S. Tavares
Place of PublicationRoma
PublisherTaylor & Francis Group
ISBN (Print)978-0-415-62134-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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