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Urban Vegetation Mapping Using Remote Sensing Techniques: A Comparison of Methods
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to compare remote sensing methods in the context of a vegetation mapping of an urban environment. The methods used was (1) a traditional per-pixel based method; maximum likelihood supervised classification (ENVI), (2) a standard object based method; example based feature extraction (ENVI) and (3) a newly developed method; Window Independent Contextual Segmentation (WICS) (Choros Cognition). A four-band SPOT5 image with a pixel size of 10x10m was used for the classifications. A validation data-set was created using a ortho corrected aerial image with a pixel size of 1x1m. Error matrices was created by cross-tabulating the classified images with the validation data-set. From the error matrices, overall accuracy and kappa coefficient was calculated. The object-based method performed best with a overall accuracy of 80% and a kappa value of 0.6, followed by the WICS method with an overall accuracy of 77% and a kappa value of 0.53, placing the supervised classification last with an overall accuracy of 71% and a kappa value of 0.38. The results of this study suggests object-based method and WICS to perform better than the supervised classification in an urban environment.  

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2015. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
Vegetation Mapping, Window Independent Contextual Segmentation (WICS), Supervised Classification, Object Based Image Analysis
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Remote Sensing
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-117108OAI: diva2:810508
Available from: 2015-05-07 Created: 2015-05-07 Last updated: 2015-05-07Bibliographically approved

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