APPLICABILITY OF MULTI-SEASONAL X-BAND SAR IMAGERY FOR MULTIRESOLUTION SEGMENTATION: A CASE STUDY IN A RIPARIAN MIXED FOREST
Keywords: TerraSAR-X, object based image analysis (OBIA), multiresolution segmentation, estimation of scale parameter (ESP)
Abstract. The increasing availability of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data from a range of different sensors necessitates efficient methods for semi-automated information extraction at multiple spatial scales for different fields of application. The focus of the presented study is two-fold: 1) to evaluate the applicability of multi-temporal TerraSAR-X imagery for multiresolution segmentation, and 2) to identify suitable Scale Parameters through different weighing of different homogeneity criteria, mainly colour variance. Multiresolution segmentation was used for segmentation of multi-temporal TerraSAR-X imagery, and the ESP (Estimation of Scale Parameter) tool was used to identify suitable Scale Parameters for image segmentation. The validation of the segmentation results was performed using very high resolution WorldView-2 imagery and a reference map, which was created by an ecological expert. The results of multiresolution segmentation revealed that in the context of object-based image analysis the TerraSAR-X images are applicable for generating optimal image objects. Furthermore, ESP tool can be used as an indicator for estimation of Scale Parameter for multiresolution segmentation of TerraSAR-X imagery. Additionally, for more reliable results, this study suggests that the homogeneity criterion of colour, in a variance based segmentation algorithm, needs to be set to high values. Setting the shape/colour criteria to 0.005/0.995 or 0.00/1 led to the best results and to the creation of adequate image objects.