The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Publications Copernicus
Articles | Volume XLII-3/W10
07 Feb 2020
 | 07 Feb 2020


X. Y. Long, Z. F. Shao, and X. X. Feng

Keywords: urban remote sensing, impervious surface extraction, urban planning, SVM, urbanization

Abstract. Urban planning and constructions affect spatial patterns of urban impervious surfaces, which in turn modify the urban environment and affect human-environment interactions. Impervious surfaces can redistribute precipitation patterns, and the perviousness–imperviousness ratio is considered as one important indicator for assessing the degree of urbanization and the quality of urban eco-environment. The spatial distribution and dynamics of impervious surfaces contribute to better understand urbanization and its impacts on regional or urban hydrological environment, surface temperature balance and biodiversity, etc. Hengqin new area is located in Hengqin island, south of Zhuhai city, adjacent to Hong Kong and Macao. It was officially established as a free trade zone in 2009. Due to the rapid development of Hengqin in recent years, this paper discusses Landsat8 imagery of time series in mapping impervious surfaces, and analysis the changes of impervious surface in Hengqin from 2013 to 2018. Support vector machine (SVM) is a classical classifier that is supervised learning models and that use related learning algorithms to analyze data for classification and regression analysis (Vapnik, 1995). In this paper, we obtain the impervious surface distribution via SVM and get good accuracy. The impervious surface distribution of Hengqin in six years show that the quickly improve of urbanization level. However, with the development of urbanization, the impervious surface has not changed dramatically, which shows that the decision-making of urban managers is correct. After the urbanization construction in Hengqin, it is still an ecological island.