FOREST ROADIDENTIFICATION AND EXTRACTIONOF THROUGH ADVANCED LOG MATCHING TECHNIQUES
Keywords: Forest road extraction, LiDAR, template matching, LoG, segmentation, tensor voting
Abstract. A novel algorithm for forest road identification and extraction was developed. The algorithm utilized Laplacian of Gaussian (LoG) filter and slope calculation on high resolution multispectral imagery and LiDAR data respectively to extract both primary road and secondary road segments in the forest area. The proposed method used road shape feature to extract the road segments, which have been further processed as objects with orientation preserved. The road network was generated after post processing with tensor voting. The proposed method was tested on Hearst forest, located in central Ontario, Canada. Based on visual examination against manually digitized roads, the majority of roads from the test area have been identified and extracted from the process.