17 March 2003 Mapping vegetation of a wetland ecosystem by fuzzy classification of optical and microwave satellite images supported by various ancillary data
Author Affiliations +
Abstract
An approach to classification of satellite images aimed at vegetation mapping in a wetland ecosystem has been presented. The wetlands of the Biebrza Valley located in the NE part of Poland has been chosen as a site of interest. The difficulty of using satellite images for the classification of a wetland land cover lies in the strong variability of the hydration state of such ecosystem in time. Satellite images acquired by optical or microwave sensors depend heavily on the current water level which often masks the most interesting long-time scale features of vegetation. Therefore the images have to be interpreted in the context of various ancillary data related to the investigated site. In the case of Biebrza Valley the most useful information was obtained from the soil and hydration maps as well as from the old vegetation maps. The object oriented classification approach applied in eCognition software enabled simultaneous use of satellite images together with the additional thematic data. Some supplementary knowledge concerning possible plant cover changes was also introduced into the process of classification. The accuracy of the classification was assessed versus ground-truth data and results of visual interpretation of aerial photos. The achieved accuracy depends on the type of vegetation community in question and is better for forest or shrubs than for meadows.
© (2003) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only.
Krystyna Stankiewicz, Krystyna Stankiewicz, Katarzyna Dabrowska-Zielinska, Katarzyna Dabrowska-Zielinska, Maryla Gruszczynska, Maryla Gruszczynska, Agata Hoscilo, Agata Hoscilo, "Mapping vegetation of a wetland ecosystem by fuzzy classification of optical and microwave satellite images supported by various ancillary data", Proc. SPIE 4879, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology IV, (17 March 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.462423; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.462423
PROCEEDINGS
10 PAGES


SHARE
Back to Top