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23 October 2014 Algorithms for lineaments detection in processing of multispectral images
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Satellite remote sensing is a universal tool to investigate the different areas of Earth and environmental sciences. The advancement of the implementation capabilities of the optoelectronic devices which are long-term-tested in the laboratory and the field and are mounted on-board of the remote sensing platforms further improves the capability of instruments to acquire information about the Earth and its resources in global, regional and local scales. With the start of new high-spatial and spectral resolution satellite and aircraft imagery new applications for large-scale mapping and monitoring becomes possible. The integration with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) allows a synergistic processing of the multi-source spatial and spectral data. Here we present the results of a joint project DFNI I01/8 funded by the Bulgarian Science Fund focused on the algorithms of the preprocessing and the processing spectral data by using the methods of the corrections and of the visual and automatic interpretation. The objects of this study are lineaments. The lineaments are basically the line features on the earth's surface which are a sign of the geological structures. The geological lineaments usually appear on the multispectral images like lines or edges or linear shapes which is the result of the color variations of the surface structures. The basic geometry of a line is orientation, length and curve. The detection of the geological lineaments is an important operation in the exploration for mineral deposits, in the investigation of active fault patterns, in the prospecting of water resources, in the protecting people, etc. In this study the integrated approach for the detecting of the lineaments is applied. It combines together the methods of the visual interpretation of various geological and geographical indications in the multispectral satellite images, the application of the spatial analysis in GIS and the automatic processing of the multispectral images by Canny algorithm, Directional Filter and Neural Network. Landsat multispectral images of the Eastern Rhodopes in Bulgaria for carrying out the procedure are used. Canny algorithm for extracting edges represents series of filters (Gaussian, Sobel, etc.) applied to all bands of the image using the free IDL source. Directional Filter is applied to sharpen the image in a specific preferred direction. Another method is the Neural Network algorithm for recognizing lineaments. The lineaments are effectively extracted using different methods of automatic. The results from the above mentioned methods are compared to the results derived from the visual interpretation of satellite images and from the geological map. In conclusion, the rose diagrams of the distribution of the geological lineaments and the maps of their density are completed.
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D. Borisova, G. Jelev, V. Atanassov, Petia Koprinkova-Hristova, and K. Alexiev "Algorithms for lineaments detection in processing of multispectral images", Proc. SPIE 9245, Earth Resources and Environmental Remote Sensing/GIS Applications V, 92451L (23 October 2014);

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