Detection of urban tree canopy from very high resolution imagery using an object based classification

Sujata R. Kadu, Balaji G. Hogade, Imdad Rizvi


Tree that grows within a town, city and suburban areas, collection of these trees makes the urban forest. These urban forest and urban trees have impact on urban water, pollution and heat. Nowadays we are experiencing drastic climatic changes because of cutting of trees for our growth and increasing population which leads to expansion of roads, towers, and airports. Individual tree crown detection is necessary to map the forest along with feasible planning for urban areas. In this study, using WorldView-2imagery, trees in specific area are detected with object-based image analysis (OBAI) approach. Therefore with improvement in spatial and spectral resolution of an image, extracted from WorldView-2 carried out urban features with better accuracy. The aim of this research is to illustrate how object-based method can be applied to the available data to accurately find out vegetation, which can be further sub-classified to obtain area under tree canopy. The result thus obtained gives area under tree canopy with an accuracy of 92.43 % and a Kappa coefficient of 0.80.


multiresolution segmentation; object-based image analysis; tree canopy detection urban vegetation; very high resolution;

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International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering (IJECE)
p-ISSN 2088-8708, e-ISSN 2722-2578

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