Classification of crops in different European regions based on TerraSAR-X data

D. Bargiel, F. Neuendorf, M. Schlund, U. Sörgel

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The presented study deals with classifications of agricultural land use based on stacks of TerraSAR-X images taken during the vegetation season and the Maximum Likelihood method. The investigations took place in three different regions that are located in the West and North of Germany as well as the Southeast of Poland. The highest producer’s accuracies could be achieved for the classes oil seed rape (81% to 93%), potato (77% to 64% ) and the group of grain crops (87% to 95%). A higher discrepancy of accuracies between the three study areas can be observed for maize (22%, 48%, and 82%) grasslands (39%, 71%, and 89%) and single grain classes e.g. wheat (43%, 65%„ and 70%). Furthermore, strong variations of accuracies were observed for different test fields of the same class. This is probably due to either differences in the farmers’ land management or a variation of local conditions (e.g. hydrology, inclination, soils). The presented results underline the capability of satellite radar for multitemporal classification of agricultural areas.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the European Conference on Synthetic Aperture Radar, EUSAR
Place of Publication 2197-4403
PublisherVDE Verlag
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-3-8007-3607-2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event10th European Conference of Synthetic Aperature Radar - Berlin, Germany
Duration: 2 Jun 20145 Jun 2014
Conference number: 10

Publication series

NameProceedings of the European Conference on Synthetic Aperature Radar
ISSN (Print)2197-4403


Conference10th European Conference of Synthetic Aperature Radar
Abbreviated titleEUSAR 2014


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