Object-based integrated landscape change analysis: synergy of multi-temporal LiDAR and very high resolution orthophotos

M. Kamps, A.C. Seijmonsbergen, W. Bouten

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Active landslides have three major effects on a landscape: 1. land cover change, 2. topographical change, and 3. above ground biomass change. Data derived from multi-temporal Light Detection and Ranging technology (LiDAR) is used in combination with multi-temporal orthophotos to quantify changes between 2006 and 2012, caused by a landslide near Doren in Austria. Data synergy is used to optimize accuracies of land cover change, and to improve results of topographical change analysis and aboveground
biomass estimations. Topographical change is calculated using differencing of digital terrain models. The above ground biomass is quantified by applying a local-maximum algorithm for tree top detection, in combination with allometric equations. The land cover change classification accuracies were improved from 65% (using only LiDAR) and 76% (using only orthophotos) to 90% (using synergy) for 2006. A similar increase from respectively 64% and 75% to 91% was established for 2012. The results of the improved
land cover classifications were used to optimize the topographical and above ground biomass change calculations. Fine-scale improvements of the classifications included forest edges and shadows, small open spots in the vegetation, and confusion between land cover classes. The enhanced accuracies of the land cover change analysis demonstrate the effectiveness and advantages of using synergy of LiDAR and orthophotos using OBIA. The method has great potential to be transferred to larger areas for use in monitoring, although data size calls for workflows to operate on cloud-based infrastructures that provide sufficient computational power.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of GEOBIA 2016 : Solutions and synergies, 14-16 September 2016, Enschede, Netherlands
EditorsN. Kerle, M. Gerke, S. Lefevre
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherUniversity of Twente, Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC)
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)978-90-365-4201-2
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event6th International Conference on Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis, GEOBIA 2016: Solutions & Synergies - University of Twente Faculty of Geo-Information and Earth Observation (ITC), Enschede, Netherlands
Duration: 14 Sep 201616 Sep 2016
Conference number: 6


Conference6th International Conference on Geographic Object-Based Image Analysis, GEOBIA 2016
Abbreviated titleGEOBIA
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