Robustness of rule sets using VHR imagery to detect informal settlements: a case of Mumbai, India

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Robust monitoring approaches for informal settlements using very high-resolution (VHR) satellite imagery can deliver essential information for supporting the formulation of pro-poor policies. Such information can complement census methods or participatory approaches. With the increasing availability of VHR satellite imagery, detection of the informal settlements benefits from the conceptualization of location-specific knowledge in the form of a locally-adapted generic slum ontology (GSO). In this study, we developed the local slum ontology for Mumbai, India, by incorporating local knowledge with image-based proxies. Then, we translated the local ontology into a rule set using Object Based Image Analysis (OBIA) to identify informal settlements by using spectral, spatial, geometric and texture measures. The method was applied to three subsets of a Worldview-2 imagery. The robustness of the initial rule set was analysed with the help of membership functions. The results showed that the normalized difference ratio of near infrared (NIR) and blue band and grey level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM) features are most effective in all three subsets in the identification of informal settlements. The results suggest that the rule sets developed in this study can potentially be applied to other study areas of Worldview-2 imagery for informal settlements identification.
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 pages6
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2016
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 Sept 201616 Sept 2016
Conference number: 6


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