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Spatial statistical techniques for aggregating point objects extracted from high spatial resolution remotely sensed imagery. 2002. Nelson, T.A.; Niemann, K.O.; Wulder, M.A. Journal of Geographical Systems 4(4): 423-433.

Year: 2002

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 21539

Language: English

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DOI: 10.1007/s101090300092

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Using a local maximum filter, individual trees were extracted from a 1 m spatial resolution IKONOS image and represented as points. The spatial pattern of individual trees was determined to represent forest age (a surrogate for forest structure). Point attributes, based on the spatial pattern of trees, were generated via nearest neighbour statistics and used as the basis for aggregating points into forest structure units. The forest structure units allowed for the mapping of a forested area into one of three age categories: young (1–20 years), intermediate (21–120 years), and mature (>120 years). This research indicates a new approach to image processing, where objects generated from the processing of image data (rather than pixels or spectral values) are subjected to spatial statistical analysis to estimate an attribute relating an aspect of forest structure.