Canadian Forest Service Publications

Towards automated segmentation of forest inventory polygons on high spatial resolution satellite imagery. 2008. Wulder, M.A.; White, J.C.; Hay, G.J.; Castilla, G. The Forestry Chronicle 84(2): 221-230.

Year: 2008

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 29414

Language: English

Availability: PDF (download)

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High spatial resolution satellite imagery, with pixel sizes of one metre or less, are increasingly available. These data provide an accessible and flexible source of information for forest inventory purposes. In addition, the digital nature of these data provides an opportunity for automated and computer-assisted approaches for forest stand delineation to be considered. Specifically, automation has the potential to realize cost savings by minimizing the time required for manual delineation of forest stands; however, inappropriate automation could result in increased costs due to time-consuming revisions of automated delineations. The aim of this research is to present, through example, investigations of an automated segmentation approach for delineating homogeneous forest stands on high spatial resolution satellite imagery. An evaluation of the suitability of IKONOS 1-m panchromatic data for this application is also presented, along with several key issues that must be considered regarding automated segmentation approaches.