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Multi-scale vegetation classification using earth observation data of the Sundarban mangrove forest, Bangladesh.

Author(s): Diyan, Mohammad Abdullah Abu

Date: 2011

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Origin: Repositório Institucional da UNL

Subject(s): Landsat TM; NDVI; Object-Based classification; Pixel-Based classification; Quickbird; Scale; Sundarban reserved forest; Thematic details; Vegetation classification


This study investigates the potential of using very high resolution (VHR) QuickBird data to conduct vegetation classification of the Sundarban mangrove forest in Bangladesh and compares the results with Landsat TM data. Previous studies of vegetation classification in Sundarban involved Landsat images using pixel-based methods. In this study, both pixelbased and object-based methods were used and results were compared to suggest the preferred method that may be used in Sundarban. A hybrid object-based classification method was also developed to simplify the computationally demanding object-based classification, and to provide a greater flexibility during the classification process in absence of extensive ground validation data. The relation between NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) and canopy cover was tested in the study area to develop a method to classify canopy cover type using NDVI value. The classification process was also designed with three levels of thematic details to see how different thematic scales affect the analysis results using data of different spatial resolutions. The results show that the classification accuracy using QuickBird data stays higher than that of Landsat TM data. The difference of classification accuracy between QuickBird and Landsat TM remains low when thematic details are low, but becomes progressively pronounced when thematic details are higher. However, at the highest level of thematic details, the classification was not possible to conduct due to a lack of appropriate ground validation data.(...)

Dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science in Geospatial Technologies.

Document Type Master thesis
Language English
Advisor(s) Caetano, Mário; Bação, Fernando; Bañon, Filiberto Pla
Contributor(s) Diyan, Mohammad Abdullah Abu
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