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Automatic detection and delineation of citrus trees from VHR satellite imagery
- Ozdarici-Ok, A.
- International journal of remote sensing 2015 v.36 no.17 pp. 4275-4296
- Citrus, automatic detection, planting, remote sensing, tree crown, trees, vegetation
- In this article, we present a novel approach to detecting and delineating individual citrus trees through very-high resolution (VHR) GeoEye-1 satellite images at two different test sites. The approach is based on vegetation extraction, fast radial symmetry (FRS) transform, and simple object-based hierarchical operations. Our basic assumption is that each citrus tree presents a symmetric feature in the image. Multiple parameter combinations were tested to determine the optimum parameter set. The results calculated with the combination of optimum parameters were then evaluated based on both pixel- and object-based approaches. Promising results (up to 90% accuracy) were obtained for both detection and delineation rates, especially in areas with regular planting patterns and minimum tree crown overlap. The results indicate that object-based evaluation improves the accuracy at certain detection and delineation rates.