Remote Sens. 2011, 3(11), 2364-2383; doi:10.3390/rs3112364
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Fusion of High Resolution Aerial Multispectral and LiDAR Data: Land Cover in the Context of Urban Mosquito Habitat

1 Office of Arid Lands Studies, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, Arizona Remote Sensing Center, 1955 E. Sixth Street, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA 2 School of Geography and Development, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
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Received: 29 August 2011; in revised form: 12 October 2011 / Accepted: 19 October 2011 / Published: 7 November 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Remote Sensing in Public Health)
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Abstract: Remotely sensed multi-spectral and -spatial data facilitates the study of mosquito-borne disease vectors and their response to land use and cover composition in the urban environment. In this study we assess the feasibility of integrating remotely sensed multispectral reflectance data and LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging)-derived height information to improve land use and land cover classification. Classification and Regression Tree (CART) analyses were used to compare and contrast the enhancements and accuracy of the multi-sensor urban land cover classifications. Eight urban land-cover classes were developed for the city of Tucson, Arizona, USA. These land cover classes focus on pervious and impervious surfaces and microclimate landscape attributes that impact mosquito habitat such as water ponds, residential structures, irrigated lawns, shrubs and trees, shade, and humidity. Results show that synergistic use of LiDAR, multispectral and the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index data produced the most accurate urban land cover classification with a Kappa value of 0.88. Fusion of multi-sensor data leads to a better land cover product that is suitable for a variety of urban applications such as exploring the relationship between neighborhood composition and adult mosquito abundance data to inform public health issues.
Keywords: LiDAR; multispectral; data fusion; urban; public health; Tucson; Arizona; land cover classification; mosquito; West Nile Virus

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Hartfield, K.A.; Landau, K.I.; Leeuwen, W.J.D. Fusion of High Resolution Aerial Multispectral and LiDAR Data: Land Cover in the Context of Urban Mosquito Habitat. Remote Sens. 2011, 3, 2364-2383.

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Hartfield KA, Landau KI, Leeuwen WJD. Fusion of High Resolution Aerial Multispectral and LiDAR Data: Land Cover in the Context of Urban Mosquito Habitat. Remote Sensing. 2011; 3(11):2364-2383.

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Hartfield, Kyle A.; Landau, Katheryn I.; Leeuwen, Willem J. D. van. 2011. "Fusion of High Resolution Aerial Multispectral and LiDAR Data: Land Cover in the Context of Urban Mosquito Habitat." Remote Sens. 3, no. 11: 2364-2383.

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