River Detection in Remotely Sensed Imagery Using Gabor Filtering and Path Opening
AbstractDetecting rivers from remotely sensed imagery is an initial yet important step in space-based river studies. This paper proposes an automatic approach to enhance and detect complete river networks. The main contribution of this work is the characterization of rivers according to their Gaussian-like cross-sections and longitudinal continuity. A Gabor filter was first employed to enhance river cross-sections. Rivers are better discerned from the image background after filtering but they can be easily corrupted owing to significant gray variations along river courses. Path opening, a flexible morphological operator, was then used to lengthen the river channel continuity and suppress noise. Rivers were consistently discerned from the image background after these two-step processes. Finally, a global threshold was automatically determined and applied to create binary river masks. River networks of the Yukon Basin and the Greenland Ice Sheet were successfully detected in two Landsat 8 OLI panchromatic images using the proposed method, yielding a high accuracy (~97.79%), a high true positive rate (~94.33%), and a low false positive rate (~1.76%). Furthermore, experimental tests validated the high capability of the proposed method to preserve river network continuity. View Full-Text
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Yang, K.; Li, M.; Liu, Y.; Cheng, L.; Huang, Q.; Chen, Y. River Detection in Remotely Sensed Imagery Using Gabor Filtering and Path Opening. Remote Sens. 2015, 7, 8779-8802.
Yang K, Li M, Liu Y, Cheng L, Huang Q, Chen Y. River Detection in Remotely Sensed Imagery Using Gabor Filtering and Path Opening. Remote Sensing. 2015; 7(7):8779-8802.Chicago/Turabian Style
Yang, Kang; Li, Manchun; Liu, Yongxue; Cheng, Liang; Huang, Qiuhao; Chen, Yangming. 2015. "River Detection in Remotely Sensed Imagery Using Gabor Filtering and Path Opening." Remote Sens. 7, no. 7: 8779-8802.