An Efficient Parallel Multi-Scale Segmentation Method for Remote Sensing Imagery
AbstractRemote sensing (RS) image segmentation is an essential step in geographic object-based image analysis (GEOBIA) to ultimately derive “meaningful objects”. While many segmentation methods exist, most of them are not efficient for large data sets. Thus, the goal of this research is to develop an efficient parallel multi-scale segmentation method for RS imagery by combining graph theory and the fractal net evolution approach (FNEA). Specifically, a minimum spanning tree (MST) algorithm in graph theory is proposed to be combined with a minimum heterogeneity rule (MHR) algorithm that is used in FNEA. The MST algorithm is used for the initial segmentation while the MHR algorithm is used for object merging. An efficient implementation of the segmentation strategy is presented using data partition and the “reverse searching-forward processing” chain based on message passing interface (MPI) parallel technology. Segmentation results of the proposed method using images from multiple sensors (airborne, SPECIM AISA EAGLE II, WorldView-2, RADARSAT-2) and different selected landscapes (residential/industrial, residential/agriculture) covering four test sites indicated its efficiency in accuracy and speed. We conclude that the proposed method is applicable and efficient for the segmentation of a variety of RS imagery (airborne optical, satellite optical, SAR, high-spectral), while the accuracy is comparable with that of the FNEA method. View Full-Text
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Gu, H.; Han, Y.; Yang, Y.; Li, H.; Liu, Z.; Soergel, U.; Blaschke, T.; Cui, S. An Efficient Parallel Multi-Scale Segmentation Method for Remote Sensing Imagery. Remote Sens. 2018, 10, 590.
Gu H, Han Y, Yang Y, Li H, Liu Z, Soergel U, Blaschke T, Cui S. An Efficient Parallel Multi-Scale Segmentation Method for Remote Sensing Imagery. Remote Sensing. 2018; 10(4):590.Chicago/Turabian Style
Gu, Haiyan; Han, Yanshun; Yang, Yi; Li, Haitao; Liu, Zhengjun; Soergel, Uwe; Blaschke, Thomas; Cui, Shiyong. 2018. "An Efficient Parallel Multi-Scale Segmentation Method for Remote Sensing Imagery." Remote Sens. 10, no. 4: 590.
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