Impact of Texture Information on Crop Classification with Machine Learning and UAV Images
AbstractUnmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) images that can provide thematic information at much higher spatial and temporal resolutions than satellite images have great potential in crop classification. Due to the ultra-high spatial resolution of UAV images, spatial contextual information such as texture is often used for crop classification. From a data availability viewpoint, it is not always possible to acquire time-series UAV images due to limited accessibility to the study area. Thus, it is necessary to improve classification performance for situations when a single or minimum number of UAV images are available for crop classification. In this study, we investigate the potential of gray-level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM)-based texture information for crop classification with time-series UAV images and machine learning classifiers including random forest and support vector machine. In particular, the impact of combining texture and spectral information on the classification performance is evaluated for cases that use only one UAV image or multi-temporal images as input. A case study of crop classification in Anbandegi of Korea was conducted for the above comparisons. The best classification accuracy was achieved when multi-temporal UAV images which can fully account for the growth cycles of crops were combined with GLCM-based texture features. However, the impact of the utilization of texture information was not significant. In contrast, when one August UAV image was used for crop classification, the utilization of texture information significantly affected the classification performance. Classification using texture features extracted from GLCM with larger kernel size significantly improved classification accuracy, an improvement of 7.72%p in overall accuracy for the support vector machine classifier, compared with classification based solely on spectral information. These results indicate the usefulness of texture information for classification of ultra-high-spatial-resolution UAV images, particularly when acquisition of time-series UAV images is difficult and only one UAV image is used for crop classification. View Full-Text
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Kwak, G.-H.; Park, N.-W. Impact of Texture Information on Crop Classification with Machine Learning and UAV Images. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 643.
Kwak G-H, Park N-W. Impact of Texture Information on Crop Classification with Machine Learning and UAV Images. Applied Sciences. 2019; 9(4):643.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kwak, Geun-Ho; Park, No-Wook. 2019. "Impact of Texture Information on Crop Classification with Machine Learning and UAV Images." Appl. Sci. 9, no. 4: 643.
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