Remote sensing images super-resolution with deep convolution networks

  • Qiong RanEmail author
  • Xiaodong Xu
  • Shizhi Zhao
  • Wei Li
  • Qian Du


Remote sensing image data have been widely applied in many applications, such as agriculture, military, and land use. It is difficult to obtain remote sensing images in both high spatial and spectral resolutions due to the limitation of implements in image acquisition and the law of energy conservation. Super-resolution (SR) is a technique to improve the resolution from a low-resolution (LR) to a high-resolution (HR). In this paper, a novel deep convolution network (DCN) SR method (SRDCN) is proposed. Based on hierarchical architectures, the proposed SRDCN learns an end-to-end mapping function to reconstruct an HR image from its LR version; furthermore, extensions of SRDCN based on residual learning and multi scale version are investigated for further improvement,namely Developed SRDCN(DSRDCN) and Extensive SRDCN(ESRDCN). Experimental results using different types of remote sensing data (e.g., multispectral and hyperspectral) demonstrate that the proposed methods outperform the traditional sparse representation based methods.


Remote sensing imagery Super-resolution Convolution neural network 



This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. NSFC-61501017, No. NSFC-61571033, and partly by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities under Grants No. BUCTRC201401, BUCTRC201615, XK1521.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of Information Science and TechnologyBeijing University of Chemical TechnologyBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringMississippi State UniversityMississippi StateUSA

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