Natural Hazards

, Volume 65, Issue 3, pp 2241–2252 | Cite as

Application of multi-scale remote sensing imagery to detection and hazard analysis

  • C. C. Liu
  • Y. Y. Chen
  • C. W. ChenEmail author
Original Paper


To both collect terrain data rapidly and save labor costs, the present study employs high-spatiotemporal-resolution imaging through Formosat-2 and aerial photography through unmanned aerial vehicles. In daily visits to the same area, images taken by Formosat-2 can be employed as data for long-term observation. Unclouded images from 2006 to 2010 processed with a false-color overlay and calculated of the normalized difference vegetation index are selected as terrain data. Aerial photos taken by unmanned aerial vehicles are utilized ground-truth data. These two types of data are analyzed to proceed with supervised classification. The results reveal that in the study area mangroves are the most exuberant in summer. The growth of mangroves in Sihcao Wetland remained in dynamic equilibrium from 2006 to 2010 without any sharp increase or decrease in quantity. This proposed method is believed to be suitable to investigate and preserve mangroves by long-term image monitoring and to avoid any unnatural influence on these conservation areas.


Normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) Supervised classification Unmanned aerial vehicles 



The authors would like to thank the National Science Council of the Republic of China, Taiwan, for their financial support of this research under Contract Nos. NSC 101-2627-B-006-013, NSC 101-2611-M-006-002, and 100-2628-E-022-002-MY2.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth SciencesNational Cheng Kung UniversityTainanTaiwan
  2. 2.Institute of Maritime Information and TechnologyNational Kaohsiung Marine UniversityKaohsiungTaiwan
  3. 3.Global Earth Observation and Data Analysis CenterNational Cheng Kung UniversityTainanTaiwan

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