Multispectral Satellite Image Understanding

From Land Classification to Building and Road Detection

  • Cem ÜnsalanEmail author
  • Kim L. Boyer

Part of the Advances in Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition book series (ACVPR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Sensors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Cem Ünsalan, Kim L. Boyer
      Pages 1-4
  3. Sensors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Cem Ünsalan, Kim L. Boyer
      Pages 7-15
  4. The Multispectral Information

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Cem Ünsalan, Kim L. Boyer
      Pages 19-39
    3. Cem Ünsalan, Kim L. Boyer
      Pages 41-46
  5. Land Use Classification

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Cem Ünsalan, Kim L. Boyer
      Pages 49-64
    3. Cem Ünsalan, Kim L. Boyer
      Pages 65-81
    4. Cem Ünsalan, Kim L. Boyer
      Pages 83-98
    5. Cem Ünsalan, Kim L. Boyer
      Pages 99-120
  6. Extracting Residential Regions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Cem Ünsalan, Kim L. Boyer
      Pages 123-129
    3. Cem Ünsalan, Kim L. Boyer
      Pages 131-136
  7. Building and Road Detection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Cem Ünsalan, Kim L. Boyer
      Pages 139-144
    3. Cem Ünsalan, Kim L. Boyer
      Pages 145-176
  8. Summarizing the Overall System

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Cem Ünsalan, Kim L. Boyer
      Pages 179-182
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 183-185

About this book


Rapid development of remote sensing technology in recent years has greatly increased availability of high-resolution satellite image data.  However, detailed analysis of such large data sets also requires innovative new techniques in image and signal processing.

This important text/reference presents a comprehensive review of image processing methods, for the analysis of land use in residential areas.  Combining a theoretical framework with highly practical applications, making use of both well-known methods and cutting-edge techniques in computer vision, the book describes a system for the effective detection of single houses and streets in very high resolution. 

Topics and features:

  • With a Foreword by Prof. Dr. Peter Reinartz of the German Aerospace Center
  • Provides end-of-chapter summaries and review questions
  • Presents a detailed review on remote sensing satellites
  • Examines the multispectral information that can be obtained from satellite images, with a focus on vegetation and shadow-water indices
  • Investigates methods for land-use classification, introducing precise graph theoretical measures over panchromatic images
  • Addresses the problem of detecting residential regions
  • Describes a house and street network-detection subsystem
  • Concludes with a summary of the key ideas covered in the book

This pioneering work on automated satellite and aerial image-understanding systems will be of great interest to researchers in both remote sensing and computer vision, highlighting the benefit of interdisciplinary collaboration between the two communities.  Urban planners and policy makers will also find considerable value in the proposed system.

Dr. Cem Ünsalan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey.  Dr. Kim Boyer is Professor and Head of the Department of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY, USA.


Building Detection Change Grading Computer Vision Land Use Classification Remote Sensing Road Detection Satellite Images Vegetation Indices

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Electrical and Electronics EngineeringYeditepe UniversityKayisdagiTurkey
  2. 2.Dept. Electrical, Comp. & Systems Eng.Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London Limited 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-0-85729-666-5
  • Online ISBN 978-0-85729-667-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2191-6586
  • Series Online ISSN 2191-6594
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