Segmentation of remote sensing images using similarity-measure-based fusion-MRF model

Tamas Sziranyi, Maha Shadaydeh

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Classifying segments and detecting changes in terrestrial areas are important and time-consuming efforts for remote sensing image analysis tasks, including comparison and retrieval in repositories containing multitemporal remote image samples for the same area in very different quality and details. We propose a multilayer fusion model for adaptive segmentation and change detection of optical remote sensing image series, where trajectory analysis or direct comparison is not applicable. Our method applies unsupervised or partly supervised clustering on a fused-image series by using cross-layer similarity measure, followed by multilayer Markov random field segmentation. The resulted label map is applied for the automatic training of single layers. After the segmentation of each single layer separately, changes are detected between single label maps. The significant benefit of the proposed method has been numerically validated on remotely sensed image series with ground-truth data.

Original languageEnglish
Article number6730687
Pages (from-to)1544-1548
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2014



  • Change detection
  • cluster reward algorithm
  • fusion-Markov random field (MRF)
  • image segmentation
  • remote sensing
  • similarity measure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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