Automatic Landslide Inventory Mapping Approach Based on Change Detection Technique With Very-High-Resolution Images

Lv Zhiyong, Tongfei Liu, Robert Yu Wang, Jon Atli Benediktsson, Sudipan Saha

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Landslide inventory mapping (LIM) plays an important role in landslide susceptibility analysis. Many LIM approaches based on change detection techniques have been proposed, but with various drawbacks. For example, existing approaches have limited capability to capture the objects of varying shapes/sizes present in an area impacted by landslide. Many existing approaches are supervised and require parameter tuning. Moreover, some methods are prone to salt-and-pepper noise. To overcome these limitations, in this letter, an algorithm based on automatic adaptive region extension using very-high-resolution remote sensing images is developed. First, a simple yet effective k-means clustering method is used to generate training samples for landslide and nonlandslide classes, which refer to changed and unchanged areas, respectively. Second, an automatic adaptive region extension algorithm is developed and applied to each pixel of the postevent image, and the label of an extended region around a pixel is determined by the nearest distance between the central pixel and the changed or unchanged samples. Finally, the labels of a pixel are recorded because a pixel in different adaptive regions may be reassigned dissimilar labels, and the final label of the pixel is consistent with its maximum assigned label. To verify the performance of the proposed approach, we conducted experiments on two different landslide sites with VHR remote sensing images in Lantau Island, Hong Kong, China. Experimental results clearly demonstrate that the proposed approach has several advantages in improving the performance of LIM with VHR remote sensing images.

Original languageEnglish
JournalIEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

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Other keywords

  • K-means clustering algorithm
  • land-cover change detection (LCCD)
  • landslide inventory mapping (LIM)
  • very-high-spatial-resolution (VHR) images.


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