Object-Based Sorted-Histogram Similarity Measurement for Detecting Land Cover Change with VHR Remote Sensing Images

Zhiyong Lv, Xuan Yang, Xiaokang Zhang*, Jon Atli Benediktsson

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Land cover change detection (LCCD) with very high-resolution (VHR) remote sensing images has been widely used in various applications. However, pseudo-changes and noise usually affect the performance of detection map. In this letter, an object-oriented sorted-histogram similarity measurement (OSSM) is proposed for measuring the change magnitude between bioral remote sensing images. First, multi-scale objects are acquired for the post-event image using a multi-scale segmentation algorithm, and then the pixels within each object are considered to construct the pairwise histograms and the bin of each histogram is sorted in descending order. Second, a bin-to-bin (B2B) distance is defined to measure the change magnitude between the pairwise object-based histograms, and the change magnitude image (CMI) is generated after all the bioral images are scanned object by object. Finally, a simple yet effective method called Otsu is used to divide the CMI into binary change detection maps. The experiments on three pairs of VHR images produced promising results compared with five popular LCCD approaches, for example, the improvement is about 2.5% for F-score.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2504405
JournalIEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2022

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Other keywords

  • Land cover change detection (LCCD)
  • multi-scale segmentation
  • object-oriented sorted-histogram similarity measurement (OSSM)
  • very high resolution (VHR) remote sensing images


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