Information from polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR) imagery has been used for detecting built-up targets in classification problems, whereas it has been poorly exploited for change detection in multitemporal images. In this letter, we proposed an unsupervised approach for the detection of built-up changed areas from multitemporal full-polSAR images. The approach is based on the automatic thresholding of a novel change index based on the joint use of polarimetric span and average-alpha multitemporal information. The index is proposed for highlighting both constructed and demolished built-up elements. The experimental results on multitemporal UAVSAR images demonstrate that the proposed approach provides high detection accuracy and effectively separates among different types of changes, which is not the case with standard methods.

An Unsupervised Approach to Change Detection in Built-Up Areas by Multitemporal PolSAR Images

Davide Pirrone;Francesca Bovolo
2020

Abstract

Information from polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR) imagery has been used for detecting built-up targets in classification problems, whereas it has been poorly exploited for change detection in multitemporal images. In this letter, we proposed an unsupervised approach for the detection of built-up changed areas from multitemporal full-polSAR images. The approach is based on the automatic thresholding of a novel change index based on the joint use of polarimetric span and average-alpha multitemporal information. The index is proposed for highlighting both constructed and demolished built-up elements. The experimental results on multitemporal UAVSAR images demonstrate that the proposed approach provides high detection accuracy and effectively separates among different types of changes, which is not the case with standard methods.
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