ISPRS Annals of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
Publications Copernicus
Articles | Volume III-3
06 Jun 2016
 | 06 Jun 2016


Alexandre Hervieu, Arnaud Le Bris, and Clément Mallet

Keywords: multispectral imagery, hyperspectral imagery, urban land cover, regularization, fusion, classification, energy minimization, graphical model

Abstract. An energetical approach is proposed for classification decision fusion in urban areas using multispectral and hyperspectral imagery at distinct spatial resolutions. Hyperspectral data provides a great ability to discriminate land-cover classes while multispectral data, usually at higher spatial resolution, makes possible a more accurate spatial delineation of the classes. Hence, the aim here is to achieve the most accurate classification maps by taking advantage of both data sources at the decision level: spectral properties of the hyperspectral data and the geometrical resolution of multispectral images. More specifically, the proposed method takes into account probability class membership maps in order to improve the classification fusion process. Such probability maps are available using standard classification techniques such as Random Forests or Support Vector Machines. Classification probability maps are integrated into an energy framework where minimization of a given energy leads to better classification maps. The energy is minimized using a graph-cut method called quadratic pseudo-boolean optimization (QPBO) with α-expansion. A first model is proposed that gives satisfactory results in terms of classification results and visual interpretation. This model is compared to a standard Potts models adapted to the considered problem. Finally, the model is enhanced by integrating the spatial contrast observed in the data source of higher spatial resolution (i.e., the multispectral image). Obtained results using the proposed energetical decision fusion process are shown on two urban multispectral/hyperspectral datasets. 2-3% improvement is noticed with respect to a Potts formulation and 3-8% compared to a single hyperspectral-based classification.