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Mapping spatial patterns with morphological image processing

Author(s):

Peter Vogt
Christine Estreguil
Jacek Kozak
Timothy G. Wade
James D. Wickham

Year:

2006

Publication type:

Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Primary Station(s):

Southern Research Station

Source:

Landscape Ecol., vol. 22: 171-177

Description

We use morphological image processing for classifying spatial patterns at the pixel level on binary land-cover maps. Land-cover pattern is classified as 'perforated,' 'edge,' 'patch,' and 'core' with higher spatial precision and thematic accuracy compared to a previous approach based on image convolution, while retaining the capability to label these features at the pixel level for any scale of observation. The implementation of morphological image processing is explained and then demonstrated, with comparisons to results from image convolution, for a forest map of the Val Grande National Park in North Italy.

Citation

Vogt, Peter; Riitters, Kurt H.; Estreguil, Christine; Kozak, Jacek; Wade, Timothy G.; Wickham, James D. 2006. Mapping spatial patterns with morphological image processing. Landscape Ecol., vol. 22: 171-177

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