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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing • Open Access

Mapping asphalt pavement aging and condition using multiple endmember spectral mixture analysis in Beijing, China
Author(s): Yifan Pan; Xianfeng Zhang; Jie Tian; Xu Jin; Lun Luo; Ke Yang

Paper Abstract

Asphalt road reflectance spectra change as pavement ages. This provides the possibility for remote sensing to be used to monitor a change in asphalt pavement conditions. However, the relatively narrow geometry of roads and the relatively coarse spatial resolution of remotely sensed imagery result in mixtures between pavement and adjacent landcovers (e.g., vegetation, buildings, and soil), increasing uncertainties in spectral analysis. To overcome this problem, multiple endmember spectral mixture analysis (MESMA) was used to map the asphalt pavement condition using Worldview-2 satellite imagery in this study. Based on extensive field investigation and in situ measurements, aged asphalt pavements were categorized into four stages—preliminarily aged, moderately aged, heavily aged, and distressed. The spectral characteristics in the first three stages were further analyzed, and a MESMA unmixing analysis was conducted to map these three kinds of pavement conditions from the Worldview-2 image. The results showed that the road pavement conditions could be detected well and mapped with an overall accuracy of 81.71% and Kappa coefficient of 0.77. Finally, a quantitative assessment of the pavement conditions for each road segment in this study area was conducted to inform road maintenance management.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 January 2017
PDF: 18 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 11(1) 016003 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.11.016003
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 11, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Yifan Pan, Peking Univ. (China)
Xianfeng Zhang, Peking Univ. (China)
Jie Tian, Clark Univ. (United States)
Xu Jin, Peking Univ. (China)
Lun Luo, China Transport Telecommunications and Information Ctr (China)
Ke Yang, China Transport Telecommunications and Information Center (China)


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