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Journal of Applied Remote Sensing

Enhanced detection of burned area using cross- and autocorrelation
Author(s): Tauqir Ahmed Moughal; Fusheng Yu; Abeer Mazher; Shihu Liu; Abdul Razzaq
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Paper Abstract

New and effective methods for burned area detection from remote sensing data are required by diverse applications. Burned area detection from a large heterogeneous landscape is a challenging task because of the low-interclass dissimilarity of burned and unburned pixels. Burned and unburned pixels may reflect similar spectral signatures but retain distinct temporal and spatial dependence in its vicinity. This change in temporal and spatial domains can be used to supplement spectral information. The existing methods use only spectral information of the images for detecting burned area and ignore the local temporal and spatial associations. We propose a new method to improve burned area detection accuracy by combining spectral information with local temporal and spatial associations. A method for simultaneous incorporation of these associations by means of cross- and autocorrelation is put forward and tested here under the logistic regression framework. The proposed method was assessed over two different study areas and showed significant increment of 5% to 9% in Kappa accuracy. We demonstrated that the use of cross- and autocorrelation leads to substantial increase in burned area detection accuracy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 August 2015
PDF: 12 pages
J. Appl. Remote Sens. 9(1) 096018 doi: 10.1117/1.JRS.9.096018
Published in: Journal of Applied Remote Sensing Volume 9, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Tauqir Ahmed Moughal, Beijing Normal Univ. (China)
Fusheng Yu, Beijing Normal Univ. (China)
Abeer Mazher, Peking Univ. (China)
Shihu Liu, Yunnan Minzu Univ. (China)
Abdul Razzaq, Beijing Normal Univ. (China)


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