The urban fringe is the transition zone between urban land use and rural land use. It represents the most active part of the urban expansion process. Change detection using multi-temporal imagery is proven to be an efficient way to monitor land-use/land-cover change caused by urban expansion. In this study, we propose a new multi-temporal classification method for change detection in the urban fringe area. The proposed method extracts and integrates spatio-temporal contextual information into multi-temporal image classification. The spatial information is extracted by object-oriented image segmentation. The temporal information is modelled with temporal trajectory analysis with a two-step calibration. A probabilistic schema that employs a global membership function is then used to integrate the spectral, spatial and temporal information. A trajectory accuracy measurement is proposed to assist the comparison on the performances of the integrated spatio-temporal method and classical pixel- and 'snapshot'-based classification methods. The experiment shows that the proposed method can significantly improve the accuracies of both single scene classification and temporal trajectory analysis.
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- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)