Processing of multitemporal data and change detection

Haigang Sui*, Qiming Zhou, Jianya Gong, Guorui Ma

*Corresponding author for this work

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    Processing of multitemporal images and change detection has been an active research field in remote sensing for decades. Although plenty successful applications have been reported on the monitoring and detecting of environmental change, there are enormous challenges in applying multitemporal imagery to derive timely information on the Earth's environment and human activities. In recent years, great progress has been observed to overcome technological obstacles by the development of new platforms and sensors. The wider availability of large archives of historical images also makes long-term change detection and modelling possible. Such a development stimulates further investigations to develop more advanced image processing methods and new approaches to handling image data in the time dimension. This chapter reviews the current progress in the processing of multitemporal data and change detection. The nature of the environmental change on the Earth's surface is analysed first, followed by a review of the development of remote sensing change detection technology in the following four aspects: image preprocessing for change detection, the classification of change detection methods and approaches, methods of remote sensing change detection, and accuracy assessment in multitemporal image processing. This chapter tries to find the comprehensive solution from multi-source data, integrated processes and intelligent methods with the assistance of prior knowledge. It also points out the challenges that change detection is facing and possible countermeasures, in the hope of deepening the research into change detection technology for remote sensing images.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvances in Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
    Subtitle of host publication2008 ISPRS Congress Book
    Number of pages21
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    Event21st Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, ISPRS 2008 - Beijing, China
    Duration: 3 Jul 200811 Jul 2008

    Publication series

    NameAdvances in Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences: 2008 ISPRS Congress Book


    Conference21st Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, ISPRS 2008

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Computer Networks and Communications
    • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
    • Information Systems
    • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
    • Engineering(all)

    User-Defined Keywords

    • Accuracy assessment
    • Change detection
    • Classification framework
    • Remote sensing


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