Classification of very high resolution SAR images of urban areas using copulas and texture in a hierarchical Markov random field model
Voisin, A ; Krylov, VA ; Moser, G ; et al. ; - ASI Sponsor
Jan - 2013
DOI: 10.1109/LGRS.2012.2193869

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Volume : 10 ; Issue : 1
type: Article Journal

This letter addresses the problem of classifying synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images of urban areas by using a supervised Bayesian classification method via a contextual hierarchical approach. We develop a bivariate copula-based statistical model that combines amplitude SAR data and textural information, which is then plugged into a hierarchical Markov random field model. The contribution of this letter is thus the development of a novel hierarchical classification approach that uses a quad-tree model based on wavelet decomposition and an innovative statistical model. The performance of the developed approach is illustrated on a high-resolution satellite SAR image of urban areas.

keywords : Hierarchical Markov random fields (MRFs) supervised classification synthetic aperture radar (SAR) textural features urban areas wavelets