Assessment of tree detection methods in multispectral aerial images
Author(s)Pulido, Dagoberto; Salas, Joaquín; Rös, Matthias; Puettmann, Klaus; Karaman, Sertac
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Detecting individual trees and quantifying their biomass is crucial for carbon accounting procedures at the stand, landscape, and national levels. A significant challenge for many organizations is the amount of effort necessary to document carbon storage levels, especially in terms of human labor. To advance towards the goal of efficiently assessing the carbon content of forest, we evaluate methods to detect trees from high-resolution images taken from unoccupied aerial systems (UAS). In the process, we introduce the Digital Elevated Vegetation Model (DEVM), a representation that combines multispectral images, digital surface models, and digital terrain models. We show that the DEVM facilitates the development of refined synthetic data to detect individual trees using deep learning-based approaches. We carried out experiments in two tree fields located in different countries. Simultaneously, we perform comparisons among an array of classical and deep learning-based methods highlighting the precision and reliability of the DEVM.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Pulido, Dagoberto et al. "Assessment of tree detection methods in multispectral aerial images." Remote Sensing 12, 15 (July 2020): 2379 ©2020 Author(s)
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