The accuracy of vegetation stand boundaries derived from image segmentation in a desert environment

Andrès M. Abeyta, Janet Franklin

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Line intercept sampling was used to determine if boundaries between desert scrub vegetation stands corresponded with boundaries between regions in an image derived from a segmentation algorithm applied to Thematic Mapper (TM) data for the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California. An image segmentation algorithm developed by Woodcock and Harward (1992) was applied to images comprising TM bands 3, 4, and 5, from April 1987, principal components images based on April 1987 and June 1990 imagery, and each with texture added. The Global Positioning System (GPS) was used to determine coordinates of both physiographic (land-form) and vegetation boundaries in the field as they intersected line transects. These boundary locations were then registered to the segmented images. Image region boundaries that fell within and tolerances (spatial error bounds) of surveyed boundaries were considered accurate. Image region boundaries should less than 10 percent omission error but about 50 percent commission error when compared with the true locations of vegetation and physiographic boundaries. The use of image principal components and texture in the segmentations did not produce anticipated increases in the correspondence between field-mapped and image-region vegetation boundaries, although there is some suggestion that multidate principal components may be sensitive to vegetation boundaries, and texture to physiographic boundaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-66
Number of pages8
JournalPhotogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computers in Earth Sciences


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