IMPACT OF POLARIMETRIC SAR SPECKLE REDUCTION ON CLASSIFICATION OF AGRICULTURE LANDS

Farhadiani, R.; Homayouni, S.; Safari, A.

Presence of speckle in the Polarimetric Synthetic Aperture Radar (PolSAR) images could decrease the performance of information extraction applications such as classification, segmentation, change detection, etc. Hence, an essential pre-processing step named de-speckling is needed to suppress this granular noise-like phenomenon from the PolSAR images. In this paper, a comparison study is conducted between several new PolSAR speckle reduction methods such as POSSC, PNGF, and ANLM. For this comparison, a 4-look L-band AIRSAR NASA/JPL PolSAR dataset that obtained over an agriculture land from Flevoland, Netherlands, was employed. The de-speckling assessment was completed based on some no-reference quantitative indicators. All the de-speckling methods were evaluated in terms of speckle reduction form homogeneous areas, details, and radiometric preservation, and retaining the polarimetric information. Furthermore, the impact of PolSAR de-speckling on classification was evaluated. For this purpose, Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier was used to classify H/A/Alpha decomposition. Experimental results showed that the ANLM method was better to suppress the speckle, followed by the PNGF method. Also, the classification results showed that a proper PolSAR de-speckling could effectively increase the classification accuracy. The improvement of the Overall Accuracy based on de-speckling using the ANLM method was approximately 22% and 13% higher than the POSSC and PNGF methods, respectively.

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Farhadiani, R. / Homayouni, S. / Safari, A.: IMPACT OF POLARIMETRIC SAR SPECKLE REDUCTION ON CLASSIFICATION OF AGRICULTURE LANDS. 2019. Copernicus Publications.

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