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A Superresolution Land-Cover Change Detection Method Using Remotely Sensed Images With Different Spatial Resolutions

Li, Xiaodong; Ling, Feng; Foody, Giles M.; Du, Yun


Xiaodong Li

Feng Ling

Professor of Geographical Information

Yun Du


The development of remote sensing has enabled the acquisition of information on land-cover change at different spatial scales. However, a trade-off between spatial and temporal resolutions normally exists. Fine-spatial-resolution images have low temporal resolutions, whereas coarse spatial resolution images have high temporal repetition rates. A novel super-resolution change detection method (SRCD)is proposed to detect land-cover changes at both fine spatial and temporal resolutions with the use of a coarse-resolution image and a fine-resolution land-cover map acquired at different times. SRCD is an iterative method that involves endmember estimation, spectral unmixing, land-cover fraction change detection, and super-resolution land-cover mapping. Both the land-cover change/no-change map and from–to change map at fine spatial resolution can be generated by SRCD. In this study, SRCD was applied to synthetic multispectral image, Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) multispectral image and Landsat-8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) multispectral image. The land-cover from–to change maps are found to have the highest overall accuracy (higher than 85%) in all the three experiments. Most of the changed land-cover patches, which were larger than the coarse-resolution pixel, were correctly detected.


Li, X., Ling, F., Foody, G. M., & Du, Y. (2016). A Superresolution Land-Cover Change Detection Method Using Remotely Sensed Images With Different Spatial Resolutions. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, 54(7), 3822-3841.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 11, 2016
Online Publication Date Mar 4, 2016
Publication Date 2016-07
Deposit Date Apr 30, 2016
Publicly Available Date Apr 30, 2016
Journal IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing
Print ISSN 0196-2892
Electronic ISSN 0196-2892
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 54
Issue 7
Pages 3822-3841
Keywords Land-cover change detection; super-resolution mapping; the mixed pixel problem.
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Issue date: July 2016


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