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Shadow Detection Method Based on HMRF with Soft Edges for High-Resolution Remote-Sensing Images

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DOI: 10.4236/jsip.2019.104011    84 Downloads   188 Views


Shadow detection is a crucial task in high-resolution remote-sensing image processing. Various shadow detection methods have been explored during the last decades. These methods did improve the detection accuracy but are still not robust enough to get satisfactory results for failing to extract enough information from the original images. To take full advantage of various features of shadows, a new method combining edges information with the spectral and spatial information is proposed in this paper. As known, edge is one of the most important characteristics in the high-resolution remote-sensing images. Unfortunately, in shadow detection, it is a high-risk strategy to determine whether a pixel is the edge or not strictly because intensity values on shadow boundaries are always between those in shadow and non-shadow areas. Therefore, a soft edge description model is developed to describe the degree of each pixel belonging to the edges or not. Sequentially, the soft edge description is incorporating to a fuzzy clustering procedure based on HMRF (Hidden Markov Random Fields), in which more appropriate spatial contextual information can be used. More concretely, it consists of two components: the soft edge description model and an iterative shadow detection algorithm. Experiments on several remote sensing images have shown that the proposed method can obtain more accurate shadow detection results.

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Ge, W. (2019) Shadow Detection Method Based on HMRF with Soft Edges for High-Resolution Remote-Sensing Images. Journal of Signal and Information Processing, 10, 200-210. doi: 10.4236/jsip.2019.104011.

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