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Urban Footprint Processor – Fully Automated Processing Chain Generating Settlement Masks from Global Data of the TanDEM-X Mission

Esch, Thomas and Marconcini, Mattia and Felbier, Andreas and Roth, Achim and Heldens, Wieke and Huber, Martin and Schwinger, Maximilian and Taubenböck, Hannes and Müller, Andreas and Dech, Stefan (2013) Urban Footprint Processor – Fully Automated Processing Chain Generating Settlement Masks from Global Data of the TanDEM-X Mission. IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, 10 (6), pp. 1617-1621. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. doi: 10.1109/LGRS.2013.2272953. ISSN 1545-598X.

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The German TanDEM-X (TerraSAR-X add-on for Digital Elevation Measurement) mission (TDM) collects two global data sets of very high resolution (VHR) synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images between 2011 and 2013. Such imagery provides a unique information source for the identification of built-up areas in a so far unique spatial detail. This paper presents the novel implementation of a fully-automated processing system for the delineation of human settlements worldwide based on the SAR data acquired in the context of the TDM. The proposed Urban Footprint Processor (UFP) includes three main processing stages dedicated to: i) the extraction of texture information suitable for highlighting regions characterized by highly structured and heterogeneous built-up areas; ii) the generation of a binary settlement layer (built-up, non-built-up) based on an unsupervised classification scheme accounting for both the original backscattering amplitude and the extracted texture; and iii) a final post-editing and mosaicking phase aimed at providing the final Urban Footprint (UF) product for arbitrary geographical regions. Experimental results assess the high potential of the TDM data and the proposed UFP to provide highly accurate geo-data for an improved global mapping of human settlements.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/83318/
Document Type:Article
Title:Urban Footprint Processor – Fully Automated Processing Chain Generating Settlement Masks from Global Data of the TanDEM-X Mission
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Esch, ThomasThomas.Esch (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Marconcini, Mattiamattia.marconcini (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Felbier, Andreasandreas.felbier (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Roth, AchimAchim.Roth (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Heldens, WiekeWieke.Heldens (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Huber, MartinMartin.Huber (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Schwinger, Maximilianmaximilian.schwinger (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Taubenböck, Hanneshannes.taubenboeck (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Müller, Andreasandreas.mueller (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Dech, Stefanstefan.dech (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Journal or Publication Title:IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1109/LGRS.2013.2272953
Page Range:pp. 1617-1621
Publisher:IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Series Name:Special Stream EORSA 2012
Keywords:SAR, TanDEM-X, settlement, global
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Earth Observation
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EO - Earth Observation
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Vorhaben Fernerkundung der Landoberfläche (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:German Remote Sensing Data Center > Land Surface
German Remote Sensing Data Center > Geo Risks and Civil Security
Deposited By: Esch, Dr.rer.nat. Thomas
Deposited On:17 Jul 2013 13:46
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:41

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