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A Multispectral Data Model for Higher-Order Active Contours and its Application to Tree Crown Extraction

Peter Horvath 1
1 ARIANA - Inverse problems in earth monitoring
CRISAM - Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée , Laboratoire I3S - SIS - Signal, Images et Systèmes
Abstract : Forestry management makes great use of statistics concerning the individual trees making up a forest, but the acquisition of this information is expensive. Image processing can potentially both reduce this cost and improve the statistics. The key problem is the delineation of tree crowns in aerial images. The automatic solution of this problem requires considerable prior information to be built into the image and region models. Our previous work has focused on including shape information in the region model; in this paper we examine the image model. The aerial images involved have three bands. We study the statistics of these bands, and construct both multispectral and single band image models. We combine these with a higher-order active contour model of a `gas of circles' in order to include prior shape information about the region occupied by the tree crowns in the image domain. We compare the results produced by these models on real aerial images and conclude that multiple bands improves the quality of the segmentation. The model has many other potential applications, e.g. to nano-technology, microbiology, physics, and medical imaging.
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Peter Horvath. A Multispectral Data Model for Higher-Order Active Contours and its Application to Tree Crown Extraction. Advanced Concepts for Intelligent Vision Systems, Aug 2007, Delft, Netherlands. ⟨inria-00152357⟩



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