Lookup NU author(s): Dr Wen Xiao,
Dr Rachel Gaulton
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).
Airborne lidar has been widely used for forest characterization to facilitate forest ecological and management studies. With the availability of increasingly higher point density, individual tree delineation (ITD) from airborne lidar point clouds has become a popular yet challenging topic, due to the complexity and diversity of forests. One important step of ITD is segmentation, for which various methodologies have been studied. Among them, a long proven image segmentation method, mean shift, has been applied directly onto 3D points, and has shown promising results. However, there are variations among those who implemented the algorithm in terms of the kernel shape, adaptiveness and weighting. This paper provides a detailed assessment of the mean shift algorithm for the segmentation of airborne lidar data, and the effect of crown top detection upon the validation of segmentation results. The results from three different datasets revealed that a crown-shaped kernel consistently generates better results (up to 7 percent) than other variants, whereas weighting and adaptiveness do not warrant improvements.
Author(s): Xiao W, Zaforemska A, Smigaj M, Wang Y, Gaulton R
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Remote Sensing
Online publication date: 28/05/2019
Acceptance date: 24/05/2019
Date deposited: 06/06/2019
ISSN (print): 2072-4292
ISSN (electronic): 2072-4292
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