Very high resolution remote sensing data of forests, where individual tree crowns are separable, contains structural information on tree size and density. Such information is complementary to the spectral signatures currently used in forestry applications. Advanced machine learning methods, e.g. convolutional neural networks (CNNs), offer an automated and standardized way of retrieving both spectral and structural information from imagery. A key characteristic in CNNs is patch size, which should be large enough to include dominant structural scale, yet as small as possible to avoid unnecessary averaging. Our results show that the patch should be larger than one tree, but increasing it excessively reduces retrieval accuracy. Furthermore, large patch sizes can cause loss of independence between training and validation data, leading to overestimating model performance.
|Name|| IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium proceedings|
|Conference||International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium|
|Period||11/07/2021 → 16/07/2021|