Impacts of patch size and land-cover heterogeneity on thematic image classification accuracy

Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
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Abstract

Landscape chamcteristics such as small patch size and landcover heterogeneity have been hypothesized to increase the likelihood of mis-classifying pixels during thematic image classification. However, there has been a lack of empirical evidence to support these hypotheses. This study utilizes data gathered as part of the accuracy assessment of the 1992 National Land Cover Data (NLCD) set to identify and quantify the impacts of land-cover heterogeneity and patch size on classification accuracy Logistic regression is employed to assess the impacts of these variables, as well as the impact of land-cover class information. The results reveal that accuracy decreases as landcover heterogeneity increases and as patch size decreases. These landscape variables remain significant factors in explaining classification accuracy even when adjusted for their confounding association with land-cover class information.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Impacts of patch size and land-cover heterogeneity on thematic image classification accuracy
Series title Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing
Volume 68
Issue 1
Year Published 2002
Language English
Publisher ASPRS
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description 6 p.
First page 65
Last page 70
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N