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Automated Classification of Terrestrial Images: The Contribution to the Remote Sensing of Snow Cover

Salzano, Roberto
Salvatori, Rosamaria
Valt, Mauro
Ioppi, Luca
Published in Geosciences. 2019, vol. 9, no. 2, p. 97
Abstract The relation between the fraction of snow cover and the spectral behavior of the surface is a critical issue that must be approached in order to retrieve the snow cover extent from remotely sensed data. Ground-based cameras are an important source of datasets for the preparation of long time series concerning the snow cover. This study investigates the support provided by terrestrial photography for the estimation of a site-specific threshold to discriminate the snow cover. The case study is located in the Italian Alps (Falcade, Italy). The images taken over a ten-year period were analyzed using an automated snow-not-snow detection algorithm based on Spectral Similarity. The performance of the Spectral Similarity approach was initially investigated comparing the results with different supervised methods on a training dataset, and subsequently through automated procedures on the entire dataset. Finally, the integration with satellite snow products explored the opportunity offered by terrestrial photography for calibrating and validating satellite-based data over a decade.
Keywords Fractional snow coverRemote sensingTerrestrial photographyCold regions
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SALZANO, Roberto et al. Automated Classification of Terrestrial Images: The Contribution to the Remote Sensing of Snow Cover. In: Geosciences, 2019, vol. 9, n° 2, p. 97. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:114508

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