Land Use and Cover Classification of Sentinel-1A SAR Imagery: A Case Study of Istanbul

ÜSTÜNER M. , Sanli F. B. , BİLGİN G. , Abdikan S.

25th Signal Processing and Communications Applications Conference (SIU), Antalya, Türkiye, 15 - 18 Mayıs 2017 identifier identifier


In this study, Sentinel-IA SAR imagery for land use/cover classification and its impacts on classification algorithms were addressed. Sentinel-1A imagery has dual polarization (VV and VH) and freely available from ESA. Istanbul was selected as the study region. After the pre-processing steps including the applying the precise orbit file, calibration, multilooking, speckle filtering and terrain correction, the imagery was classified as the following step. Three classification algorithms (SVM, RF and K-NN) were implemented and the impacts of additional bands (VV-VH, VV+VH etc.) were investigated. Results demonstrated that highest classification accuracy of this study was obtained by SVM classification with the original bands (VV and VH) of Sentinel-IA imagery. Moreover, it was concluded that additional bands had different impacts on each classifier within accuracy.