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Assessing the impact of spectral resolution on classification of lowland native grassland communities based on field spectroscopy in Tasmania, Australia


Melville, B and Lucieer, A and Aryal, J, Assessing the impact of spectral resolution on classification of lowland native grassland communities based on field spectroscopy in Tasmania, Australia, Remote Sensing, 10, (2) Article 308. ISSN 2072-4292 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.3390/rs10020308


This paper presents a case study for the analysis of endangered lowland native grassland communities in the Tasmanian Midlands region using field spectroscopy and spectral convolution techniques. The aim of the study was to determine whether there was significant improvement in classification accuracy for lowland native grasslands and other vegetation communities based on hyperspectral resolution datasets over multispectral equivalents. A spectral dataset was collected using an ASD Handheld-2 spectroradiometer at Tunbridge Township Lagoon. The study then employed a k-fold cross-validation approach for repeated classification of a full hyperspectral dataset, a reduced hyperspectral dataset, and two convoluted multispectral datasets. Classification was performed on each of the four datasets a total of 30 times, based on two different class configurations. The classes analysed were Themeda triandra grassland, Danthonia/Poa grassland, Wilsonia rotundifolia/Selliera radicans, saltpan, and a simplified C3 vegetation class. The results of the classifications were then tested for statistically significant differences using ANOVA and Tukey’s post-hoc comparisons. The results of the study indicated that hyperspectral resolution provides small but statistically significant increases in classification accuracy for Themeda and Danthonia grasslands. For other classes, differences in classification accuracy for all datasets were not statistically significant. The results obtained here indicate that there is some potential for enhanced detection of major lowland native grassland community types using hyperspectral resolution datasets, and that future analysis should prioritise good performance in these classes over others. This study presents a method for identification of optimal spectral resolution across multiple datasets, and constitutes an important case study for lowland native grassland mapping in Tasmania.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:hyperspectral, multispectral, random forest, grassland
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Geomatic engineering
Research Field:Photogrammetry and remote sensing
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Melville, B (Dr Bethany Cox)
UTAS Author:Lucieer, A (Professor Arko Lucieer)
UTAS Author:Aryal, J (Dr Jagannath Aryal)
ID Code:124565
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2018-02-27
Last Modified:2019-03-14
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