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Remote Sensing, Vol. 11, Pages 1444: Newly Built Construction Detection in SAR Images Using Deep Learning (Remote Sensing)
 




Remote sensing data can be utilized to help developing countries monitor the use of land. However, the problem of constant cloud coverage prevents us from taking full advantage of satellite optical images. Therefore, we instead opt to use data from synthetic-aperture radar (SAR), which can capture images of the Earth’s surface regardless of the weather conditions. In this study, we use SAR data to identify newly built constructions. Most studies on change detection tend to detect all of the changes that have a similar temporal change characteristic occurring on two occasions, while we want to identify only the constructions and avoid detecting other changes such as the seasonal change of vegetation. To do so, we study various deep learning network techniques and have decided to propose the fully convolutional network with a skip connection. We train this network with pairs of SAR data acquired on two different occasions from Bangkok and the ground truth, which we manually create from optical images available from Google Earth for all of the SAR pairs. Experiments to assign the most suitable patch size, loss weighting, and epoch number to the network are discussed in this paper. The trained model can be used to generate a binary map that indicates the position of these newly built constructions precisely with the Bangkok dataset, as well as with the Hanoi and Xiamen datasets with acceptable results. The proposed model can even be used with SAR images of the same specific satellite from another orbit direction and still give promising results.


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