Evaluation of MK-4 multispectral satellite photography in land cover classification of eastern Ontario
Russian MK-4 multispectral satellite photography has been investigated for potential in land cover classification. Thematic maps were generated using maximum likelihood, neural network and context classifiers. Classifications of the raw spectral data, of spectral transforms, and of combined spectral/textural data were evaluated. Low point-based class accuracies resulted for land cover types exhibiting high spatial variability at the given pixel spacing of 7.5m, while more spatially homogeneous cover types were well classified. Several issues arose which need to be addressed for effective future use of high-resolution satellite sensors in regional land cover mapping. They include the need for further research in techniques for classification and accuracy assessment which are sensitive to the spatial variance of such high resolution imagery, and optimization of class attribute definitions.