Empirical method for topographic correction in aerial photographs

T. Svoray, Y. Carmel

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We suggest an empirical method to correct topographic effects on vegetation classification of panchromatic aerial photographs. The method is based on the use of spatial interpolation technique that constructs a luminance surface from targets of high brightness values. The luminance surface is then used to correct the topographic effects differentially, by increasing brightness values in shaded areas and decreasing brightness values of lightened areas. For this purpose, the use of a trapezoidal function was found successful in the reduction of standard deviation of brightness values of trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants after empirical correction. This method outperformed a frequently used digital elevation model-based topographic correction in terms of overall classification accuracy of the resulting images.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)211-214
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2005


  • Classification error
  • Geostatistics
  • Topographic effect
  • Vegetation mapping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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