Fusing LiDAR & Hyperspectral to Determine Land Cover

This research looked at the potential benefits of fusing hyperspectral imagery with LiDAR data to better understand urban runoff and planning. The title was misleading to me as I thought structure monitoring was related to structural engineering – go figure. The authors were referring to the “structure” of objects within a scene. The better the structure of an object is understood the better the classification methodology – aha.

The idea is to use the LiDAR to identify the geometry and use the hyperspectral to identify the type of material. Sounds like a powerful combination, but as we know in both cases the promise of the technology is often greater than the ability to deliver. However, it is once again in the fusion of the 2 data streams where 1+1>2.

The technique appears to hold some promise.

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