River-flow boundary delineation from digital aerial photography and ancillary images using Support Vector Machines Academic Article uri icon


  • Delineation of river-flow boundaries constitutes an important step in various river-related studies, including river hydraulic modeling, flow-width estimations, and river and floodplain habitat mapping and assessment. Increasing the level of automation of delineation of flow boundaries from synoptic remote-sensing images provides great potential, by reducing the labor cost, especially for studies focusing on long river reaches and those examining flow changes over time. This article investigates the boundary delineation of river channel flow from aerial photographs using Support Vector Machine (SVM) and image-derived ancillary data layers. It also includes a quantitative evaluation of delineation accuracy. The findings show that SVM performs satisfactory delineations of the boundaries, and the ancillary data layers generated using edge detectors and spatial domain texture statistics particularly increase delineation accuracy. Moreover, a multiscale evaluation scheme allows for examining the performance of SVM for the whole river reach, as well as that for the subriver sections with varied geomorphic and environmental conditions. 2013 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Gueneralp, I., Filippi, A. M., & Hales, B. U.

citation count

  • 25

complete list of authors

  • Gueneralp, Inci||Filippi, Anthony M||Hales, Billy U

publication date

  • January 2013