Superpixel Based Sea Ice Segmentation with High-Resolution Optical Images: Analysis and Evaluation

Siyuan Chen, Yijun Yan, Jinchang Ren, Byongjun Hwang, Stephen Marshall, Tariq Durrani

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By grouping pixels with visual coherence, superpixel algorithms provide an alternative representation of regular pixel grid for precise and efficient image segmentation. In this paper, a multi-stage model is used for sea ice segmentation from the high-resolution optical imagery, including the pre-processing to enhance the image contrast and suppress the noise, superpixel generation and classification, and post-processing to refine the segmented results. Four superpixel algorithms are evaluated within the framework, where the high-resolution imagery of the Chukchi sea is used for validation. Quantitative evaluation in terms of the segmentation quality and floe size distribution, and visual comparison for several selected regions of interest are presented. Overall, the model with TS-SLIC yields the best results, with a segmentation accuracy of 98.19% on average and adhering to the ice edges well.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunications, Signal Processing, and Systems
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 10th International Conference on Communications, Signal Processing, and Systems
EditorsQilian Liang, Wei Wang, Xin Liu, Zhenyu Na, Baoju Zhang
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9789811903908
ISBN (Print)9789811903892, 9789811903922
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2022
Event10th International Conference on Communications, Signal Processing, and Systems - Changbaishan, China
Duration: 24 Jul 202125 Jul 2021
Conference number: 10

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Electrical Engineering
Volume878 LNEE
ISSN (Print)1876-1100
ISSN (Electronic)1876-1119


Conference10th International Conference on Communications, Signal Processing, and Systems
Abbreviated titleCSPS 2021

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