Spectral Enhancement of Imagery for Small Inland Water Bodies Monitoring: Utilization of UAV-Based Data

Jitka Komarkova 1 * , Ivana Cermakova 1, Pavel Sedlak 1, Jakub Jech 1

J INFORM SYSTEMS ENG, Volume 4, Issue 4, Article No: em0102.


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The article describes a way for identification of land cover types and consequently land cover changes around a small water body, which is based on spectral enhancement of RGB UAV-based data. A middle-class unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – DJI Phantom 3 Pro, was used for data collection. UAV represents a cheap and on-demand available solution for remote data sensing. Its utilization is limited by weather conditions and particular legal regulations must be followed. The article is focused on a monitoring of a small water body and its surrounding by spectral enhancement. Spectral indices, which are calculated only from the visible bands, are used to identify particular land cover types: Color Index of Vegetation Extraction (CIVE), Excess Green (ExG), Excess Red (ExR), Green Leaf Index (GLI), Normalized Green-Red Difference Index (NGRDI), Red-Green-Blue Vegetation Index (RGBVI), Visible Atmospherically Resistant Index (VARI), and ExG – ExR difference. Low pass filtering was used for post-processing and results were simply visualised in a form of classified raster (by natural breaks – Jenks). Even this simple spectral enhancement of imagery supports its visual interpretation. Visible spectral indices highlight particular land cover types, namely green vegetation and water surface but other types of land cover can be distinguished as well.


small water bodies, UAV, spectral enhancement, visible indices, spectral indices




Komarkova, J., Cermakova, I., Sedlak, P., and Jech, J. (2019). Spectral Enhancement of Imagery for Small Inland Water Bodies Monitoring: Utilization of UAV-Based Data. Journal of Information Systems Engineering & Management, 4(4), em0102. https://doi.org/10.29333/jisem/6346

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