Water Requirement for Irrigation of Complicated Agricultural Land by Using Classified Airborne Digital Sensor Images

  • Li ChenEmail author
  • Ta-Wei Chien
  • Chia-Sheng Hsu
  • Chih-Hung Tan
  • Hsiang-Yi Hsu
  • Chang-Huan Kou
Research Article


Land use of irrigated areas nearby the metropolitan is complex. On fields, crop growth may differ with variations in the water demand. Among the image classification methods, combined object-oriented classification is currently preferred over conventional pixel-based classification. Compared with the traditional pixel-based method, which generally exhibits a spot-like salt-and-pepper effect, object-based classification can significantly reduce the salt-and-pepper effect and amount of data required for analysis. To obtain improved spectral recognition, maximum image information is described using color, texture, and shape to enhance image recognition. In this study, image information extraction and crop interpretation were performed using the airborne digital sensor ADS40 to obtain experimental data, and the traditional supervised image and image object classification methods were compared. The results indicate that both the image classification methods could yield an overall accuracy of more than 80%, and the accuracy of object-based classification (88.68%) was higher than that of the other classification. The daily water requirement of crops in the study area, calculated using a high-precision image object classification method, was approximately 2585 m3. The current results may aid in the effective estimation of agricultural irrigation water consumption.


Land use Irrigated area Spectral recognition Object-based classification ADS40 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringChung Hua UniversityHsinchu CityTaiwan, ROC
  2. 2.Taiwan HsinChu Irrigation Association Engineering DivisionZhubei CityTaiwan, ROC
  3. 3.Agricultural Engineering Research CenterTaoyuan CityTaiwan, ROC

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