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Remote Sensing Technology and Application  2009, Vol. 24 Issue (3): 284-290    DOI: 10.11873/j.issn.1004-0323.2009.3.284
Review of Road Extraction from Remote Sensing Images
WANG Pei-fa1,WANG Li1,FENG Xue-zhi2,XIAO Peng-feng2
 (1.School of Remote Sensing,Nanjing University of Information Science &|Technology,Nanjing 210044,China;2.Department of Geographical Information Science,Nanjing University,Nanjing 210093,China)
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With the rapid development of remote sensing and information extraction technology,it is possible to automatically update the geographic information.The road is important manmade object and is component of geographic information data.Road information exacted from remotely sensed imagery to update the GIS database has become a hot research spot for many years.This paper summarizes the course of development on road extraction from imagery,and review main methods of road extraction,template matching,knowledge method,Snakes model,dynamic programming,ridge and valley exaction method,morphological method,Hough transform,multi-scale method,method based on segmentation and other techniques for road exaction as well.The characteristics of various methods and insufficient of road extraction from remote sensing imagery were analyzed.Finally,subsequent studies were prospected.

Key words:  Remote sensing image      Road      Extraction methods      Review      Prospects     
Received:  26 September 2008      Published:  20 January 2010
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WANG Pei-fa,WANG Li,FENG Xue-zhi,XIAO Peng-feng. Review of Road Extraction from Remote Sensing Images. Remote Sensing Technology and Application, 2009, 24(3): 284-290.

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