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Volume 14, issue 2
Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 14, 131–138, 2007
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-14-131-2007
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Special issue: New developments in scaling, scale and nonlinearity in the...

Nonlin. Processes Geophys., 14, 131–138, 2007
https://doi.org/10.5194/npg-14-131-2007
© Author(s) 2007. This work is licensed under
the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 License.

  22 Mar 2007

22 Mar 2007

Automatic extraction of faults and fractal analysis from remote sensing data

R. Gloaguen1, P. R. Marpu1, and I. Niemeyer2 R. Gloaguen et al.
  • 1Institute for Geology, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, 09599 Freiberg, Germany
  • 2Institute for Mine-Surveying and Geodesy, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, 09599 Freiberg, Germany

Abstract. Object-based classification is a promising technique for image classification. Unlike pixel-based methods, which only use the measured radiometric values, the object-based techniques can also use shape and context information of scene textures. These extra degrees of freedom provided by the objects allow the automatic identification of geological structures. In this article, we present an evaluation of object-based classification in the context of extraction of geological faults. Digital elevation models and radar data of an area near Lake Magadi (Kenya) have been processed. We then determine the statistics of the fault populations. The fractal dimensions of fault dimensions are similar to fractal dimensions directly measured on remote sensing images of the study area using power spectra (PSD) and variograms. These methods allow unbiased statistics of faults and help us to understand the evolution of the fault systems in extensional domains. Furthermore, the direct analysis of image texture is a good indicator of the fault statistics and allows us to classify the intensity and type of deformation. We propose that extensional fault networks can be modeled by iterative function system (IFS).

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