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Journal of Sensors
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 327123, 8 pages
Research Article

Automatic Change Detection Method of Multitemporal Remote Sensing Images Based on 2D-Otsu Algorithm Improved by Firefly Algorithm

1Faculty of Land Resource Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093, China
2Kunming Surveying and Mapping Institute, Kunming 650051, China

Received 30 October 2014; Accepted 3 February 2015

Academic Editor: Xue Cheng Tai

Copyright © 2015 Liang Huang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper presents a new automatic change detection method of multitemporal remote sensing images based on 2D-Otsu algorithm improved by Firefly algorithm. The proposed method is designed to automatically extract the changing area between two temporal remote sensing images. First, two different temporal remote sensing images were acquired through difference value method of remote sensing images; then, the 2D-Otsu threshold segmentation principles are analyzed and the optimal threshold of 2D-Otsu threshold segmentation method is figured out by using the Firefly algorithm, where the difference images are conducted with binary classification to obtain the changing category and the nonchanging category; finally, the proposed method is used to carry out change detection experiments on the two selected areas, where a variety of methods are compared. Experimental results show that the proposed method can effectively and quickly extract the changing area between the two temporal remote sensing images; thus, it is an effective method of change detection for remote sensing images.