MorphologicalMultiScaleDecomposition - Morphological Multi Scale Decomposition

Perform a geodesic morphology based image analysis on an input image channel

Detailed description

This application recursively apply geodesic decomposition.

This algorithm is derived from the following publication:

Martino Pesaresi and Jon Alti Benediktsson, Member, IEEE: A new approach for the morphological segmentation of high resolution satellite imagery. IEEE Transactions on geoscience and remote sensing, vol. 39, NO. 2, February 2001, p. 309-320.

It provides a geodesic decomposition of the input image, with the following scheme. Let f_0 denote the input image, \stackrel{\smile}{\mu}_{N}(f) denote the convex membership function, \stackrel{\frown}{\mu}_{N}(f) denote the concave membership function and \psi_{N}(f) denote the leveling function, for a given radius N as defined in the documentation of the GeodesicMorphologyDecompositionImageFilter. Let [N_{1},\ldots, N_{n}] denote a range of increasing radius (or scales). The iterative decomposition is defined as follows:

f_i = \psi_{N_i}(f_{i-1})

\stackrel{\frown}{f}_i = \stackrel{\frown}{\mu}_{N_i}(f_i)

\stackrel{\smile}{f}_i = \stackrel{\smile}{\mu}_{N_i}(f_i)

The \stackrel{\smile}{f}_{i} and \stackrel{\frown}{f}_{i} are membership function for the convex (resp. concave) objects whose size is comprised between N_{i-1} and N_i

Output convex, concave and leveling images with B bands, where n is the number of levels.


This section describes in details the parameters available for this application. Table [1] presents a summary of these parameters and the parameters keys to be used in command-line and programming languages. Application key is MorphologicalMultiScaleDecomposition .

[1]Table: Parameters table for Morphological Multi Scale Decomposition.
Parameter Key Parameter Name Parameter Type
in Input Image Input image
outconvex Output Convex Image Output image
outconcave Output Concave Image Output image
outleveling Output Image Output image
channel Selected Channel Int
ram Available RAM (Mb) Int
structype Structuring Element Type Choices
structype ball Choice Ball
structype cross Choice Cross
radius Initial radius Int
step Radius step. Int
levels Number of levels use for multi scale Int
inxml Load otb application from xml file XML input parameters file
outxml Save otb application to xml file XML output parameters file
  • Input Image: The input image to be classified.
  • Output Convex Image: The output convex image with N bands.
  • Output Concave Image: The output concave concave with N bands.
  • Output Image: The output leveling image with N bands.
  • Selected Channel: The selected channel index for input image.
  • Available RAM (Mb): Available memory for processing (in MB).
  • Structuring Element Type: Choice of the structuring element type. Available choices are:
  • Ball
  • Cross
  • Initial radius: Initial radius of the structuring element (in pixels).
  • Radius step.: Radius step along the profile (in pixels).
  • Number of levels use for multi scale: Number of levels use for multi scale.
  • Load otb application from xml file: Load otb application from xml file.
  • Save otb application to xml file: Save otb application to xml file.


To run this example in command-line, use the following:

otbcli_MorphologicalMultiScaleDecomposition -in ROI_IKO_PAN_LesHalles.tif -structype ball -channel 1 -radius 2 -levels 2 -step 3 -outconvex convex.tif -outconcave concave.tif -outleveling leveling.tif

To run this example from Python, use the following code snippet:


# Import the otb applications package
import otbApplication

# The following line creates an instance of the MorphologicalMultiScaleDecomposition application
MorphologicalMultiScaleDecomposition = otbApplication.Registry.CreateApplication("MorphologicalMultiScaleDecomposition")

# The following lines set all the application parameters:
MorphologicalMultiScaleDecomposition.SetParameterString("in", "ROI_IKO_PAN_LesHalles.tif")


MorphologicalMultiScaleDecomposition.SetParameterInt("channel", 1)

MorphologicalMultiScaleDecomposition.SetParameterInt("radius", 2)

MorphologicalMultiScaleDecomposition.SetParameterInt("levels", 2)

MorphologicalMultiScaleDecomposition.SetParameterInt("step", 3)

MorphologicalMultiScaleDecomposition.SetParameterString("outconvex", "convex.tif")

MorphologicalMultiScaleDecomposition.SetParameterString("outconcave", "concave.tif")

MorphologicalMultiScaleDecomposition.SetParameterString("outleveling", "leveling.tif")

# The following line execute the application


Generation of the multi scale decomposition is not streamable, pay attention to this fact when setting the number of iterating levels.


This application has been written by OTB-Team.

See Also

These additional resources can be useful for further information:

otbGeodesicMorphologyDecompositionImageFilter class