Automated detection of lineaments express geological linear features of a tropical region using topographic fabric grain algorithm and the SRTM DEM

Samy Ismail Elmahdy, Mohamed Mostafa Mohamed, Tarig A. Ali

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Abstract

The availability of the large volume of remote sensing data has allowed for the developing of several automated algorithms for detecting linear geological features and more reliable analysis. However, most of the algorithms focus on edge detection and tone change on a satellite image, which represents all geological and non-geological features. In this study, a topographic fabric algorithm, which calculates the slope and aspect at each point in a DEM, is applied for automatically geological linear features mapping in Bau Goldfield, Malaysia using the new version of the Shuttle Radar Topographic Mission (SRTM) DEM. A series of topographic fabric input parameters was tested using different combinations of input values in order to decide the optimal parameters that provided the suitable detection parameters, best fit and the highest accuracy. Comparison with the geological map demonstrated that the tested parameters made the algorithm able to automatically detect geological structures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-95
Number of pages20
JournalGeocarto International
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Bau Goldfield
  • Geological structures
  • Malaysia
  • SRTM
  • remote sensing
  • topographic fabric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Water Science and Technology

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