A development of the Enhanced Built-up and Bareness Index (EBBI) based on combination of multi-resolution Landsat 8 and Sentinel 2 MSI images

  • Hung Le Trinh Military Technical Academy, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Ha Thu Thi Le Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Vietnam
  • Loc Duc Le Military Technical Academy, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Long Thanh Nguyen The Military Terrain Training Center, Lam Dong, Vietnam
Keywords: Bare land, Built-up land, Multi-resolution images, Remote sensing, Urbanization


Classification of built-up land and bare land on remote sensing images is a very difficult problem due to the complexity of the urban land cover. Several urban indices have been proposed to improve the accuracy in classifying urban land use/land cover from optical satellite imagery. This paper presents an development of the EBBI (Enhanced Built-up and Bareness Index) index based on the combination of Landsat 8 and Sentinel 2 multi-resolution satellite imagery. Near infrared band (band 8a), short wave infrared band (band 11) of Sentinel 2 MSI image and thermal infrared band (band 10) Landsat 8 image were used to calculate EBBI index. The results obtained show that the combination of Landsat 8 and Sentinel 2 satellite images improves the spatial resolution of EBBI index image, thereby improving the accuracy of classification of bare land and built-up land by about 5% compared with the case using only Landsat 8 images.


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