High-resolution triplet network with dynamic multiscale feature for change detection on satellite images

Xuan Hou, Yunpeng Bai, Ying Li*, Changjing Shang, Qiang Shen

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Change detection in remote sensing images aims to accurately determine any significant land surface changes based on acquired multi-temporal image data, being a pivotal task of remote sensing image processing. Over the past few years, owing to its powerful learning and expression ability, deep learning has been widely applied in the general field of image processing and has demonstrated remarkable potentials in performing change detection in images. However, a majority of the existing deep learning-based change detection mechanisms are modified from single-image semantic segmentation algorithms, without considering the temporal information contained within the images, thereby not always appropriate for real-world change detection. This paper proposes a High-Resolution Triplet Network (HRTNet) framework, including a dynamic inception module, to tackle such shortcomings in change detection. First, a novel triplet input network is introduced, which is capable of learning bi-temporal image features, extracting the temporal information reflecting the difference between images over time. Then, a network is employed to extract high-resolution image features, ensuring the learned features preserving high-resolution characteristics with minimal reduction of information. The paper also proposes a novel dynamic inception module, which helps improve the feature expression ability of HRTNet, enriching the multi-scale information of the features extracted. Finally, the distances between feature pairs are measured to generate a high-precision change map. The effectiveness and robustness of HRTNet are verified on three popular high-resolution remote sensing image datasets. Systematic experimental results show that the proposed approach outperforms state-of-the-art change detection methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-115
Number of pages13
JournalISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Early online date16 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jul 2021


  • Change detection
  • Dynamic convolution
  • High-resolution images
  • Remote sensing
  • Triplet network


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