I'm using GRASS to perform an unsupervised classification on a time series of LANDSAT images (monthly temporal res, over 30 years), in order to compare land cover change in a particular area.

I'm concerned that if I run i.cluster for each map in the time series the signatures used for the classes may be slightly different for each map, affecting the validity of the comparison. Would this be the case? If so, is there a way to ensure that the class signatures used on each map in the time series are identical throughout?

My initial idea was to run i.cluster on a particular map where all classes are well represented, then use the sigfile generated from this as the input sigfile to i.maxlik for all maps.

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    One way to get a common signature for a collection of related grids is to displace them all to different locations and mosaic those (with some bands of null values between them all): create a signature for that. This works around the potential problem that any one image might not display the full variety of classes. – whuber Nov 22 '12 at 0:19
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    Thanks @whuber. This sounds like a good idea, however, the area I'm looking at consists of 11 LANDSAT tiles mosaicked together. Disolacing these and mosaicking them together will produce a massive file and take a long time. Instead, could I make an image group of all the points in the time series and generate a signature for this? – si_2012 Nov 22 '12 at 9:34
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    Your data set seems to be very large and probably it'll be a hard task to atmospherically correct plus radiometricaly normalise your images. The latter, if successful, might drive in to a significant improvement towards radiometric cross-comparisons. – Nikos Alexandris Jan 5 '13 at 1:55
  • Good advice @Nikos - I'm going to write a script using the R package 'landsat' to carry out PIF identification for relative normalisation of the tiles. I'll update this post when I have a result. – si_2012 Feb 26 '13 at 17:57
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    I am not suggesting that histogram matching (i.histo.match in grass 7) suits your needs, but you might want to have a look at it also. – Nikos Alexandris Feb 26 '13 at 22:21

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