The aim of this paper is to remark possibilities to use WorldView-2 imagery for coastline extraction. Applications are conducted on a Phlegrean area in the Campania Region (Italy): the considered range of coastline is particularly interesting because it shows two typologies of shoreline including reefs interspersed with segments of sandy beach. Two indices are used: Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and Normalized Difference Water Index (NDWI).To enhance geometric resolution of the results pan-sharpening is applied so as to obtain maps with the same pixel dimensions of the panchromatic data. To solve the problem of thresholds determination that typically affects the classification, Maximum Likelihood method based on training sites is adopted to distinguish bare soil and sea water. Best results are given by NDWI and, comparing the resultant coastline with that obtained with visual interpretation of images, shifts of less than 1 m outcome from pan-sharpened data.
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