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Unsupervised classification techniques for determination of storm region correspondences
Author(s): Jo Ann Parikh; John S. DaPonte; Joseph N. Vitale
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Paper Abstract

The objective of this study is to compare statistical and unsupervised neural network techniques for determination of correspondences between storm system regions extracted from sequences of satellite images. Analysis was applied to the International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP) low resolution D1 database for selected storm systems during the period April 5 - 9, 1989. Cloud top pressure was used to delineate regions of interest and cloud optical thickness combined with spatial location was used to track regions throughout a given time sequence. The ability of the k-nearest neighbor classifier and of self-organizing maps to determine correspondences between storm regions was assessed. The two techniques generally yielded similar associations between regions of interest throughout the time sequence. Differences in final tracking results between the two techniques occurred primarily as a result of differences in the collections of points from a region in a time step t2 that corresponded to a region in an earlier time step t1. The tracking results were also compared to the results obtained at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies using sea level pressure data from the National Meteorological Center (NMC). For the storm systems investigated in this study, the storm tracks exhibited the same general tracking behavior with expected variations between cloud system storm centers and low sea level pressure centers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 March 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3722, Applications and Science of Computational Intelligence II, (22 March 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.342882
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Jo Ann Parikh, Southern Connecticut State Univ. (United States)
John S. DaPonte, Southern Connecticut State Univ. (United States)
Joseph N. Vitale, Southern Connecticut State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3722:
Applications and Science of Computational Intelligence II
Kevin L. Priddy; Paul E. Keller; David B. Fogel; James C. Bezdek, Editor(s)

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