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Evolving land cover classification algorithms for multispectral and multitemporal imagery
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Paper Abstract

The Cerro Grande/Los Alamos forest fire devastated over 43,000 acres (17,500 ha) of forested land, and destroyed over 200 structures in the town of Los Alamos and the adjoining Los Alamos National Laboratory. The need to measure the continuing impact of the fire on the local environment has led to the application of a number of remote sensing technologies. During and after the fire, remote-sensing data was acquired from a variety of aircraft- and satellite-based sensors, including Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper (ETM+). We now report on the application of a machine learning technique to the automated classification of land cover using multi-spectral and multi-temporal imagery. We apply a hybrid genetic programming/supervised classification technique to evolve automatic feature extraction algorithms. We use a software package we have developed at Los Alamos National Laboratory, called GENIE, to carry out this evolution. We use multispectral imagery from the Landsat 7 ETM+ instrument from before, during, and after the wildfire. Using an existing land cover classification based on a 1992 Landsat 5 TM scene for our training data, we evolve algorithms that distinguish a range of land cover categories, and an algorithm to mask out clouds and cloud shadows. We report preliminary results of combining individual classification results using a K-means clustering approach. The details of our evolved classification are compared to the manually produced land-cover classification.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 January 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4480, Imaging Spectrometry VII, (17 January 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.453331
Show Author Affiliations
Steven P. Brumby, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
James P. Theiler, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Jeffrey J. Bloch, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Neal R. Harvey, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Simon J. Perkins, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
John J. Szymanski, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)
Aaron Cody Young, Los Alamos National Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4480:
Imaging Spectrometry VII
Michael R. Descour; Sylvia S. Shen, Editor(s)

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