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Multi-temporal crop classification with machine learning techniques
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Many approaches for land cover classification rely on the spectral characteristics of the elements on the surface using one single multispectral image. Some land cover elements, as the vegetation and, in particular crops, are changing over seasons and over the growing cycle and may be characterized by their spectral temporal variability. In such cases, the spectral temporal variability can be used to model the crop’s phenology and predict the crop type using both spatial and temporal spectral data. In this paper we aim to exploit the temporal dimension on the crop type classification using multi-temporal multispectral data and machine learning techniques. The high revisiting frequency of Sentinel-2 satellite opens new possibilities on the exploitation of high temporal resolution multispectral data. In this investigation, we evaluated the K-nearest neighbor (KNN), Random Forest (RF) and Decision Tree (DT) methods, for mapping 18 summer crops using Sentinel-2 data. Each method was applied to three different combinations of bands: a) all Sentinel-2 spectral bands (except band 10); b) vegetation indices (NDVI, EVI), Water Indices (NDWI, NDWI2, Moisture Index) and Normalized Image Indices and Brightness and c) the combination of the spectral bands and the indices. The best precisions we achieved were 98,6% with KNN, 98,9% with RF and 98.0% using a DT.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 October 2019
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 11149, Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XXI, 111490P (21 October 2019);
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Nuno Cirne Mira, Academia Militar (Portugal)
Univ. de Lisboa (Portugal)
Joao Catalao, Univ. de Lisboa (Portugal)
Giovanni Nico, Istituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo "Mauro Picone," CNR (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11149:
Remote Sensing for Agriculture, Ecosystems, and Hydrology XXI
Christopher M. U. Neale; Antonino Maltese, Editor(s)

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