Large Scale Crop Classification in Ukraine using Multi-temporal Landsat-8 Images with Missing Data

Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Nataliia Kussul1, Sergii Skakun1, Andrii Shelestov1,2 and Mykola S. Lavreniuk1, (1)Space Research Institute NAS Ukraine and SSA Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine, (2)National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
At present, there are no globally available Earth observation (EO) derived products on crop maps. This issue is being addressed within the Sentinel-2 for Agriculture initiative where a number of test sites (including from JECAM) participate to provide coherent protocols and best practices for various global agriculture systems, and subsequently crop maps from Sentinel-2. One of the problems in dealing with optical images for large territories (more than 10,000 sq. km) is the presence of clouds and shadows that result in having missing values in data sets. In this abstract, a new approach to classification of multi-temporal optical satellite imagery with missing data due to clouds and shadows is proposed.

First, self-organizing Kohonen maps (SOMs) are used to restore missing pixel values in a time series of satellite imagery. SOMs are trained for each spectral band separately using non-missing values. Missing values are restored through a special procedure that substitutes input sample's missing components with neuron's weight coefficients. After missing data restoration, a supervised classification is performed for multi-temporal satellite images. For this, an ensemble of neural networks, in particular multilayer perceptrons (MLPs), is proposed. Ensembling of neural networks is done by the technique of average committee, i.e. to calculate the average class probability over classifiers and select the class with the highest average posterior probability for the given input sample. The proposed approach is applied for large scale crop classification using multi temporal Landsat-8 images for the JECAM test site in Ukraine [1-2]. It is shown that ensemble of MLPs provides better performance than a single neural network in terms of overall classification accuracy and kappa coefficient. The obtained classification map is also validated through estimated crop and forest areas and comparison to official statistics.

1. A.Yu. Shelestov et al., “Geospatial information system for agricultural monitoring,” Cybernetics Syst. Anal., vol. 49, no. 1, pp. 124–132, 2013.

2. J. Gallego et al., “Efficiency Assessment of Different Approaches to Crop Classification Based on Satellite and Ground Observations,” J. Autom. Inform. Scie., vol. 44, no. 5, pp. 67–80, 2012.