18 May 2018 Crop classification from Sentinel-2-derived vegetation indices using ensemble learning
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Abstract
The identification and mapping of crops are important for estimating potential harvest as well as for agricultural field management. Optical remote sensing is one of the most attractive options because it offers vegetation indices and some data have been distributed free of charge. Especially, Sentinel-2A, which is equipped with a multispectral sensor (MSI) with blue, green, red, and near-infrared-1 bands at 10 m; red edge 1 to 3, near-infrared-2, and shortwave infrared 1 and 2 at 20 m; and 3 atmospheric bands (band 1, band 9, and band 10) at 60 m, offer some vegetation indices calculated to assess vegetation status. However, sufficient consideration has not been given to the potential of vegetation indices calculated from MSI data. Thus, 82 published indices were calculated and their importance were evaluated for classifying crop types. The two most common classification algorithms, random forests (RF) and support vector machine (SVM), were applied to conduct cropland classification from MSI data. Additionally, super learning was applied for more improvement, achieving overall accuracies of 90.2% to 92.2%. Of the two algorithms applied (RF and SVM), the accuracy of SVM was superior and 89.3% to 92.0% of overall accuracies were confirmed. Furthermore, stacking contributed to higher overall accuracies (90.2% to 92.2%), and significant differences were confirmed with the results of SVM and RF. Our results showed that vegetation indices had the greatest contributions in identifying specific crop types.
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Rei Sonobe, Yuki Yamaya, Hiroshi Tani, Xiufeng Wang, Nobuyuki Kobayashi, Kan-ichiro Mochizuki, "Crop classification from Sentinel-2-derived vegetation indices using ensemble learning," Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 12(2), 026019 (18 May 2018). https://doi.org/10.1117/1.JRS.12.026019 . Submission: Received: 12 February 2018; Accepted: 7 May 2018
Received: 12 February 2018; Accepted: 7 May 2018; Published: 18 May 2018
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