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Creating NDVI based thresholded thematic map from MODIS

In this tutorial, we will use the MODIS based V6 Terra Vegetation Indices 16-Day Global 250m product. This MODIS NDVI and EVI products are computed from atmospherically corrected bi-directional surface reflectances that have been masked for water, clouds, heavy aerosols, and cloud shadows. We will use this product to create NDVI based threshold classified thematic … CONTINUE READING

Predictive Analytics for Identifying Land Cover Change Hotspots in the Mekong Region

Understanding land cover change dynamics and potential pathways of change is of critical importance for sustainable resource management, to promote food security and resilience on a range of spatial scales. Data scarcity is a key concern, however, with the availability of free Earth Observation (EO) data, such challenges can be suitably addressed. In this research, … CONTINUE READING

Transferring datasets between different buckets in Google Cloud Storage

Google Cloud Storage is great because it allows storing large datasets at a minimum cost. Moreover, if you do processing on the cloud, it’s one of the best providers. Datasets are stored in what’s called a bucket. Sometimes, though it becomes necessary to transfer datasets between one bucket to another bucket. The tutorial … CONTINUE READING

Operational Flood Risk Index Mapping for Disaster Risk Reduction using Earth Observations and Cloud Computing Technologies: a Case Study on Myanmar

People, livelihoods, and infrastructure in Myanmar suffer from devastating monsoonal flooding on a frequent basis. Quick and effective management of flood risk relies on planning and preparedness to ensure the availability of supplies, shelters and emergency response personnel. The mandated government agency Department of Disaster Management (DDM) as well as local and international organizations play … CONTINUE READING

Linking Earth Observations for Assessing the Food Security Situation in Vietnam: a Landscape Approach

Land cover change and its impact on food security is a topic that has major implications for development in population-dense Southeast Asia. The main drivers of forest loss include the expansion of agriculture and plantation estates, growth of urban centers,extraction of natural resources, and water infrastructure development. The design and implementation of appropriate land use … CONTINUE READING

Convert the GPS waypoints to Shapefile

In this document, I will convert the GPS way-points (with photo-link, name, latitude, longitude) into shapefile using arcpy and python modules. Find the example gpx file from this link. Use the following example code and modify according to your need. The photos are in the same folder as the gpx file.… CONTINUE READING

Ditch Snappy to use Graph Processor Tool (GPT) to process your Sentinel-1 Data

Last week, I was doing some testing using the Python API interface for sentinel-1 toolbox with Snappy and the SNAP desktop to see the time taken by each of them. The workflow for processing the data is described here. The results were astonishing. Each and every steps were significantly slower, especially the co-registration process … CONTINUE READING

Land cover Mapping in Data Scarce Environments: Challenges and Opportunities. Another paper on Land Cover

Land cover maps are a critical component to make informed policy, development, planning, and resource management decisions. However, technical, capacity and institutional challenges inhibit the creation of consistent and relevant land cover maps for use in developing regions. Many developing regions lack coordinated capacity, infrastructure, and technologies to produce a robust land cover monitoring system … CONTINUE READING

Primitives as building blocks for constructing landcover maps – New paper out on RLCMS and Google Earth Engine

Land cover maps play an integral role in environmental management. However, countries and institutes encounter many challenges with producing timely, efficient, and temporally harmonized updates to their land cover maps. To address these issues we present a modular Regional Land Cover Monitoring System (RLCMS) architecture that is easily customized to create land cover products using … CONTINUE READING

Downloading 12.5 m ALOS PALSAR High-Resolution DEM

NASA’s Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) is the data distribution system facilitated with NASA’s Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs). Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) is one of the DAAC providing various data sources to the public for free. We will use the ASF website (as of 28th October 2019) to download the 12.5 … CONTINUE READING

Changing the size of the rectangle in Google Earth Engine

After the Geo for Good Summit 2019, all my focus has been geared toward integrating Machine Learning Models using Tensorflow with the Satellite data.  One of the issues for exporting the training and testing data especially with a large number of features or huge areas for the neighborhood pixels if you are using the Fully … CONTINUE READING

Connected Pixel Counts in Google Earth Engine

Connected Pixel Count is one of the ways where the concept of the Minimum Mapping Unit (MMU) can be applied. Basically, the connected pixel count gives the image with every pixel containing the information on the number of the connected neighbors including the pixel in context. The neighbors can be 4- or 8-connected neighbors, and … CONTINUE READING

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