Machine Learning

A Guide for Collecting and Sharing Ground Reference Data for Machine Learning Applications

Machine learning (ML) applications for Earth observation (EO) can use currently available data that are collected via surveys for empirical research to investigate applied sciences or conduct socio-economic analysis. However, the chances of those survey data being incomplete are high. Many ML applications on EO require ground reference data, which are accurate observations of some property on the ground and can be used as a label or description of what a potential overhead image¹ represents.

It is, of course, possible to label images remotely using online platforms like OpenStreetMap…

Machine Learning

Which Data Science Event is Right for You?

As data-driven approaches become more integrated with global development missions like food security, practitioners need to stay up to date with data science methodologies and best practices. Trying to keep up with this rapidly evolving field can feel overwhelming. Luckily, there are numerous capacity-building data science events that provide a great way to stay abreast of new trends and developments.

Data science events are all structured in a similar participant-driven style, but each type has key differences and lends itself to distinct data science skillset and goals. In this article …

Machine Learning

Regional Training Data are Essential for Building Accurate Machine Learning Models

Thinking that having familiarity with Las Vegas in the United States would be enough to navigate the streets of Khartoum, Sudan sounds far-fetched. Yet, many machine learning models use Western-centric training data to predict features from satellite imagery in places as culturally and economically diverse as Bangladesh, Uganda, or Honduras.

Advances in computer vision and machine learning (ML) are improving the ability to accurately extract insights from frequent and high-resolution satellite imagery, shedding light on global development and progress …

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NASA ML4EO Workshop 2020

In January, Radiant Earth Foundation hosted an international expert workshop to discuss how best to use machine learning (ML) techniques on NASA’s Earth Observation (EO) data and address environmental challenges. In particular, generation and usage of training datasets for ML applications using EO were discussed. 

The recordings from the Radiant Earth NASA #ML4EO Workshop lightning talks are now available on our YouTube channel! Thank you again to all our workshop participants. Click the link below to watch the exciting expert presentations. 

This workshop was sponsored by the NASA Earth Science Data Systems program

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Creating the Planet’s Digital Ecosystem

How Radiant MLHub Contributes to Global Action Towards a Sustainable Earth – In The Promise and Peril of a Digital Ecosystem for the Planet, authors Jillian Campbell and David Jensen from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) published an urgent call for action to the world: Create a shared vision that leverages new technologies to manage humanity’s footprints or risk perishing as a consequence of the climate and nature crises. The authors expand on the discussion paperThe Case for a Digital Ecosystem for the Environment: Bringing together data, algorithms, and insights for sustainable development, which was authored through a participatory process led by the UN Science Policy-Business Forum.

Machine Learning

Refocusing Radiant Earth Foundation’s Efforts to Impact Global Development with Machine Learning

Data drives decisions. Whether it’s the number on a scale signaling the need to diet or a satellite image showing the extent of flooding for disaster response, data, imagery, and the resulting analyses they enable guide valuable insights and actions.

Radiant Earth Foundation was founded on the premise that much of the world’s best data and imagery was difficult to find and even more difficult to use because of access issues, making these valuable assets stranded and underutilized.