Machine Learning

Enhancing Earth Observation Solutions in Agriculture with Machine Learning

Machine learning (ML) and Earth observation (EO) are complementary technologies. While EO helps us understand natural and anthropogenic changes on the Earth, ML empowers us to analyze vast amounts of imagery and build new models for EO data that would have been very difficult if not impossible using traditional physical models a few short years ago.

The promise ML and EO hold for agriculture are immense. EO satellites capture data at a global scale, and ML techniques can use these data to map croplands at local, regional, and continental levels, which provide input for farmers and policymakers alike. In particular, the ability to estimate crop yield or detect pest/disease damage during the growing season will be game-changing in addressing food insecurity problems.

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Accessing and Downloading Training Data on the Radiant MLHub API

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BigEarthNet Benchmark Archive Now Available on Radiant MLHub

BigEarthNet is a new large-scale benchmark geospatial training data consisting of multi-label land cover classes in ten European countries. 

Radiant Earth Foundation, the leader in enabling access to geospatial training data, is pleased to announce the availability of the BigEarthNet large-scale benchmark archive through Radiant MLHub, the world’s first open library dedicated to Earth observation (EO) training data.

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Announcing the Winners of Radiant Earth’s Competition for Crop Detection in Africa

Five Data Scientists emerged as winners of Radiant Earth Foundation’s competition, in partnership with Zindi Africa, to create a machine learning model that classifies farm fields in Kenya by crop type using time series of Sentinel-2 satellite imagery collected during the growing season.

Earth observations provide critical data for agricultural monitoring at scale, and machine learning (ML) techniques are best suited to learn from these data. Yet, building agricultural ML models poses a problem in Africa due to limited training data, as well as add-on hurdles created by the relatively small size of the farms. These difficulties prompted Radiant Earth to design a competition to crowdsource data science skills globally for the best crop detection model.

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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…

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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 …

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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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Olayinka Fadahunsi: Open Data Opportunities and Challenges in Africa

It is our pleasure to introduce Olayinka Fadahunsi, a Data Scientist with Stanbic IBTC Bank in Lagos, Nigeria and focuses on predictive customer models in personal and business banking. A graduate from the University of Lagos with a degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, he also moonlights as a Data Scientist on Zindi, Africa’s first data science competition platform that is focused on solving the continent’s most pressing problems. As one of the top data scientists on Zindi, Mr. Fadahunsi is enthusiastic to use his data science skills to solve real-world challenges …

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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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Microsoft AI for Earth and SpaceNet Training Data Now Available on Radiant MLHub

Radiant Earth Foundation today announced the availability of Microsoft AI for Earth’s Chesapeake Bay Land Cover and SpaceNet’s Roads and Buildings training datasets through Radiant MLHub, an open digital training data repository that debuted earlier this week with “crop type” labels for major crops in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Designed to encourage widespread data collaboration, Radiant MLHub allows anyone to access, store, register and/or share open training datasets for high-quality Earth observations.