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Case study: Mapping agricultural uses

by combining satellite and aerial imagery analysis

The Challenge

  • RMH was tasked by EKNA Services, Inc. to identify agricultural uses for an assessment of ditch irrigation systems throughout the state of Hawaii.

  • Several crops are spectrally independent, but positive identification is unclear without considerable ground assessment.


RMH Solution 

  • We ran semi-automated, object based classifications of multispectral satellite imagery from WorldView-2, acquired in 2011.

  • We conducted aerial surveys in 2014 to produce natural color ortho-mosaics at 4cm GSD, then used visual interpretation to identify crops and land use.



  • Final maps of crop types derived from satellite imagery were validated using aerial imagery as virtual groundtruthing

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