Collecting and interpreting information about the environment and the surface of the earth from a distance, primarily by sensing radiation that is naturally emitted or reflected by the earth's surface or from the atmosphere, or by sensing signals transmitted from a device and reflected back to it.

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OpenSource Remote Sensing Tools for Classifying Roofs

with envi image processing and classification tools, you can get roofs from images with some spectral value and then you can convert it some vector data for your app. in python with OpenCV which have ...
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Which Tools do you use for Classification of Remote Sensing Data?

Which tool do you prefer to use for classification of remote sensing data, e.g. classifying land use, and why? Which other tools have you tried, and why did you decide against them?
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Machine Learning Algorithms for Land Classification

I am interested in learning what software exists for land classification using machine learning algorithms (e.g. k-NN, Random Forest, decision trees, etc.) I am aware of the randomForest package in R ...
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Is GPS more accurate on specific hours of the day?

I have heard that the GPS system is more accurate, and less accurate on some specific hours on the day. If this is true, how can I get the information on when GPS is more or less accurate at my ...
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What is Change Detection and how I can perform such analysis with open source tools?

From wikipedia page: Change detection for GIS (geographical information systems) is a process that measures how the attributes of a particular area have changed between two or more time periods. ...
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What are people using LANDSAT data for?

Obviously it's potentially a very powerful tool, but I'm curious as to what practical applications people are using it for? Admittedly, this is a very broad question... The reason I ask is because ...
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What is the best open source software package for Remote Sensing?

Here are many questions with great answers about open source GIS software. I am wondering, what is the best open source software package for Remote Sensing? I would like to learn it and to use in my ...
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Which remote sensing satellite is best used for vegetation extent mapping

I'm currently writing an assignment for my remote sensing class and while I think I have correct answer was wondering what people who do this stuff for a living think. The question is: which satilite ...
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Is there a tool that performs automatic recognition of buildings?

I'm wondering if there is a tool, which takes a satellite map of a region, detects typical buildings and allows the user to review its result (check, whether the tool correctly identified the ...
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Ecological geospatial conundrum

I am looking for a different, more elegant solution to a spatial statistics problem. Raw data consists of an x-y coordinate for each individual tree (i.e. converted to a point .shp file). Although ...
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What is the best/easiest way to obtain temporal Landsat imagery?

It's been awhile since I've dealt with optical imagery. I need to perform a land cover classification at mid-latitudes using several LANDSAT scenes. I've noticed that some online tools are still ...
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Is there a way to automate the preprocessing of LANDSAT data?

I'm currently enrolled in a remotesensing course, using LANDSAT data. Part of my course is about standardizing the scenes based on radiance values. I assume that because this is such a tedious task, ...
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Is there a smartphone app for mobile asset logging?

I'm after a recommendation for a smartphone app (iPhone or Android) to log asset information for litter bins. I need the following features GPS geotagged photos Form with drop down menus for user ...
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Alternative vegetation indices

I have been using NDVIs with limited success to identify trees in the central Great Plains region of the USA. The problem I have been encountering is that reflectance from farm fields/pastures have ...
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free GIS software that can orthorectify?

Would someone care to recommend a free and/or open source GIS application that can orthorectify map images?
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How sensitive is Landsat to atmospheric correction?

How important is it to correct Landsat for atmosphere, haze and convert DN to reflectance? What impact does it have on the results, say for many of the vegetation indices?
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automating roof orientation detection from satellite imagery

A while ago I did a neighbourhood roof orientation survey for solar panel deployment, by visually checking each roof and marking individually whether they were south or almost south-facing. As this ...
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Land Cover Feature Extraction from Satellite Imagery

I'm interested in a low-cost or open source solution for creating land cover GIS layers that utilize both spectral and textural extraction algorithms. I have used PCI Geomatica, ENVI, and Feature ...
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NDVI in urban environment

What considerations should be taken into account when trying to derive a NDVI from an urban environment? I pulled a tree canopy layer from LAR-IAC data and used an NDVI of 0.38. However, this FAQ on ...
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Recommended programming language for remote sensing?

I am beginning studies that hopefully will lead to a long career as a remote sensing specialist. I am currently working with ArcGIS for some applications and learning ENVI for others. I have ...
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Resources for Calculating the Geometry In Oblique Photographs

Currently I am using supervisory classification algorithms to calculate the landuse within a certain image, the issue being the images are sourced from high oblique photography. I know the focal ...
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Aerial LiDAR: What is an acceptable resolution?

I am in the process of initiating a project involving laser scanning. The area to be scanned i s approximately 5000 km². We are initially going to use the data to create a solar potential application, ...
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Looking for a web service for change detection

I'm looking for service that provides me a change detection service based on a database of remotely sensed data. Has anybody happen to know such a service? The service I am looking for is a geoportal ...
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How do you explain that band width and relative spectral response of MODIS band do not match?

To define relative spectral response, I referred to EFFECT OF RELATIVE SPECTRAL RESPONSE ON MULTI-SPECTRAL MEASUREMENTS AND NDVI FROM DIFFERENT REMOTE SENSING SYSTEMS by David James Fleming, 2006. ...
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Most Effective Format to Manage Aerial Photography for Viewing Only

What is the most effective format to manage aerial photography for viewing in ArcGIS? I manage several datasets of Aerial Photography at a few different companies. I have backups of the original ...
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Preferred programming language and software for entire remote sensing workflow?

I have been involved in remote sensing for some years now during studies. I am wondering which combination of software and image processing modules would be most suitable for an entire process chain ...
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What GIS applications use Google Glass?

From techcrunch. I see a lot of press coverage about Google Glass, yet I haven't seen details of GIS apps that use it. What GIS applications use Google Glass?
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Processing Full-waveform Lidar?

Does anyone know of a good software package for processing full-waveform lidar? Also, does anyone know of a good tutorial on processing full-waveform lidar?
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How to fill gaps in SLC-Off Landsat 7 ETM+ Images with QGIS?

Explanation of the problem: On 31 May 2003 the Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper (ETM+) sensor had a failure of the Scan Line Corrector (SLC). Since that time all Landsat ETM+ images have had ...
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What technique is used to acquire client location?

So far I know how to grab the client location to a application or web application by using the users geolocation or GPS location. I remember the possibility of finding the users approximate location ...
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How to decide possible areas for water retention using lidar

I have lidar imagery for a watershed and am trying to process it so that a landowner know if they can hold water on their property or where they can hole the water (this is the more important part). ...
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How to perform enhancement operations on an satellite imagery in QGIS?

I am a new user of QGIS please suggest how to perform image enhancement operations on an satellite imagery like ratioing, contrast stretching, edge engancement, filtering etc. in QGIS?
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How to produce a vegetation stress map utilizing the spectral blue shift of the red edge?

I am interested in mapping vegetation stress utilizing the blue shift to the red edge phenomenon in remote sensing. The figure below shows the expected change in reflectance of green leaves under ...
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How to remove clouds in High resolution Imagery(.5 mGeoeye)

i have imagery with high resolution .5m, large parts covered with clouds,so it's obscure many urban areas. thank you.
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Is it possible to automate the detection of clearcut areas in optical satellite imagery?

Given optical satellite or aerial imagery of a resolution similar to the image below, is it possible to accurately detect clearcut areas? Is their research or documentation that supports a specific ...
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Python resource for remote sensing?

I am looking for a good resource (MOOC, book, etc..) to teach Python for remote sensing applications. I am already familiar with http://www.rsgislib.org/ - are there any other resource out there for ...
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Classifying small structure in water using IR band

I was wondering how to identify small structures (eg. beacons) in a water body. I have worked with RGB images and its almost impossible to classify waterbodies in these images. How does IR band help ...
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Imagery Database/Metadata Store

I'm a Remote Sensing PhD student, and as such I have a large number of satellite images that I'm working with. I'm starting to fail to keep track of them all and I have a lot of metadata that I want ...
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Transform SPOT5 images to natural color images

We're currently using PixelSense to convert raw SPOT5 images to natural color ones for display and printing. Do you know a good algorithm to perform the same task as we want to ingest raw images in an ...
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Best source for high-resolution satellite images free/low-cost?

I am doing a household survey in Kenya, and I need to ensure that my survey team visits every house within a given area. I've been going to google maps and right-clicking on roofs to get coordinates ...
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Land Classification with Spectral Python (SPy) [closed]

Does anyone have experience working with the Spectral Python module for land classification? The following k-means clustering example takes an iterative approach to classification through pixel ...
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Disaggregating aggregate GIS data using remote sensing

I haven't really done much with remote sensing imagery. I have census data for an area, and a TIFF raster image of the area. I'm sure this is possible, is there a simple way to disaggregate the ...
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Moisture Interpretation from Landsat Images

I am working on a "land suitability for crop" project. Can anyone let me know how to get any type of information which can be related to moisture index of soil? I have Landsat 5 data with band 3 and ...
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What satellite imagery would help to show spring locations?

I've got lots of tiny streams on a hydrography shapefile. Historic texts indicate that certain ones have headwaters at "sources" or springs, and I want to try to find these. Browsing the historical ...
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ENVI EX reviews?

Does anyone have a review of ENVI EX? I am wondering how well the Feature Extraction and Image Classification workflows function.
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Open Source Remote Sensing vs eCognition, ERDAS etc Is it worth it?

What, if any, would be the main benefit of using a commercial tool like eCognition (in particular) or ERDAS as opposed to something like Orfeo Toolbox or OpenCV? (Feel free to suggest other open ...
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Atmospheric Corrections for Landsat 8 OLI Using Orfeo Toolbox

I am trying to correct some Landsat 8 OLI imagery using the Orfeo Toolbox Optical Calibration tool via QGIS. I've retrieved data from Aeronet as well as relative spectral response data for the OLI ...
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Difference between Albedo and Surface Reflectance

Can anyone tell me what is the difference between Albedo and surface reflectance? I know for sure that they are not the same. Any links / comments are most welcome. Thanks GBh
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Looking for free DEM and other remote sensing data for Germany

Does anyone know of any sources for free DEM and other remote sensing data in Germany? I don´t think Europe is as open as the USA when it comes to free data!
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Alternatives for ERDAS Imagine

I am having trouble with the ArcGIS 10.1 and ERDAS Imagine 9.2 license conflict. From what I found out it isn't that rare, but interestingly enough why is there such a conflict in the first place? ...