I am trying to calculate how much of the electric feeders exist underneath tree covers. I am using NAIP infrared satellite imagery and have a shp file for a feeder circuit. Like so: enter image description here

I need to find out how much of my green lines actually exist underneath the vegetation cover, and do segmentation of the line shape file based on that information. I have looked at deep learning capabilities within ArcGIS.

I am wondering if there is a simpler way of doing this using ArcGIS?

  • I am not particularly familar with the NAIP dataset, but it seems like the images do have an off nadir angle. Therefore the solution might be a bit off of the ground truth. You could convert your lines to points in a reasonable small interval and utilize the 'Extract values to points' tool. Either before that you mask your raster layer to values you think are vegetation or you filter your resulting feature class accordingly. – Carlos Oct 20 '20 at 21:14
  • Are you using the ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap application of the ArcGIS Desktop product? – PolyGeo Oct 20 '20 at 22:35

A simple approach would be to use NAIP imagery to calculate NDVI with the red and NIR (near infrared) bands and set a threshold over which you consider the electrical feeders to fall in a vegetated area. The formula for NDVI is NDVI = (NIR — VIS)/(NIR + VIS) where VIS is the red NAIP band. You can calculate this in ArcGIS using raster math.

However, this doesn't tell you whether the vegetation is tree vs. grass or shrub. Even if you were to successfully identify trees in the imagery using a neural network approach, you wouldn't know whether the feeders are over or under the trees. There would also likely be confusion between trees and shrubs which would also complicated the result. You might consider whether LIDAR data is available to determine vegetation height, which would help with these two concerns.

Once you have identified locations where trees exist (using either simple NDVI or an indicator of height), you'll need to intersect these to identify lines that intersect with the trees. To do this, you can use Raster to Polygon to convert your tree data set from raster to polygon and then Intersect the tree polygons with the feeder network to determine feeders that intersect with trees.

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