Forest Terrain Identification using Semantic Segmentation on UAV Images

Umar, Muhammad and Babu Saheer, Lakshmi and Zarrin, Javad (2021) Forest Terrain Identification using Semantic Segmentation on UAV Images. In: International Conference on Machine Learning 2021, Online.

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Abstract

Beavers' habitat is known to alter the terrain, providing biodiversity in the area, and recently their lifestyle is linked to climatic changes by reducing greenhouse gases levels in the region. To analyse the impact of beavers’ habitat on the region, it is, therefore, necessary to estimate the terrain alterations caused by beaver actions. Furthermore, such terrain analysis can also play an important role in domains like wildlife ecology, deforestation, land-cover estimations, and geological mapping. Deep learning models are known to provide better estimates on automatic feature identification and classification of a terrain. However, such models require significant training data. Pre-existing terrain datasets (both real and synthetic) like CityScapes, PASCAL, UAVID, etc, are mostly concentrated on urban areas and include roads, pathways, buildings, etc. Such datasets, therefore, are unsuitable for forest terrain analysis. This paper contributes, by providing a finely labelled novel dataset of forest imagery around beavers’ habitat, captured from a high-resolution camera on an aerial drone. The dataset consists of 100 such images labelled and classified based on 9 different classes. Furthermore, a baseline is established on this dataset using state-of-the-art semantic segmentation models based on performance metrics including Intersection Over Union (IoU), Overall Accuracy (OA), and F1 score.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Engineering
Depositing User: Lisa Blanshard
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2021 11:38
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 11:35
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/707006

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