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Sample records for time-series satellite images

  1. Satellite image time series simulation for environmental monitoring

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    Guo, Tao

    2014-11-01

    The performance of environmental monitoring heavily depends on the availability of consecutive observation data and it turns out an increasing demand in remote sensing community for satellite image data in the sufficient resolution with respect to both spatial and temporal requirements, which appear to be conflictive and hard to tune tradeoffs. Multiple constellations could be a solution if without concerning cost, and thus it is so far interesting but very challenging to develop a method which can simultaneously improve both spatial and temporal details. There are some research efforts to deal with the problem from various aspects, a type of approaches is to enhance the spatial resolution using techniques of super resolution, pan-sharpen etc. which can produce good visual effects, but mostly cannot preserve spectral signatures and result in losing analytical value. Another type is to fill temporal frequency gaps by adopting time interpolation, which actually doesn't increase informative context at all. In this paper we presented a novel method to generate satellite images in higher spatial and temporal details, which further enables satellite image time series simulation. Our method starts with a pair of high-low resolution data set, and then a spatial registration is done by introducing LDA model to map high and low resolution pixels correspondingly. Afterwards, temporal change information is captured through a comparison of low resolution time series data, and the temporal change is then projected onto high resolution data plane and assigned to each high resolution pixel referring the predefined temporal change patterns of each type of ground objects to generate a simulated high resolution data. A preliminary experiment shows that our method can simulate a high resolution data with a good accuracy. We consider the contribution of our method is to enable timely monitoring of temporal changes through analysis of low resolution images time series only, and usage of costly high resolution data can be reduced as much as possible, and it presents an efficient solution with great cost performance to build up an economically operational monitoring service for environment, agriculture, forest, land use investigation, and other applications.

  2. Spatio-Temporal Mining of PolSAR Satellite Image Time Series

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    Julea, A.; Meger, N.; Trouve, E.; Bolon, Ph.; Rigotti, C.; Fallourd, R.; Nicolas, J.-M.; Vasile, G.; Gay, M.; Harant, O.; Ferro-Famil, L.

    2010-12-01

    This paper presents an original data mining approach for describing Satellite Image Time Series (SITS) spatially and temporally. It relies on pixel-based evolution and sub-evolution extraction. These evolutions, namely the frequent grouped sequential patterns, are required to cover a minimum surface and to affect pixels that are sufficiently connected. These spatial constraints are actively used to face large data volumes and to select evolutions making sense for end-users. In this paper, a specific application to fully polarimetric SAR image time series is presented. Preliminary experiments performed on a RADARSAT-2 SITS covering the Chamonix Mont-Blanc test-site are used to illustrate the proposed approach.

  3. Towards Time-Series Processing of Vhr Satellite Images for Surface Deformation Detecton and Measurements

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    Stumpf, A.; Delacourt, C.; Malet, J. P.

    2015-08-01

    The increasing fleet of VHR optical satellites (e.g. Pléiades, Spot 6/7, WorldView-3) offers new opportunities for the monitoring of surface deformation resulting from gravitational (e.g. glaciers, landslides) or tectonic forces (coseismic slip). Image correlation techniques have been developed and successfully employed in many geoscientific studies to quantify horizontal surface deformation at sub-pixel precision. The analysis of time-series, however, has received less attention in this context and there is still a lack of techniques that fully exploit archived image time-series and the increasing flux of incoming data. This study targets the development of an image correlation processing chain that relies on multiple pair-wise matching to exploit the redundancy of deformation measurements recorded at different view angles and over multiple time steps. The proposed processing chain is based on a hierarchical image correlation scheme that readily uses parallel processing. Since pair-wise matching can be performed independently the distribution of individual tasks is straightforward and yields to significant reductions of the overall runtime scaling with the available HPC infrastructure. We find that it is more convenient to implement experimental analytical tasks in a high-level programming language (i.e. R) and explore the use of parallel programming to compensate for performance bottlenecks of the interpreted language. Preliminary comparisons against maps from domain expert suggest that the proposed methodology is suitable to eliminate false detections and, thereby, enhances the reliability of correlation-based detections of surface deformation.

  4. Evaluating nitrogen removal by vegetation uptake using satellite image time series in riparian catchments.

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    Wang, Xuelei; Wang, Qiao; Yang, Shengtian; Zheng, Donghai; Wu, Chuanqing; Mannaerts, C M

    2011-06-01

    Nitrogen (N) removal by vegetation uptake is one of the most important functions of riparian buffer zones in preventing non-point source pollution (NSP), and many studies about N uptake at the river reach scale have proven the effectiveness of plants in controlling nutrient pollution. However, at the watershed level, the riparian zones form dendritic networks and, as such, may be the predominant spatially structured feature in catchments and landscapes. Thus, assessing the functions of riparian system at the basin scale is important. In this study, a new method coupling remote sensing and ecological models was used to assess the N removal by riparian vegetation on a large spatial scale. The study site is located around the Guanting reservoir in Beijing, China, which was abandoned as the source water system for Beijing due to serious NSP in 1997. SPOT 5 data was used to map the land cover, and Landsat-5 TM time series images were used to retrieve land surface parameters. A modified forest nutrient cycling and biomass model (ForNBM) was used to simulate N removal, and the modified net primary productivity (NPP) module was driven by remote sensing image time series. Besides the remote sensing data, the necessary database included meteorological data, soil chemical and physical data and plant nutrient data. Pot and plot experiments were used to calibrate and validate the simulations. Our study has proven that, by coupling remote sensing data and parameters retrieval techniques to plant growth process models, catchment scale estimations of nitrogen uptake rates can be improved by spatial pixel-based modelling. PMID:21496878

  5. Flood hazard and flood risk assessment using a time series of satellite images: a case study in Namibia.

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    Skakun, Sergii; Kussul, Nataliia; Shelestov, Andrii; Kussul, Olga

    2014-08-01

    In this article, the use of time series of satellite imagery to flood hazard mapping and flood risk assessment is presented. Flooded areas are extracted from satellite images for the flood-prone territory, and a maximum flood extent image for each flood event is produced. These maps are further fused to determine relative frequency of inundation (RFI). The study shows that RFI values and relative water depth exhibit the same probabilistic distribution, which is confirmed by Kolmogorov-Smirnov test. The produced RFI map can be used as a flood hazard map, especially in cases when flood modeling is complicated by lack of available data and high uncertainties. The derived RFI map is further used for flood risk assessment. Efficiency of the presented approach is demonstrated for the Katima Mulilo region (Namibia). A time series of Landsat-5/7 satellite images acquired from 1989 to 2012 is processed to derive RFI map using the presented approach. The following direct damage categories are considered in the study for flood risk assessment: dwelling units, roads, health facilities, and schools. The produced flood risk map shows that the risk is distributed uniformly all over the region. The cities and villages with the highest risk are identified. The proposed approach has minimum data requirements, and RFI maps can be generated rapidly to assist rescuers and decisionmakers in case of emergencies. On the other hand, limitations include: strong dependence on the available data sets, and limitations in simulations with extrapolated water depth values. PMID:24372226

  6. Mapping Impervious Surface Expansion using Medium-resolution Satellite Image Time Series: A Case Study in the Yangtze River Delta, China

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    Gao, Feng; DeColstoun, Eric Brown; Ma, Ronghua; Weng, Qihao; Masek, Jeffrey G.; Chen, Jin; Pan, Yaozhong; Song, Conghe

    2012-01-01

    Cities have been expanding rapidly worldwide, especially over the past few decades. Mapping the dynamic expansion of impervious surface in both space and time is essential for an improved understanding of the urbanization process, land-cover and land-use change, and their impacts on the environment. Landsat and other medium-resolution satellites provide the necessary spatial details and temporal frequency for mapping impervious surface expansion over the past four decades. Since the US Geological Survey opened the historical record of the Landsat image archive for free access in 2008, the decades-old bottleneck of data limitation has gone. Remote-sensing scientists are now rich with data, and the challenge is how to make best use of this precious resource. In this article, we develop an efficient algorithm to map the continuous expansion of impervious surface using a time series of four decades of medium-resolution satellite images. The algorithm is based on a supervised classification of the time-series image stack using a decision tree. Each imerpervious class represents urbanization starting in a different image. The algorithm also allows us to remove inconsistent training samples because impervious expansion is not reversible during the study period. The objective is to extract a time series of complete and consistent impervious surface maps from a corresponding times series of images collected from multiple sensors, and with a minimal amount of image preprocessing effort. The approach was tested in the lower Yangtze River Delta region, one of the fastest urban growth areas in China. Results from nearly four decades of medium-resolution satellite data from the Landsat Multispectral Scanner (MSS), Thematic Mapper (TM), Enhanced Thematic Mapper plus (ETM+) and China-Brazil Earth Resources Satellite (CBERS) show a consistent urbanization process that is consistent with economic development plans and policies. The time-series impervious spatial extent maps derived from this study agree well with an existing urban extent polygon data set that was previously developed independently. The overall mapping accuracy was estimated at about 92.5% with 3% commission error and 12% omission error for the impervious type from all images regardless of image quality and initial spatial resolution.

  7. Results of analysis of human impact on environment using the time series of vegetation satellite images around large industrial centers

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    Shevyrnogov, A.; Vysotskaya, G.; Sukhinin, A.; Frolikova, O.; Tchernetsky, M.

    The paper shows the efficiency of an application of the vegetation index image time series to determine long-term vegetation dynamics. The influence of large industrial centers of Siberia on the near-by vegetation is demonstrated. The analysis of the data shows that the influence of industrial waste is stronger in the Siberian North. These regions are characterized by critical conditions for vegetation existence. In the south of the Krasnoyarsk region, human impact is also important, but the possibility of vegetation self-rehabilitation is higher. The present-day economic situation in Russia is unique, with a temporary abrupt fall of industrial production and its following increase. Thus, we managed to analyze the degree of human impact on the environment within a relatively short-time interval.

  8. IDP camp evolvement analysis in Darfur using VHSR optical satellite image time series and scientific visualization on virtual globes

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    Tiede, Dirk; Lang, Stefan

    2009-09-01

    In this paper we focus on the application of transferable, object-based image analysis algorithms for dwelling extraction in a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Darfur, Sudan along with innovative means for scientific visualisation of the results. Three very high spatial resolution satellite images (QuickBird: 2002, 2004, 2008) were used for: (1) extracting different types of dwellings and (2) calculating and visualizing added-value products such as dwelling density and camp structure. The results were visualized on virtual globes (Google Earth and ArcGIS Explorer) revealing the analysis results (analytical 3D views,) transformed into the third dimension (z-value). Data formats depend on virtual globe software including KML/KMZ (keyhole mark-up language) and ESRI 3D shapefiles streamed as ArcGIS Server-based globe service. In addition, means for improving overall performance of automated dwelling structures using grid computing techniques are discussed using examples from a similar study.

  9. IDP camp evolvement analysis in Darfur using VHSR optical satellite image time series and scientific visualization on virtual globes

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    Tiede, Dirk; Lang, Stefan

    2010-11-01

    In this paper we focus on the application of transferable, object-based image analysis algorithms for dwelling extraction in a camp for internally displaced people (IDP) in Darfur, Sudan along with innovative means for scientific visualisation of the results. Three very high spatial resolution satellite images (QuickBird: 2002, 2004, 2008) were used for: (1) extracting different types of dwellings and (2) calculating and visualizing added-value products such as dwelling density and camp structure. The results were visualized on virtual globes (Google Earth and ArcGIS Explorer) revealing the analysis results (analytical 3D views,) transformed into the third dimension (z-value). Data formats depend on virtual globe software including KML/KMZ (keyhole mark-up language) and ESRI 3D shapefiles streamed as ArcGIS Server-based globe service. In addition, means for improving overall performance of automated dwelling structures using grid computing techniques are discussed using examples from a similar study.

  10. Continuous evaluation of land cover restoration of tsunami struck plains in Japan by using several kinds of optical satellite image in time series

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    Hashiba, H.

    2015-09-01

    The Mw 9.0 earthquake that struck Japan in 2011 was followed by a large-scale tsunami in the Tohoku region. The damage in the coastal plane was extensively displayed through many satellite images. Furthermore, satellite imaging is requested for the ongoing evaluation of the restoration process. The reconstruction of the urban structure, farmlands, grassland, and coastal forest that collapsed under the large tsunami requires effective long-term monitoring. Moreover, the post-tsunami land cover dynamics can be effectively modeled using time-constrained satellite data to establish a prognosis method for the mitigation of future tsunami impact. However, the remote satellite capture of a long-term restoration process is compromised by accumulating spatial resolution effects and seasonal influences. Therefore, it is necessary to devise a method for data selection and dataset structure. In the present study, the restoration processes were investigated in four years following the disaster in a part of the Sendai plain, northeast Japan, from same-season satellite images acquired by different optical sensors. Coastal plains struck by the tsunami are evaluated through land-cover classification processing using the clustering method. The changes in land cover are analyzed from time-series optical images acquired by Landsat-5/TM, 7/ETM+, 8/OLI, EO-1/ALI, and ALOS-1/AVNIR-2. The study reveals several characteristics of the change in the inundation area and signs of artificial and natural restoration.

  11. Monitoring vegetation change and dynamics on U.S. Army training lands using satellite image time series analysis.

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    Hutchinson, J M S; Jacquin, A; Hutchinson, S L; Verbesselt, J

    2015-03-01

    Given the significant land holdings of the U.S. Department of Defense, and the importance of those lands to support a variety of inherently damaging activities, application of sound natural resource conservation principles and proactive monitoring practices are necessary to manage military training lands in a sustainable manner. This study explores a method for, and the utility of, analyzing vegetation condition and trends as sustainability indicators for use by military commanders and land managers, at both the national and local levels, in identifying when and where vegetation-related environmental impacts might exist. The BFAST time series decomposition method was applied to a ten-year MODIS NDVI time series dataset for the Fort Riley military installation and Konza Prairie Biological Station (KPBS) in northeastern Kansas. Imagery selected for time-series analysis were 16-day MODIS NDVI (MOD13Q1 Collection 5) composites capable of characterizing vegetation change induced by human activities and climate variability. Three indicators related to gradual interannual or abrupt intraannual vegetation change for each pixel were calculated from the trend component resulting from the BFAST decomposition. Assessment of gradual interannual NDVI trends showed the majority of Fort Riley experienced browning between 2001 and 2010. This result is supported by validation using high spatial resolution imagery. The observed versus expected frequency of linear trends detected at Fort Riley and KPBS were significantly different and suggest a causal link between military training activities and/or land management practices. While both sites were similar with regards to overall disturbance frequency and the relative spatial extents of monotonic or interrupted trends, vegetation trajectories after disturbance were significantly different. This suggests that the type and magnitude of disturbances characteristic of each location result in distinct post-disturbance vegetation responses. Using a remotely-sensed vegetation index time series with BFAST and the indicators outlined here provides a consistent and relatively rapid assessment of military training lands with applicability outside of grassland biomes. Characterizing overall trends and disturbance responses of vegetation can promote sustainable use of military lands and assist land managers in targeting specific areas for various rehabilitation activities. PMID:25441663

  12. Monitoring agricultural crop growth: comparison of high spatial-temporal satellite imagery versus UAV-based imaging spectrometer time series measurements

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    Mucher, Sander; Roerink, Gerbert; Franke, Jappe; Suomalainen, Juha; Kooistra, Lammert

    2014-05-01

    In 2012, the Dutch National Satellite Data Portal (NSD) was launched as a preparation to the launch of the European SENTINEL satellites in the framework of the Copernicus Programme. At the same time the Unmanned Aerial Remote Sensing Facility (UARSF: www.wageningenUR.nl/uarsf) has been established as research facility at Wageningen University and Research Centre. The NSD became available for the development of services and advice through an investment from the Dutch government in collaboration with the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) in order to develop new services for precision agriculture. The NSD contains Formosat, Radarsat as well as DMC satellite imagery. The processing of the DMC imagery resulted in the Greenmonitor service (www.groenmonitor.nl). The Greenmonitor is an unique product that covers the Netherlands with a high spatial and temporal resolution. The Greenmonitor is now being exploited for various applications, amongst others crop identification, crop phenology, and identification of management activities. The UARSF of Wageningen UR has three objectives: 1) to develop innovation in the field of remote sensing science using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) by providing a platform for dedicated and high-quality experiments; 2) to support high quality UAV services by providing calibration facilities and disseminating processing procedures to the UAV user community; 3) to promote and test the use of UAV in a broad range of application fields such as precision agriculture and habitat monitoring. Through this coincidence of new developments the goal of our study was to compare the information for the measurements of spatial variation in crops and soils as derived from high spatial-temporal satellite imagery from the national data portal compared to the exploitation of UAVs, in our case an Altura octocopter with a hyperspectral camera. As such, the focus is on the applications in precision agriculture. Both primary producers and chain partners and service providers are involved in the consortium. First results show that the Greenmonitor is much more suitable for comparison in growth between fields at regional scale, while UAV based imagery is much more suitable for mapping variation in crop biochemistry (i.e., chlorophyll, nitrogen) within the fields, which requires in the Netherlands a spatial resolution of a few meters. Finally, the spatial and spectral dimension of satellite and UAV derived vegetation indices (i.e., weighted difference vegetation index, chlorophyll red-edge index) to evaluate to which extent UAV based image acquisition could be adopted to complement missing data in satellite time-series.

  13. Monitoring vegetation recovery in fire-affected areas using temporal profiles of spectral signal from time series MODIS and LANDSAT satellite images

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    Georgopoulou, Danai; Koutsias, Nikos

    2015-04-01

    Vegetation phenology is an important element of vegetation characteristics that can be useful in vegetation monitoring especially when satellite remote sensing observations are used. In that sense temporal profiles extracted from spectral signal of time series MODIS and LANDSAT satellite images can be used to characterize vegetation phenology and thus to be helpful for monitoring vegetation recovery in fire-affected areas. The aim of this study is to explore the vegetation recovery pattern of the catastrophic wildfires that occurred in Peloponnisos, southern Greece, in 2007. These fires caused the loss of 67 lives and were recognized as the most extreme natural disaster in the country's recent history. Satellite remote sensing data from MODIS and LANDSAT satellites in the period from 2000 to 2014 were acquired and processed to extract the temporal profiles of the spectral signal for selected areas within the fire-affected areas. This dataset and time period analyzed together with the time that these fires occurred gave the opportunity to create temporal profiles seven years before and seven years after the fire. The different scale of the data used gave us the chance to understand how vegetation phenology and therefore the recovery patterns are influenced by the spatial resolution of the satellite data used. Different metrics linked to key phenological events have been created and used to assess vegetation recovery in the fire-affected areas. Our analysis was focused in the main land cover types that were mostly affected by the 2007 wildland fires. Based on CORINE land-cover maps these were agricultural lands highly interspersed with large areas of natural vegetation followed by sclerophyllous vegetation, transitional woodland shrubs, complex cultivation patterns and olive groves. Apart of the use of the original spectral data we estimated and used vegetation indices commonly found in vegetation studies as well as in burned area mapping studies. In this study we explore the strength and the use of these time series satellite data to characterize vegetation phenology as an a aid to monitor vegetation recovery in fire affected-areas. In a recent study we found that the original spectral channels, based on which these indices are estimated, are sensitive to external vegetation parameters such as the spectral reflectance of the background soil. In such cases, the influence of the soil in the reflectance values is different in the various spectral regions depending on its type. The use of such indices is also justified according to a recent study on the sensitivity of spectral reflectance values to different burn and vegetation ratios, who concluded that the Near Infrared (NIR) and Short-Wave Infrared (SWIR) are the most important channels to estimate the percentage of burned area, whereas the NIR and red channels are the most important to estimate the percentage of vegetation in fire-affected areas. Additionally, it has been found that semi-burned classes are spectrally more consistent to their different fractions of scorched and non-scorched vegetation, than the original spectral channels based on which these indices are estimated.

  14. Drought Monitoring by Time Series Analysis of Satellite Land Surface Temperature

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    Li, J.; Jia, L.

    2009-04-01

    With the development of remote sensing in the last thirty years massive satellite data have been accumulated by different satellite sensors. These continuous satellite data record the information on changes in land surface conditions. The research on the information retrieving from satellite time series data is of great significance, including applications to climate change research, identification of phenology, hydrological modeling, ecosystem and drought monitoring, etc. In this paper a methodology is presented for drought early warning by analyzing the time series of MODIS Land surface Temperature (LST) product. LST, representing the thermal properties of land surface and in turn canopy water stress conditions, is a vital parameter in the drought monitoring. The continuous increasing of LST relative to the historical average implies that drought might be happening. The proposed methodology is to use the satellite time series data to retrieve the trend in LST changes for drought monitoring. Missing observations always exist in the satellite time series due to cloud cover, which affects the reliability of the information retrieved from the time series. The first problem to solve when using such incomplete time series data is, therefore, to evaluate the quality of the time series and reconstruct a new time series without gaps. We have designed a set of criteria to classify the time series quality by taking into account the percent of the missing observations in the time series, the length of the gap in the series, and the retrieval quality of the parameter. A modified version of HANTS (Harmonic ANalysis of Time Series) is implemented to reconstruct the time series. The modification on HANTS is made to fit the rapidly changing character of LST time series. Then the time series of the LST anomaly relative to the historical average is calculated. Based on the time series of the LST anomaly an index to depict the accumulated temperature anomaly and its changing direction is designed. This index is capable of describing drought evolution and drought severity. To process the massive satellite data in time for quasi-real time monitoring, an algorithm is designed and coded to implement a tool for drought early warning through procedures including dataset management, image mosaic and resampling, image degradation, time series reconstruction, calculation of historical average, calculation of anomaly, and generation of drought severity index, etc. We have chosen China mainland as the study area to implement the developed method for drought monitoring. The MODIS daily (MOD11A1) and 8-day (MOD11A2) LST products are collected to construct the time series of satellite data. Then we applied the above methodology over the whole China in particularly to analyze the severe drought event occurred in Sichuan-Chongqing in 2006.

  15. Crop growth dynamics modeling using time-series satellite imagery

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    Zhao, Yu

    2014-11-01

    In modern agriculture, remote sensing technology plays an essential role in monitoring crop growth and crop yield prediction. To monitor crop growth and predict crop yield, accurate and timely crop growth information is significant, in particularly for large scale farming. As the high cost and low data availability of high-resolution satellite images such as RapidEye, we focus on the time-series low resolution satellite imagery. In this research, NDVI curve, which was retrieved from satellite images of MODIS 8-days 250m surface reflectance, was applied to monitor soybean's yield. Conventional model and vegetation index for yield prediction has problems on describing the growth basic processes affecting yield component formation. In our research, a novel method is developed to well model the Crop Growth Dynamics (CGD) and generate CGD index to describe the soybean's yield component formation. We analyze the standard growth stage of soybean and to model the growth process, we have two key calculate process. The first is normalization of the NDVI-curve coordinate and division of the crop growth based on the standard development stages using EAT (Effective accumulated temperature).The second is modeling the biological growth on each development stage through analyzing the factors of yield component formation. The evaluation was performed through the soybean yield prediction using the CGD Index in the growth stage when the whole dataset for modeling is available and we got precision of 88.5% which is about 10% higher than the conventional method. The validation results showed that prediction accuracy using our CGD modeling is satisfied and can be applied in practice of large scale soybean yield monitoring.

  16. Cyberpark 2000: Protected Areas Management Pilot Project. Satellite time series vegetation monitoring

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    Monteleone, M.; Lanorte, A.; Lasaponara, R.

    2009-04-01

    Cyberpark 2000 is a project funded by the UE Regional Operating Program of the Apulia Region (2000-2006). The main objective of the Cyberpark 2000 project is to develop a new assessment model for the management and monitoring of protected areas in Foggia Province (Apulia Region) based on Information and Communication Technologies. The results herein described are placed inside the research activities finalized to develop an environmental monitoring system knowledge based on the use of satellite time series. This study include: - A- satellite time series of high spatial resolution data for supporting the analysis of fire static risk factors through land use mapping and spectral/quantitative characterization of vegetation fuels; - B- satellite time series of MODIS for supporting fire dynamic risk evaluation of study area - Integrated fire detection by using thermal imaging cameras placed on panoramic view-points; - C - integrated high spatial and high temporal satellite time series for supporting studies in change detection factors or anomalies in vegetation covers; - D - satellite time-series for monitoring: (i) post fire vegetation recovery and (ii) spatio/temporal vegetation dynamics in unburned and burned vegetation covers.

  17. Time series analysis of infrared satellite data for detecting thermal anomalies: a hybrid approach

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    Koeppen, W. C.; Pilger, E.; Wright, R.

    2011-07-01

    We developed and tested an automated algorithm that analyzes thermal infrared satellite time series data to detect and quantify the excess energy radiated from thermal anomalies such as active volcanoes. Our algorithm enhances the previously developed MODVOLC approach, a simple point operation, by adding a more complex time series component based on the methods of the Robust Satellite Techniques (RST) algorithm. Using test sites at Anatahan and K?lauea volcanoes, the hybrid time series approach detected ~15% more thermal anomalies than MODVOLC with very few, if any, known false detections. We also tested gas flares in the Cantarell oil field in the Gulf of Mexico as an end-member scenario representing very persistent thermal anomalies. At Cantarell, the hybrid algorithm showed only a slight improvement, but it did identify flares that were undetected by MODVOLC. We estimate that at least 80 MODIS images for each calendar month are required to create good reference images necessary for the time series analysis of the hybrid algorithm. The improved performance of the new algorithm over MODVOLC will result in the detection of low temperature thermal anomalies that will be useful in improving our ability to document Earth's volcanic eruptions, as well as detecting low temperature thermal precursors to larger eruptions.

  18. Time series hyperspectral chemical imaging data: challenges, solutions and applications.

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    Gowen, A A; Marini, F; Esquerre, C; O'Donnell, C; Downey, G; Burger, J

    2011-10-31

    Hyperspectral chemical imaging (HCI) integrates imaging and spectroscopy resulting in three-dimensional data structures, hypercubes, with two spatial and one wavelength dimension. Each spatial image pixel in a hypercube contains a spectrum with >100 datapoints. While HCI facilitates enhanced monitoring of multi-component systems; time series HCI offers the possibility of a more comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of such systems and processes. This implies a need for modeling strategies that can cope with the large multivariate data structures generated in time series HCI experiments. The challenges posed by such data include dimensionality reduction, temporal morphological variation of samples and instrumental drift. This article presents potential solutions to these challenges, including multiway analysis, object tracking, multivariate curve resolution and non-linear regression. Several real world examples of time series HCI data are presented to illustrate the proposed solutions. PMID:21962370

  19. De-noising of microwave satellite soil moisture time series

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    Su, Chun-Hsu; Ryu, Dongryeol; Western, Andrew; Wagner, Wolfgang

    2013-04-01

    The use of satellite soil moisture data for scientific and operational hydrologic, meteorological and climatological applications is advancing rapidly due to increasing capability and temporal coverage of current and future missions. However evaluation studies of various existing remotely-sensed soil moisture products from these space-borne microwave sensors, which include AMSR-E (Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer) on Aqua satellite, SMOS (Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity) mission and ASCAT (Advanced Scatterometer) on MetOp-A satellite, found them to be significantly different from in-situ observations, showing large biases and different dynamic ranges and temporal patterns (e.g., Albergel et al., 2012; Su et al., 2012). Moreover they can have different error profiles in terms of bias, variance and correlations and their performance varies with land surface characteristics (Su et al., 2012). These severely impede the effort to use soil moisture retrievals from multiple sensors concurrently in land surface modelling, cross-validation and multi-satellite blending. The issue of systematic errors present in data sets should be addressed prior to renormalisation of the data for blending and data assimilation. Triple collocation estimation technique has successfully yielded realistic error estimates (Scipal et al., 2008), but this method relies on availability of large number of coincident data from multiple independent satellite data sets. In this work, we propose, i) a conceptual framework for distinguishing systematic periodic errors in the form of false spectral resonances from non-systematic errors (stochastic noise) in remotely-sensed soil moisture data in the frequency domain; and ii) the use of digital filters to reduce the variance- and correlation-related errors in satellite data. In this work, we focus on the VUA-NASA (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam with NASA) AMSR-E, CATDS (Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, CNES) SMOS and TUWIEN (Vienna University of Technology) ASCAT data sets to identify two types of errors that are spectrally distinct. Based on a semi-empirical model of soil moisture dynamics, we consider possible digital filter designs to improve the accuracy of their soil moisture products by reducing systematic periodic errors and stochastic noise. We describe a methodology to design bandstop filters to remove artificial resonances, and a Wiener filter to remove stochastic white noise present in the satellite data. Utility of these filters is demonstrated by comparing de-noised data against in-situ observations from ground monitoring stations in the Murrumbidgee Catchment (Smith et al., 2012), southeast Australia. Albergel, C., de Rosnay, P., Gruhier, C., Muñoz Sabater, J., Hasenauer, S., Isaksen, L., Kerr, Y. H., & Wagner, W. (2012). Evaluation of remotely sensed and modelled soil moisture products using global ground-based in situ observations. Remote Sensing of Environment, 118, 215-226. Scipal, K., Holmes, T., de Jeu, R., Naeimi, V., & Wagner, W. (2008), A possible solution for the problem of estimating the error structure of global soil moisture data sets. Geophysical Research Letters, 35, L24403. Smith, A. B., Walker, J. P., Western, A. W., Young, R. I., Ellett, K. M., Pipunic, R. C., Grayson, R. B., Siriwardena, L., Chiew, F. H. S., & Richter, H. (2012). The Murrumbidgee soil moisture network data set. Water Resources Research, 48, W07701. Su, C.-H., Ryu, D., Young, R., Western, A. W., & Wagner, W. (2012). Inter-comparison of microwave satellite soil moisture retrievals over Australia. Submitted to Remote Sensing of Environment.

  20. Evaluating a Satellite-derived Time Series of Inundation Dynamics

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    Matthews, E.; Papa, F.; Prigent, C.; McDonald, K.

    2006-12-01

    A new data set of inundation dynamics derived from a suite of satellites (Prigent et al.; Papa et al.) provides the first global, multi-year observations of monthly inundation extent. Initial global and regional evaluation of the data set using data on wetland/vegetation distributions from traditional and remote-sensing sources, GCPC rainfall, and altimeter-derived river heights indicates reasonable spatial distributions and seasonality. We extend the evaluation of this new data set - using independent multi-date, high-resolution satellite observations of inundated ecosystems and freeze-thaw dynamics, as well as climate data - focusing on a variety of boreal and tropical ecosystems representative of global wetlands. The goal is to investigate the strengths of the new data set, and develop strategies for improving weaknesses where identified.

  1. Monitoring Seasonal Evapotranspiration in Vulnerable Agriculture using Time Series VHSR Satellite Data

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    Dalezios, Nicolas; Spyropoulos, Nicos V.; Tarquis, Ana M.

    2015-04-01

    The research work stems from the hypothesis that it is possible to perform an estimation of seasonal water needs of olive tree farms under drought periods by cross correlating high spatial, spectral and temporal resolution (~monthly) of satellite data, acquired at well defined time intervals of the phenological cycle of crops, with ground-truth information simultaneously applied during the image acquisitions. The present research is for the first time, demonstrating the coordinated efforts of space engineers, satellite mission control planners, remote sensing scientists and ground teams to record at specific time intervals of the phenological cycle of trees from ground "zero" and from 770 km above the Earth's surface, the status of plants for subsequent cross correlation and analysis regarding the estimation of the seasonal evapotranspiration in vulnerable agricultural environment. The ETo and ETc derived by Penman-Montieth equation and reference Kc tables, compared with new ETd using the Kc extracted from the time series satellite data. Several vegetation indices were also used especially the RedEdge and the chlorophyll one based on WorldView-2 RedEdge and second NIR bands to relate the tree status with water and nutrition needs. Keywords: Evapotransipration, Very High Spatial Resolution - VHSR, time series, remote sensing, vulnerability, agriculture, vegetation indeces.

  2. Classification of satellite time series-derived land surface phenology focused on the northern Fertile Crescent

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    Bunker, Brian

    Land surface phenology describes events in a seasonal vegetation cycle and can be used in a variety of applications from predicting onset of future drought conditions, to revealing potential limits of historical dry farming, to guiding more accurate dating of archeological sites. Traditional methods of monitoring vegetation phenology use data collected in situ. However, vegetation health indices derived from satellite remote sensor data, such as the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI), have been used as proxy for vegetation phenology due to their repeated acquisition and broad area coverage. Land surface phenology is accessible in the NDVI satellite record when images are processed to be intercomparable over time and temporally ordered to create a time series. This study utilized NDVI time series to classify areas of similar vegetation phenology in the northern Fertile Crescent, an area from the middle Mediterranean coast to southern/south-eastern Turkey to western Iran and northern Iraq. Phenological monitoring of the northern Fertile Crescent is critical due to the area's minimal water resources, susceptibility to drought, and understanding ancient historical reliance on precipitation for subsistence dry farming. Delineation of phenological classes provides areal and temporal synopsis of vegetation productivity time series. Phenological classes were developed from NDVI time series calculated from NOAA's Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) imagery with 8 × 8 km spatial resolution over twenty-five years, and by NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) with 250 × 250 m spatial resolution over twelve years. Both AVHRR and MODIS time series were subjected to data reduction techniques in spatial and temporal dimensions. Optimized ISODATA clusters were developed for both of these data reduction techniques in order to compare the effects of spatial versus temporal aggregation. Within the northern Fertile Crescent study area, the spatial reduction technique showed increased cluster cohesion over the temporal reduction method. The latter technique showed an increase in temporal smoothing over the spatial reduction technique. Each technique has advantages depending on the desired spatial or temporal granularity. Additional work is required to determine optimal scale size for the spatial data reduction technique.

  3. Change detection from very high resolution satellite time series with variable off-nadir angle

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    Barazzetti, Luigi; Brumana, Raffaella; Cuca, Branka; Previtali, Mattia

    2015-06-01

    Very high resolution (VHR) satellite images have the potential for revealing changes occurred overtime with a superior level of detail. However, their use for metric purposes requires accurate geo-localization with ancillary DEMs and GCPs to achieve sub-pixel terrain correction, in order to obtain images useful for mapping applications. Change detection with a time series of VHS images is not a simple task because images acquired with different off-nadir angles have a lack of pixel-to-pixel image correspondence, even after accurate geo-correction. This paper presents a procedure for automatic change detection able to deal with variable off-nadir angles. The case study concerns the identification of damaged buildings from pre- and post-event images acquired on the historic center of L'Aquila (Italy), which was struck by an earthquake in April 2009. The developed procedure is a multi-step approach where (i) classes are assigned to both images via object-based classification, (ii) an initial alignment is provided with an automated tile-based rubber sheeting interpolation on the extracted layers, and (iii) change detection is carried out removing residual mis-registration issues resulting in elongated features close to building edges. The method is fully automated except for some thresholds that can be interactively set to improve the visualization of the damaged buildings. The experimental results proved that damages can be automatically found without additional information, such as digital surface models, SAR data, or thematic vector layers.

  4. D City Transformations by Time Series of Aerial Images

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    Adami, A.

    2015-02-01

    Recent photogrammetric applications, based on dense image matching algorithms, allow to use not only images acquired by digital cameras, amateur or not, but also to recover the vast heritage of analogue photographs. This possibility opens up many possibilities in the use and enhancement of existing photos heritage. The research of the original figuration of old buildings, the virtual reconstruction of disappeared architectures and the study of urban development are some of the application areas that exploit the great cultural heritage of photography. Nevertheless there are some restrictions in the use of historical images for automatic reconstruction of buildings such as image quality, availability of camera parameters and ineffective geometry of image acquisition. These constrains are very hard to solve and it is difficult to discover good dataset in the case of terrestrial close range photogrammetry for the above reasons. Even the photographic archives of museums and superintendence, while retaining a wealth of documentation, have no dataset for a dense image matching approach. Compared to the vast collection of historical photos, the class of aerial photos meets both criteria stated above. In this paper historical aerial photographs are used with dense image matching algorithms to realize 3d models of a city in different years. The models can be used to study the urban development of the city and its changes through time. The application relates to the city centre of Verona, for which some time series of aerial photographs have been retrieved. The models obtained in this way allowed, right away, to observe the urban development of the city, the places of expansion and new urban areas. But a more interesting aspect emerged from the analytical comparison between models. The difference, as the Euclidean distance, between two models gives information about new buildings or demolitions. As considering accuracy it is necessary point out that the quality of final observations from model comparison depends on several aspects such as image quality, image scale and marker accuracy from cartography.

  5. Muscle segmentation in time series images of Drosophila metamorphosis.

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    Yadav, Kuleesha; Feng Lin; Wasser, Martin

    2015-08-01

    In order to study genes associated with muscular disorders, we characterize the phenotypic changes in Drosophila muscle cells during metamorphosis caused by genetic perturbations. We collect in vivo images of muscle fibers during remodeling of larval to adult muscles. In this paper, we focus on the new image processing pipeline designed to quantify the changes in shape and size of muscles. We propose a new two-step approach to muscle segmentation in time series images. First, we implement a watershed algorithm to divide the image into edge-preserving regions, and then, we classify these regions into muscle and non-muscle classes on the basis of shape and intensity. The advantage of our method is two-fold: First, better results are obtained because classification of regions is constrained by the shape of muscle cell from previous time point; and secondly, minimal user intervention results in faster processing time. The segmentation results are used to compare the changes in cell size between controls and reduction of the autophagy related gene Atg 9 during Drosophila metamorphosis. PMID:26736944

  6. Satellite time series analysis to study the ephemeral nature of archaeological marks

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    Stewart, Chris

    2014-05-01

    Archaeological structures buried beneath the ground often leave traces at the surface. These traces can be in the form of differences in soil moisture and composition, or vegetation growth caused for example by increased soil water retention over a buried ditch, or by insufficient soil depth over a buried wall for vegetation to place deep roots. Buried structures also often leave subtle topographic traces at the surface. Analyses is carried out on the ephemeral characteristics of buried archaeological crop and soil marks over a number of sites around the city of Rome using satellite data from both optical and SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) sensors, including Kompsat-2, ALOS PRISM and COSMO SkyMed. The sensitivity of topographic satellite data, obtained by optical photogrammetry and interferometric SAR, is also analysed over the same sites, as well as other sites in Egypt. The analysis includes a study of the interferometric coherence of successive pairs of a time series of SAR data over sites containing buried structuresto better understand the nature of the vegetated or bare soil surface. To understand the ephemeral nature of archaeological crop and soil marks, the spectral reflectance characteristics of areas where such marks sometimes appear are extracted from a time series of optical multispectral and panchromatic imagery, and their backscatter characteristics extracted from a time series of SAR backscatter amplitude data. The results of this analysis is then compared with the results of the coherence analysis to see if any link can be established between the appearance of archaeological structures and the nature of ground cover. Results show that archaeological marks in the study areas are more present in SAR backscatter data over vegetated surfaces, rather than bare soil surfaces, but sometimes appear also in bare soil conditions. In the study areas, crop marks appear more distinctly in optical data after long periods without rainfall. The topographic analysis shows that very high resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) and derived hill-shade images extracted from satellite optical stereo and interferometric SAR data are capable of identifying archaeological features buried beneath the ground that leave a topographic signature at the surface.

  7. The CACAO Method for Smoothing, Gap Filling, and Characterizing Seasonal Anomalies in Satellite Time Series

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    Verger, Aleixandre; Baret, F.; Weiss, M.; Kandasamy, S.; Vermote, E.

    2013-01-01

    Consistent, continuous, and long time series of global biophysical variables derived from satellite data are required for global change research. A novel climatology fitting approach called CACAO (Consistent Adjustment of the Climatology to Actual Observations) is proposed to reduce noise and fill gaps in time series by scaling and shifting the seasonal climatological patterns to the actual observations. The shift and scale CACAO parameters adjusted for each season allow quantifying shifts in the timing of seasonal phenology and inter-annual variations in magnitude as compared to the average climatology. CACAO was assessed first over simulated daily Leaf Area Index (LAI) time series with varying fractions of missing data and noise. Then, performances were analyzed over actual satellite LAI products derived from AVHRR Long-Term Data Record for the 1981-2000 period over the BELMANIP2 globally representative sample of sites. Comparison with two widely used temporal filtering methods-the asymmetric Gaussian (AG) model and the Savitzky-Golay (SG) filter as implemented in TIMESAT-revealed that CACAO achieved better performances for smoothing AVHRR time series characterized by high level of noise and frequent missing observations. The resulting smoothed time series captures well the vegetation dynamics and shows no gaps as compared to the 50-60% of still missing data after AG or SG reconstructions. Results of simulation experiments as well as confrontation with actual AVHRR time series indicate that the proposed CACAO method is more robust to noise and missing data than AG and SG methods for phenology extraction.

  8. Automatic CCD Imaging Systems for Time-series CCD Photometry

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    Caton, D. B.; Pollock, J. T.; Davis, S. A.

    2004-12-01

    CCDs allow precision photometry to be done with small telescopes and at sites with less than ideal seeing conditions. The addition of an automatic observing mode makes it easy to do time-series CCD photometry of variable stars and AGN/QSOs. At Appalachian State University's Dark Sky Observatory (DSO), we have implemented automatic imaging systems for image acquisition, scripted filter changing, data storage and quick-look online photometry two different telescopes, the 32-inch and 18-inch telescopes. The camera at the 18-inch allows a simple system where the data acquisition PC controls a DFM Engineering filter wheel and Photometrics/Roper camera. The 32-inch system is the more complex, with three computers communicating in order to make good use of its camera's 30-second CCD-read time for filter change. Both telescopes use macros written in the PMIS software (GKR Computer Consulting). Both systems allow automatic data capture with only tended care provided by the observer. Indeed, one observer can easily run both telescopes simultaneously. The efficiency and reliability of these systems also reduces observer errors. The only unresolved problem is an occasional but rare camera-read error (the PC is apparently interrupted). We also sometimes experience a crash of the PMIS software, probably due to its 16-bit code now running in the Windows 2000 32-bit environment. We gratefully acknowledge the support of the National Science Foundation through grants number AST-0089248 and AST-9119750, the Dunham Fund for Astrophysical Research, and the ASU Research Council.

  9. Mapping Forest Fuels through Vegetation Phenology: The Role of Coarse-Resolution Satellite Time-Series

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    Bajocco, Sofia; Dragoz, Eleni; Gitas, Ioannis; Smiraglia, Daniela; Salvati, Luca; Ricotta, Carlo

    2015-01-01

    Traditionally fuel maps are built in terms of ‘fuel types’, thus considering the structural characteristics of vegetation only. The aim of this work is to derive a phenological fuel map based on the functional attributes of coarse-scale vegetation phenology, such as seasonality and productivity. MODIS NDVI 250m images of Sardinia (Italy), a large Mediterranean island with high frequency of fire incidence, were acquired for the period 2000–2012 to construct a mean annual NDVI profile of the vegetation at the pixel-level. Next, the following procedure was used to develop the phenological fuel map: (i) image segmentation on the Fourier components of the NDVI profiles to identify phenologically homogeneous landscape units, (ii) cluster analysis of the phenological units and post-hoc analysis of the fire-proneness of the phenological fuel classes (PFCs) obtained, (iii) environmental characterization (in terms of land cover and climate) of the PFCs. Our results showed the ability of coarse-resolution satellite time-series to characterize the fire-proneness of Sardinia with an adequate level of accuracy. The remotely sensed phenological framework presented may represent a suitable basis for the development of fire distribution prediction models, coarse-scale fuel maps and for various biogeographic studies. PMID:25822505

  10. Time series analysis of satellite derived surface temperature for Lake Garda

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    Pareeth, Sajid; Metz, Markus; Rocchini, Duccio; Salmaso, Nico; Neteler, Markus

    2014-05-01

    Remotely sensed satellite imageryis the most suitable tool for researchers around the globe in complementing in-situ observations. Nonetheless, it would be crucial to check for quality, validate and standardize methodologies to estimate the target variables from sensor data. Satellite imagery with thermal infrared bands provides opportunity to remotely measure the temperature in a very high spatio-temporal scale. Monitoring surface temperature of big lakes to understand the thermal fluctuations over time is considered crucial in the current status of global climate change scenario. The main disadvantage of remotely sensed data is the gaps due to presence of clouds and aerosols. In this study we use statistically reconstructed daily land surface temperature products from MODIS (MOD11A1 and MYD11A1) at a better spatial resolution of 250 m. The ability of remotely sensed datasets to capture the thermal variations over time is validated against historical monthly ground observation data collected for Lake Garda. The correlation between time series of satellite data LST (x,y,t) and the field measurements f (x,y,t) are found to be in acceptable range with a correlation coefficient of 0.94. We compared multiple time series analysis methods applied on the temperature maps recorded in the last ten years (2002 - 2012) and monthly field measurements in two sampling points in Lake Garda. The time series methods STL - Seasonal Time series decomposition based on Loess method, DTW - Dynamic Time Waping method, and BFAST - Breaks for Additive Season and Trend, are implemented and compared in their ability to derive changes in trends and seasonalities. These methods are mostly implemented on time series of vegetation indices from satellite data, but seldom used on thermal data because of the temporal incoherence of the data. The preliminary results show that time series methods applied on satellite data are able to reconstruct the seasons on an annual scale while giving us a graphical view of intra-annual variations in the trends with residuals. The time series trend analysis shows similar pattern from both the datasets reinstating the importance of remotely sensed data in climate change related studies.

  11. Spatial and temporal Amazon vegetation dynamics and phenology using time series satellite data

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    Ratana, Piyachat

    Improved knowledge of landscape seasonal variations and phenology at the regional scale is needed for carbon and water flux studies, and biogeochemical, hydrological, and climate models. Amazon vegetation mechanisms and dynamics controlling biosphere-atmosphere interactions are not entirely understood. To better understand these processes, vegetation photosynthetic activity and canopy water and temperature dynamics were analyzed over various types of vegetation in Amazon using satellite data from the Terra-Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). The objectives of this dissertation were to (1) assess the spatial and temporal variations of satellite data over the Amazon as a function of vegetation physiognomies for monitoring and discrimination, (2) investigate seasonal vegetation photosynthetic activity and phenology across the forest-cerrado ecotone and conversion areas, and (3) investigate seasonal variations of satellite-based canopy water and land surface temperature in relation to photosynthetic activity over the Amazon basin. The results of this study showed the highly diverse and complex cerrado biome and associated cerrado conversions could be monitored and analyzed with MODIS vegetation index (VI) time series data. The MODIS enhanced vegetation index (EVI) seasonal profiles were found useful in characterizing the spatial and temporal variability in landscape phenology across a climatic gradient of rainfall and sunlight conditions through the rainforest-cerrado ecotone. Significant trends in landscape phenology were observed across the different biomes with strong seasonal shifts resulting from differences in vegetation physiognomic responses to rainfall and sunlight. We also found unique seasonal and temporal patterns of the land surface water index (LSWI) and land surface temperature (LST), which in combination with the EVI provided improved information for monitoring the seasonal ecosystem dynamics of the Amazon rainforest, cerrado, ecotone, and conversion areas. In conclusion, satellite-based, regional scale studies were found to aid in understanding land surface processes and mechanisms at the ecosystem level, providing a "big picture" of landscape dynamics. Coupling this with ground, in-situ measurements, such as from flux towers, can greatly improve the estimation of carbon and water fluxes, and our understanding of the biogeochemistry and climate in very dynamic and changing landscapes.

  12. Consistent Long-Time Series of GPS Satellite Antenna Phase Center Corrections

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    Steigenberger, P.; Schmid, R.; Rothacher, M.

    2004-12-01

    The current IGS processing strategy disregards satellite antenna phase center variations (pcvs) depending on the nadir angle and applies block-specific phase center offsets only. However, the transition from relative to absolute receiver antenna corrections presently under discussion necessitates the consideration of satellite antenna pcvs. Moreover, studies of several groups have shown that the offsets are not homogeneous within a satellite block. Manufacturer specifications seem to confirm this assumption. In order to get best possible antenna corrections, consistent ten-year time series (1994-2004) of satellite-specific pcvs and offsets were generated. This challenging effort became possible as part of the reprocessing of a global GPS network currently performed by the Technical Universities of Munich and Dresden. The data of about 160 stations since the official start of the IGS in 1994 have been reprocessed, as today's GPS time series are mostly inhomogeneous and inconsistent due to continuous improvements in the processing strategies and modeling of global GPS solutions. An analysis of the signals contained in the time series of the phase center offsets demonstrates amplitudes on the decimeter level, at least one order of magnitude worse than the desired accuracy. The periods partly arise from the GPS orbit configuration, as the orientation of the orbit planes with regard to the inertial system repeats after about 350 days due to the rotation of the ascending nodes. In addition, the rms values of the X- and Y-offsets show a high correlation with the angle between the orbit plane and the direction to the sun. The time series of the pcvs mainly point at the correlation with the global terrestrial scale. Solutions with relative and absolute phase center corrections, with block- and satellite-specific satellite antenna corrections demonstrate the effect of this parameter group on other global GPS parameters such as the terrestrial scale, station velocities, the geocenter position or the tropospheric delays. Thus, deeper insight into the so-called `Bermuda triangle' of several highly correlated parameters is given.

  13. MITRA Virtual laboratory for operative application of satellite time series for land degradation risk estimation

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    Nole, Gabriele; Scorza, Francesco; Lanorte, Antonio; Manzi, Teresa; Lasaponara, Rosa

    2015-04-01

    This paper aims to present the development of a tool to integrate time series from active and passive satellite sensors (such as of MODIS, Vegetation, Landsat, ASTER, COSMO, Sentinel) into a virtual laboratory to support studies on landscape and archaeological landscape, investigation on environmental changes, estimation and monitoring of natural and anthropogenic risks. The virtual laboratory is composed by both data and open source tools specifically developed for the above mentioned applications. Results obtained for investigations carried out using the implemented tools for monitoring land degradation issues and subtle changes ongoing on forestry and natural areas are herein presented. In detail MODIS, SPOT Vegetation and Landsat time series were analyzed comparing results of different statistical analyses and the results integrated with ancillary data and evaluated with field survey. The comparison of the outputs we obtained for the Basilicata Region from satellite data analyses and independent data sets clearly pointed out the reliability for the diverse change analyses we performed, at the pixel level, using MODIS, SPOT Vegetation and Landsat TM data. Next steps are going to be implemented to further advance the current Virtual Laboratory tools, by extending current facilities adding new computational algorithms and applying to other geographic regions. Acknowledgement This research was performed within the framework of the project PO FESR Basilicata 2007/2013 - Progetto di cooperazione internazionale MITRA "Remote Sensing tecnologies for Natural and Cultural heritage Degradation Monitoring for Preservation and valorization" funded by Basilicata Region Reference 1. A. Lanorte, R Lasaponara, M Lovallo, L Telesca 2014 Fisher-Shannon information plane analysis of SPOT/VEGETATION Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) time series to characterize vegetation recovery after fire disturbance International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 2441-446 2. G Calamita, A Lanorte, R Lasaponara, B Murgante, G Nole 2013 Analyzing urban sprawl applying spatial autocorrelation techniques to multi-temporal satellite data. Urban and Regional Data Management: UDMS Annual 2013, 161 3. R Lasaponara 2013 Geospatial analysis from space: Advanced approaches for data processing, information extraction and interpretation International Journal of Applied Earth Observations and Geoinformation 20 . 1-3 4. R Lasaponara, A Lanorte 2011 Satellite time-series analysis International Journal of Remote Sensing 33 (15), 4649-4652 5. G Nolè, M Danese, B Murgante, R Lasaponara, A Lanorte Using spatial autocorrelation techniques and multi-temporal satellite data for analyzing urban sprawl Computational Science and Its Applications-ICCSA 2012, 512-527

  14. Coastal changes in the Sendai area from the impact of the 2011 Tōhoku-oki tsunami: Interpretations of time series satellite images, helicopter-borne video footage and field observations

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    Tappin, David R.; Evans, Hannah M.; Jordan, Colm J.; Richmond, Bruce; Sugawara, Daisuke; Goto, Kazuhisa

    2012-12-01

    A combination of time-series satellite imagery, helicopter-borne video footage and field observation is used to identify the impact of a major tsunami on a low-lying coastal zone located in eastern Japan. A comparison is made between the coast protected by armoured 'engineered' sea walls and the coast without. Changes are mapped from before and after imagery, and sedimentary processes identified from the video footage. The results are validated by field observations. The impact along a 'natural' coast, with minimal defences, is erosion focussed on the back beach. Along coasts with hard engineered protection constructed to defend against erosion, the presence of three to six metre high concrete-faced embankments results in severe erosion on their landward faces. The erosion is due to the tsunami wave accelerating through a hydraulic jump as it passes over the embankment, resulting in the formation of a ditch into which the foundations collapse. Engineered coastal defences are thus found to be small defence against highly energetic tsunami waves that overtop them. There is little erosion (or sedimentation) of the whole beach, and where active, it mainly forms V-shaped channels. These channels are probably initiated during tsunami inflow and then further developed during tsunami backflow. Tsunami backflow on such a low lying area takes place energetically as sheet flow immediately after tsunami flooding has ceased. Subsequently, when the water level landward of the coastal dune ridges falls below their elevation, flow becomes confined to rivers and breaches in the coast formed during tsunami inflow. Enigmatic, short lived, 'strand lines' are attributed to the slow fall of sea level after such a major tsunami. Immediately after the tsunami coastal reconstruction begins, sourced from the sediment recently flushed into the sea by tsunami backflow.

  15. Measuring vertical deformation in the Seattle, WA urban corridor with satellite radar interferometry time series analysis

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    Finnegan, N. J.; Pritchard, M. E.; Lohman, R.; Lundgren, P. R.

    2007-12-01

    Satellite radar interferometry (InSAR) time series analysis (e.g., Lundgren et al., 2001) can reveal rich patterns of deformation in both time and space. As the technique is sensitive to mm-scale vertical deformation over large and spatially extensive regions, it provides a useful geodetic tool where satellite coverage and radar phase coherence permit. Here we apply InSAR time series techniques based on the Small BAseline Subset Algorithm (SBAS) (Berardino et al., 2002) using data from three satellites (ERS 1, ERS2, and RADARSAT) to the urban corridor between Tacoma, Seattle and Everett, WA, over the time period 1992 - 2007. The target of our work is to better characterize the nature of active faulting and deep-seated landsliding within the densely populated study area. Additionally, we seek to independently quantify how localized short-wavelength deformation is contaminating data collected from the ~ 12 GPS stations in the eastern Puget Sound region. Comparisons of InSAR time series inversions to data from 4 GPS stations temporally and spatially overlapping the available InSAR observations reveal that surface displacement computed from InSAR matches the GPS deformation within the range of error reported for vertical GPS data (~ 4mm). Contemporaneous surface velocity maps generated via linear regression to two independent time series inversions from overlapping ERS satellite tracks 428 and 156 show striking agreement in the pattern of surface velocity, and effectively resolve rates as low as 1 mm/yr. Based on the results of our velocity mapping, we provide new constraints on surface deformation in the Seattle metro region. First, between 1992 and 2007 we document subsidence (~ 1-3 mm/yr) over much of the region characterized by Holocene infilling of the Puget Sound by lahar and floodplain sedimentation. This deformation is consistent with subsidence due to sediment compaction and de-watering. Second, between 1992 and 2007 we document no slow landslide deformation on any of the numerous mapped slide complexes within Seattle. Regions of known active landsliding, such as along Perkins Lane in Seattle, exhibit radar phase de- correlation. These observations are therefore consistent with relatively infrequent and rapid landslide deformation within Seattle. Finally, we note a NW-SE striking, sharp linear gradient in deformation near Federal Way, WA. As this feature is located just north of the Tacoma Fault Zone, it may mark the location of a previously unmapped fault splay that is serving as a barrier to local groundwater flow.

  16. Multi-satellite time series of inherent optical properties in the California Current

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    Kahru, Mati; Lee, Zhongping; Kudela, Raphael M.; Manzano-Sarabia, Marlenne; Greg Mitchell, B.

    2015-02-01

    Satellite ocean color radiometry is a powerful method to study ocean biology but the relationships between satellite measurements and the in situ ocean properties are not well understood. Moreover, the measurements made with one satellite sensor may not be directly compatible with similar measurements from another sensor. We estimate inherent optical properties (IOPs) in the California Current by applying empirically optimized versions of the Quasi-Analytical Algorithm (QAA) of Lee et al. (2002) to satellite remote sensing reflectance (Rrs) from four ocean color sensors (OCTS, SeaWiFS, MODISA and MERIS). The set of estimated IOPs includes the total absorption coefficient at 490 nm (a490), phytoplankton absorption coefficient at 440 nm (aph440), absorption by dissolved and detrital organic matter at 440 nm (adg440) and particle backscattering coefficient at 490 nm (bbp490). The empirical inversion models are created by minimizing the deviations between satellite match-ups with in situ measurements and between the estimates of individual overlapping satellite sensors. The derived empirical algorithms were then applied to satellite Level-3 daily Rrs to create merged multi-sensor time series of the near-surface optical characteristics in the California Current region for a time period of over 16 years (November 1996-December 2012). Due to the limited number of in situ match-ups and their uneven distribution as well as the large errors in the satellite-derived Rrs, the uncertainty in the retrieved IOPs is still significant and difficult to quantify. The merged time series show the dominant annual cycle but also significant variability at interannual time scales. The ratio of adg440 to aph440 is around 1 in the transition zone, is >1 in the coastal zone and generally <1 offshore. adg440 decreases towards south and towards offshore. The long-term (~16 years) trend in aph440, representative of phytoplankton biomass, shows a significant (P<0.01) increasing trend in a wide band (~500 km) along the coast and a significant decreasing trends in the oligotrophic North Pacific gyre. The trend of increasing aph440 in the upwelling areas off California is positively correlated with the increasing wind speed along the coast.

  17. MODVOLC2: A Hybrid Time Series Analysis for Detecting Thermal Anomalies Applied to Thermal Infrared Satellite Data

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    Koeppen, W. C.; Wright, R.; Pilger, E.

    2009-12-01

    We developed and tested a new, automated algorithm, MODVOLC2, which analyzes thermal infrared satellite time series data to detect and quantify the excess energy radiated from thermal anomalies such as active volcanoes, fires, and gas flares. MODVOLC2 combines two previously developed algorithms, a simple point operation algorithm (MODVOLC) and a more complex time series analysis (Robust AVHRR Techniques, or RAT) to overcome the limitations of using each approach alone. MODVOLC2 has four main steps: (1) it uses the original MODVOLC algorithm to process the satellite data on a pixel-by-pixel basis and remove thermal outliers, (2) it uses the remaining data to calculate reference and variability images for each calendar month, (3) it compares the original satellite data and any newly acquired data to the reference images normalized by their variability, and it detects pixels that fall outside the envelope of normal thermal behavior, (4) it adds any pixels detected by MODVOLC to those detected in the time series analysis. Using test sites at Anatahan and Kilauea volcanoes, we show that MODVOLC2 was able to detect ~15% more thermal anomalies than using MODVOLC alone, with very few, if any, known false detections. Using gas flares from the Cantarell oil field in the Gulf of Mexico, we show that MODVOLC2 provided results that were unattainable using a time series-only approach. Some thermal anomalies (e.g., Cantarell oil field flares) are so persistent that an additional, semi-automated 12-µm correction must be applied in order to correctly estimate both the number of anomalies and the total excess radiance being emitted by them. Although all available data should be included to make the best possible reference and variability images necessary for the MODVOLC2, we estimate that at least 80 images per calendar month are required to generate relatively good statistics from which to run MODVOLC2, a condition now globally met by a decade of MODIS observations. We also found that MODVOLC2 achieved good results on multiple sensors (MODIS and GOES), which provides confidence that MODVOLC2 can be run on future instruments regardless of their spatial and temporal resolutions. The improved performance of MODVOLC2 over MODVOLC makes possible the detection of lower temperature thermal anomalies that will be useful in improving our ability to document Earth’s volcanic eruptions as well as detect possible low temperature thermal precursors to larger eruptions.

  18. A Critical Review of the Time Series of Total Solar Irradiance Satellite Observations

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    Willson, R. C.

    2006-12-01

    Continuous time series of total solar irradiance (TSI) observations have been constructed from the set of contiguous, redundant, overlapping total solar irradiance (TSI) measurements made by satellite experiments during the past 28 years. One, the ACRIM composite time series [Willson &Mordvinov, 2003], detects a significant upward trend in TSI of 0.04 percent per decade during solar cycles 21-23. Another, the PMOD composite [Frohlich &Lean, 1998], detects no significant trend using different combinations of TSI data sets, computational philosophy and assumptions. The potential significance of the ACRIM upward trend as a climate forcing makes it important to explore the trend difference to determine which of the two composite TSI time series best represents the measurement database. Two types of experiments have provided TSI data: self-calibrating, precision TSI monitors and Earth radiation budget (ERB) experiments. TSI monitors provide much higher accuracy and precision and are capable of self- calibrating the degradation of their sensors. The ERB experiments are designed to provide less accurate and precise TSI `boundary value' results for ERB modeling and cannot self-calibrate sensor degradation. While the optimum composite TSI time series utilizes TSI monitor results to the maximum extent possible, a two year gap in the TSI monitoring record between the ACRIM1 and ACRIM2 experiments (1989 - 1991) would have prevented compilation of a continuous record over the 28 years of satellite observations were it not for the availability of ERB results during the gap. The relationship between ACRIM1 and ACRIM2 results across the ACRIM gap can be derived using the overlapping ERB data sets: the Nimbus7/ERB and/or the ERBS/ERBE. These two choices are embodied in the construction of ACRIM and PMOD composites, respectively. The philosophy of the ACRIM composite is to use the unaltered results published by the experiment science teams and the Nimbus7/ERB ACRIM gap ratio. The PMOD composite approach uses a different subset of the satellite TSI database, the ERBS/ERBE ACRIM gap ratio and modifies published Nimbus7/ERB and ACRIM1 results, based on degradation assumptions derived from linear regression TSI proxy models. There are a number of differences between the ACRIM and PMOD composites but the most important is the trend during solar cycles 21 - 23. The absence of a trend in the PMOD composite and any composite based on the ERBS/ERBE ACRIM gap ratio has been shown to be an artifact of uncorrected degradation of ERBE results during the gap. The ERBS/ERBE database was significantly affected by uncorrected degradation throughout its observational lifetime and provides a less precise ACRIM gap ratio than the Nimbus7/ERB results. TSI proxy models are not competitive in precision or accuracy with even the lowest quality satellite TSI observations. Their use in constructing the PMOD composite convolutes the relatively high uncertainty of the model with the observational data and is less likely to represent the best interpretation of the extant TSI observational database. The PMOD composite used modified published Nimbus7/ERB and ACRIM1 data. The ACRIM1 modifications were based on erroneous assumptions regarding degradation of the experiment. No effort was made to verify these assumptions using actual ACRIM1 data. The resulting PMOD composite provides better agreement with TSI proxy model predictions during the maximum of solar cycle 21 but does not provide the best representation of the actual TSI. The ACRIM TSI composite time series is the most accurate representation of the extant TSI satellite measurement database. It doesn't rely on imprecise proxy modeling or modifications of published observational results.

  19. Intercomparison of Satellite Derived Gravity Time Series with Inferred Gravity Time Series from TOPEX/POSEIDON Sea Surface Heights and Climatological Model Output

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    Cox, C.; Au, A.; Klosko, S.; Chao, B.; Smith, David E. (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The upcoming GRACE mission promises to open a window on details of the global mass budget that will have remarkable clarity, but it will not directly answer the question of what the state of the Earth's mass budget is over the critical last quarter of the 20th century. To address that problem we must draw upon existing technologies such as SLR, DORIS, and GPS, and climate modeling runs in order to improve our understanding. Analysis of long-period geopotential changes based on SLR and DORIS tracking has shown that addition of post 1996 satellite tracking data has a significant impact on the recovered zonal rates and long-period tides. Interannual effects such as those causing the post 1996 anomalies must be better characterized before refined estimates of the decadal period changes in the geopotential can be derived from the historical database of satellite tracking. A possible cause of this anomaly is variations in ocean mass distribution, perhaps associated with the recent large El Nino/La Nina. In this study, a low-degree spherical harmonic gravity time series derived from satellite tracking is compared with a TOPEX/POSEIDON-derived sea surface height time series. Corrections for atmospheric mass effects, continental hydrology, snowfall accumulation, and ocean steric model predictions will be considered.

  20. Multidecadal time series of satellite-detected accumulations of cyanobacteria in the Baltic Sea

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    Kahru, M.; Elmgren, R.

    2014-07-01

    Cyanobacteria, primarily of the species Nodularia spumigena, form extensive surface accumulations in the Baltic Sea in July and August, ranging from diffuse flakes to dense surface scums. The area of these accumulations can reach ~ 200 000 km2. We describe the compilation of a 35-year-long time series (1979-2013) of cyanobacteria surface accumulations in the Baltic Sea using multiple satellite sensors. This appears to be one of the longest satellite-based time series in biological oceanography. The satellite algorithm is based on remote sensing reflectance of the water in the red band, a measure of turbidity. Validation of the satellite algorithm using horizontal transects from a ship of opportunity showed the strongest relationship with phycocyanin fluorescence (an indicator of cyanobacteria), followed by turbidity and then by chlorophyll a fluorescence. The areal fraction with cyanobacteria accumulations (FCA) and the total accumulated area affected (TA) were used to characterize the intensity and extent of the accumulations. The fraction with cyanobacteria accumulations was calculated as the ratio of the number of detected accumulations to the number of cloud-free sea-surface views per pixel during the season (July-August). The total accumulated area affected was calculated by adding the area of pixels where accumulations were detected at least once during the season. The fraction with cyanobacteria accumulations and TA were correlated (R2 = 0.55) and both showed large interannual and decadal-scale variations. The average FCA was significantly higher for the second half of the time series (13.8%, 1997-2013) than for the first half (8.6%, 1979-1996). However, that does not seem to represent a long-term trend but decadal-scale oscillations. Cyanobacteria accumulations were common in the 1970s and early 1980s (FCA between 11-17%), but rare (FCA below 4%) during 1985-1990; they increased again starting in 1991 and particularly in 1999, reaching maxima in FCA (~ 25%) and TA (~ 210 000 km2) in 2005 and 2008. After 2008, FCA declined to more moderate levels (6-17%). The timing of the accumulations has become earlier in the season, at a mean rate of 0.6 days per year, resulting in approximately 20 days advancement during the study period. The interannual variations in FCA are positively correlated with the concentration of chlorophyll a during July-August sampled at the depth of ~ 5 m by a ship of opportunity, but interannual variations in FCA are more pronounced as the coefficient of variation is over 5 times higher.

  1. Time series satellite and ground-based data for detecting earthquake anomalies

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    Zoran, M. A.; Savastru, R. S.; Savastru, D. M.

    2014-10-01

    Earthquake science has entered a new era with the development of space-based technologies to measure surface geophysical parameters and deformation at the boundaries of tectonic plates and large faults. Satellite time-series data, coupled with ground based observations where available, can enable scientists to survey pre-earthquake signals in the areas of strong tectonic activity. Cumulative stress energy in seismic active regions under operating tectonic force manifests various earthquakes' precursors. Space-time anomalies of Earth's emitted radiation (thermal infrared in spectral range measured from satellite months to weeks before the occurrence of earthquakes, radon in underground water and soil, etc.), and electromagnetic anomalies are considered as pre-seismic signals. Vrancea tectonic active zone in Romania is characterized by a high seismic hazard in European- Mediterranean region, being responsible of intermediate depth and normal earthquakes generation on a confined epicentral area.Anomaly detection is extremely important for forecasting the date, location and magnitude of an impending earthquake. This paper presents observations made using in-situ data and time series MODIS and NOAA-AVHRR satellite data for derived multi geophysical parameters (land surface temperature -LST, outgoing long-wave radiation- OLR, net surface latent heat flux (LHF) and mean air temperature- AT for some seismic events recorded in Vrancea region in Romania, which is one of the most active intracontinental seismic areas in Europe. Starting with almost one week prior to a moderate or strong earthquake a transient thermal infrared rise in LST of several Celsius degrees (°C) and the increased OLR values higher than the normal have been recorded around epicentral areas, function of the magnitude and focal depth, which disappeared after the main shock.

  2. Correcting incompatible DN values and geometric errors in nighttime lights time series images

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    Zhao, Naizhuo; Zhou, Yuyu; Samson, Eric L.

    2014-09-19

    The Defense Meteorological Satellite Program’s Operational Linescan System (DMSP-OLS) nighttime lights imagery has proven to be a powerful remote sensing tool to monitor urbanization and assess socioeconomic activities at large scales. However, the existence of incompatible digital number (DN) values and geometric errors severely limit application of nighttime light image data on multi-year quantitative research. In this study we extend and improve previous studies on inter-calibrating nighttime lights image data to obtain more compatible and reliable nighttime lights time series (NLT) image data for China and the United States (US) through four steps: inter-calibration, geometric correction, steady increase adjustment, and population data correction. We then use gross domestic product (GDP) data to test the processed NLT image data indirectly and find that sum light (summed DN value of pixels in a nighttime light image) maintains apparent increase trends with relatively large GDP growth rates but does not increase or decrease with relatively small GDP growth rates. As nighttime light is a sensitive indicator for economic activity, the temporally consistent trends between sum light and GDP growth rate imply that brightness of nighttime lights on the ground is correctly represented by the processed NLT image data. Finally, through analyzing the corrected NLT image data from 1992 to 2008, we find that China experienced apparent nighttime lights development in 1992-1997 and 2001-2008 respectively and the US suffered from nighttime lights decay in large areas after 2001.

  3. Watershed transformation of time series of medical thermal images

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    Paulus, Dietrich W.; Greiner, Torsten; Knuevener, Christian

    1995-10-01

    In this paper, we demonstrate how the watershed transform can be applied to series of thermal medical images to compute important features for physiological interpretation. Automatic physiological analysis of neural features can thereby be shown which was not possible otherwise. The transform as described in the literature has some minor algorithmic errors and inconsistencies which usually cause little trouble. These problems occur on flat plateaus where no unique watershed can be detected. After a short formal description of the transform we describe and eliminate these deficiencies and introduce a modified segmentation method which handles these plateaus as expected intuitively. In our particular medical applications, visible differences of the new segmentation with respect to the old one can be noticed. We contrast our results to those obtained by the detection of isothermic regions. Features of the segmented regions are evaluated as a function of time and used for medical and physiological interpretation. An outlook describes current research in sensor fusion of visual and thermal images for medical research.

  4. TerraLook: GIS-Ready Time-Series of Satellite Imagery for Monitoring Change

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    U.S. Geological Survey

    2008-01-01

    TerraLook is a joint project of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) with a goal of providing satellite images that anyone can use to see changes in the Earth's surface over time. Each TerraLook product is a user-specified collection of satellite images selected from imagery archived at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. Images are bundled with standards-compliant metadata, a world file, and an outline of each image's ground footprint, enabling their use in geographic information systems (GIS), image processing software, and Web mapping applications. TerraLook images are available through the USGS Global Visualization Viewer (http://glovis.usgs.gov).

  5. Trend analysis of time-series phenology derived from satellite data

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    Reed, B.C.; Brown, J.F.

    2005-01-01

    Remote sensing information has been used in studies of the seasonal dynamics (phenology) of the land surface for the past 15 years. While our understanding of remote sensing phenology is still in development, it is regarded as a key to understanding land surface processes over large areas. Repeat observations from satellite-borne multispectral sensors provide a mechanism to move from plant-specific to regional scale studies of phenology. In addition, we now have sufficient time-series (since 1982 at 8-km resolution covering the globe and since 1989 at 1-km resolution over the conterminous US) to study seasonal and interannual trends from satellite data. Phenology metrics including start of season, end of season, duration of season, and seasonally integrated greenness were derived from 8 km AVHRR data over North America spanning the years 1982-2003. Trend analysis was performed on the annual summaries of the metrics to determine areas with increasing or decreasing trends for the time period under study. Results show only small areas of changing start of season, but the end of season is coming later over well defined areas of New England and SE Canada, principally as a result of land use changes. The total greenness metric is most striking at the shrub/tundra boundary of North America, indicating increasing vegetation vigor or possible vegetation conversion as a result of warming. ?? 2005 IEEE.

  6. A robust anomaly based change detection method for time-series remote sensing images

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    Shoujing, Yin; Qiao, Wang; Chuanqing, Wu; Xiaoling, Chen; Wandong, Ma; Huiqin, Mao

    2014-03-01

    Time-series remote sensing images record changes happening on the earth surface, which include not only abnormal changes like human activities and emergencies (e.g. fire, drought, insect pest etc.), but also changes caused by vegetation phenology and climate changes. Yet, challenges occur in analyzing global environment changes and even the internal forces. This paper proposes a robust Anomaly Based Change Detection method (ABCD) for time-series images analysis by detecting abnormal points in data sets, which do not need to follow a normal distribution. With ABCD we can detect when and where changes occur, which is the prerequisite condition of global change studies. ABCD was tested initially with 10-day SPOT VGT NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) times series tracking land cover type changes, seasonality and noise, then validated to real data in a large area in Jiangxi, south of China. Initial results show that ABCD can precisely detect spatial and temporal changes from long time series images rapidly.

  7. Space Monitoring of air pollution using satellite time series: from a global view down to local scale

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    Lanorte, Antonio; Aromando, Angelo; Desantis, Fortunato; Lasaponara, Rosa

    2013-04-01

    Assessment of air pollution has been performed by different means over the years and, recently, the use of satellite data for detecting and monitoring atmospheric pollution has received considerable attention especially for application in industrial and urban areas. Methods based on satellite data (such as Landsat TM, SPOT MODIS images) are focused on the estimation of aerosol optical thickness (AOT) that is a measure of aerosol loading in the atmosphere, and therefore, it is considered as the main significant parameter of the presence/absence of atmospheric pollutants. A higher AOT value expresses the degree to which aerosols prevent the transmission of light, therefore, higher columnar of aerosol loading means lower visibility and higher aerosol concentration Several state-of-art aerosol retrieval techniques provide aerosol properties in global scale, as for example products from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board the Earth Observing System (EOS) Terra and Aqua satellites. The current aerosol optical thickness (AOT) products from MODIS (available free of charge by the NASA web site) is 10 km. This product is suitable for global research, but it faces difficulty in local area research, especially in urban areas However, new aerosol retrieval algorithm for the (MODIS) 500m resolution data have been developed to retrieve aerosol properties over land, which helps on addressing the aerosol climatic issues in local/urban scale. Over the years, several algorithms for determining the aerosol optical thickness have been developed using several approaches and satellite sensors including medium (Landsat; ASTER) and high resolution imagery (IKONOS and Quickbird). A comparison of results from these methods and independent data sets has been performed in the Basilicata region in the framework of the MITRA project (ref). This research activity was conducted in order to analyze their temporal dynamics and reliability for systematically using them in operative applications. Next step of the project is oriented towards the identification, on the basis of satellite time series, of critical levels of the major atmospheric pollutants

  8. Spatiotemporal Mining of Time-Series Remote Sensing Images Based on Sequential Pattern Mining

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    Liu, H. C.; He, G. J.; Zhang, X. M.; Jiang, W.; Ling, S. G.

    2015-07-01

    With the continuous development of satellite techniques, it is now possible to acquire a regular series of images concerning a given geographical zone with both high accuracy and low cost. Research on how best to effectively process huge volumes of observational data obtained on different dates for a specific geographical zone, and to exploit the valuable information regarding land cover contained in these images has received increasing interest from the remote sensing community. In contrast to traditional land cover change measures using pair-wise comparisons that emphasize the compositional or configurational changes between dates, this research focuses on the analysis of the temporal sequence of land cover dynamics, which refers to the succession of land cover types for a given area over more than two observational periods. Using a time series of classified Landsat images, ranging from 2006 to 2011, a sequential pattern mining method was extended to this spatiotemporal context to extract sets of connected pixels sharing similar temporal evolutions. The resultant sequential patterns could be selected (or not) based on the range of support values. These selected patterns were used to explore the spatial compositions and temporal evolutions of land cover change within the study region. Experimental results showed that continuous patterns that represent consistent land cover over time appeared as quite homogeneous zones, which agreed with our domain knowledge. Discontinuous patterns that represent land cover change trajectories were dominated by the transition from vegetation to bare land, especially during 2009-2010. This approach quantified land cover changes in terms of the percentage area affected and mapped the spatial distribution of these changes. Sequential pattern mining has been used for string mining or itemset mining in transactions analysis. The expected novel significance of this study is the generalization of the application of the sequential pattern mining method for capturing the spatial variability of landscape patterns, and their trajectories of change, to reveal information regarding process regularities with satellite imagery.

  9. Classification of time series of multispectral images with limited training data.

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    Demir, Begum; Bovolo, Francesca; Bruzzone, Lorenzo

    2013-08-01

    Image classification usually requires the availability of reliable reference data collected for the considered image to train supervised classifiers. Unfortunately when time series of images are considered, this is seldom possible because of the costs associated with reference data collection. In most of the applications it is realistic to have reference data available for one or few images of a time series acquired on the area of interest. In this paper, we present a novel system for automatically classifying image time series that takes advantage of image(s) with an associated reference information (i.e., the source domain) to classify image(s) for which reference information is not available (i.e., the target domain). The proposed system exploits the already available knowledge on the source domain and, when possible, integrates it with a minimum amount of new labeled data for the target domain. In addition, it is able to handle possible significant differences between statistical distributions of the source and target domains. Here, the method is presented in the context of classification of remote sensing image time series, where ground reference data collection is a highly critical and demanding task. Experimental results show the effectiveness of the proposed technique. The method can work on multimodal (e.g., multispectral) images. PMID:23743777

  10. Time Series Satellite And In-SITU Monitoring Data For Climate Fluctuations And Seismic Precursors Assessment

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    Zoran, Maria; Savstru, Roxana; Savastru, Dan

    2013-12-01

    Results of recent investigations suggest that climate change tends to exacerbate geo-disasters like as earthquake events. Earthquake science has entered a new era with the development of space-based technologies to measure surface geophysical parameters and deformation at the boundaries of tectonic plates and large faults. This paper presents observations made using time series NOAA-AVHRR and MODIS satellite data-derived land surface temperature (LST) and outgoing long-wave radiation (OLR) values in case of 27th 2004 earthquake recorded in seismic active Vrancea region, Romania, using anomalous TIR signals as reflected in LST rise and high OLR values which followed similar growth pattern spatially and temporally. Starting with almost one week prior to a moderate or strong earthquake a transient thermal infrared rise in LST of several Celsius degrees (oC) and the increased OLR values higher than the normal have been recorded around epicentral areas, function of the magnitude and focal depth, which disappeared after the main shock.

  11. Fifteen-Year Global Time Series of Satellite-Derived Fine Particulate Matter

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    Boys, B. L.; Martin, R. V.; van Donkelaar, A.; MacDonell, R. J.; Hsu, N. C.; Cooper, M. J.; Yantosca, R. M.; Lu, Z.; Streets, D. G.; Zhang, Q.; Wang, S. W.

    2014-10-07

    Ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is a leading environmental risk factor for premature mortality. We use aerosol optical depth (AOD) retrieved from two satellite instruments, MISR and SeaWiFS, to produce a unified 15-year global time series (1998-2012) of ground-level PM2.5 concentration at a resolution of 1 degrees x 1 degrees. The GEOS-Chem chemical transport model (CTM) is used to relate each individual AOD retrieval to ground-level PM2.5. Four broad areas showing significant, spatially coherent, annual trends are examined in detail: the Eastern U.S. (-0.39 +/- 0.10 mu g m(-3) yr(-1)), the Arabian Peninsula (0.81 +/- 0.21 mu g m(-3) yr(-1)), South Asia (0.93 +/- 0.22 mu g m(-3) yr(-1)) and East Asia (0.79 +/- 0.27 mu g m(-3) yr(-1)). Over the period of dense in situ observation (1999-2012), the linear tendency for the Eastern U.S. (-0.37 +/- 0.13 mu g m(-3) yr(-1)) agrees well with that from in situ measurements (-0.38 +/- 0.06 mu g m(-3) yr(-1)). A GEOS-Chem simulation reveals that secondary inorganic aerosols largely explain the observed PM2.5 trend over the Eastern U.S., South Asia, and East Asia, while mineral dust largely explains the observed trend over the Arabian Peninsula.

  12. Using satellite time series for remote sensing based investigations of ancient acqueduct systems: the case of the Nasca puquios

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    Lasaponara, R.; Masini, N.

    2012-04-01

    Satellite time series can provide valuable information to reconstruct ancient environmental changes, still fossilized in the present landscape. In particular, satellite derived moisture content and moisture patter variations over the seasons and years may facilitate the identification of areas involved in early environmental manipulation. Up to now, only a few number of archaeological studies on spatial patterns of moisture have been carried out through the world using satellite optical data. We focus on Landsat and ASTER multitemporal data acquired for some areas near Nasca basin (Peru) to extract information on ancient irrigation systems and artificial wet agro-ecosystems. The study area is particularly interesting mainly because it was populated since millennia ago despite its drought and critical environment conditions presented serious obstacles to human occupation. Considering this extreme drought, which characterizes this area today as several centuries ago, ancient populations of the Nasca River valley devised an efficient system for retrieval water and to face the drought conditions. This system was based on underground aqueducts called puquios, which in part are still used today. Archaeological record put in evidence that during the Nasca flourishing period, the number and spatial distribution of puquios were larger than today. On the basis of satellite multitemporal moisture maps, Unknown puquios were identified and confirmed by ground survey. This information can be a basic The successful results achieved in the Nasca Basin area may be also rejoined in similar environmental conditions (in Meso-America, Middle East, North Africa, Asia) where ancient populations devised aqueducts to face drought and retrieve water for domestic, ritual and agricultural needs. Reference Lasaponara R., Masini N., Following the Ancient Nasca Puquios from Space, in Lasaponara R. and Masini N. (Eds), Satellite Remote Sensing: A New Tool for Archaeology (Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing), Springer, ISBN: 9048188008, pp. 269-290.

  13. Satellite time-series data for vegetation phenology detection and environmental assessment in Southeast Asia

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    Suepa, Tanita

    The relationship between temporal and spatial data is considered the major advantage of remote sensing in research related to biophysical characteristics. With temporally formatted remote sensing products, it is possible to monitor environmental changes as well as global climate change through time and space by analyzing vegetation phenology. Although a number of different methods have been developed to determine the seasonal cycle using time series of vegetation indices, these methods were not designed to explore and monitor changes and trends of vegetation phenology in Southeast Asia (SEA). SEA is adversely affected by impacts of climate change, which causes considerable environmental problems, and the increase in agricultural land conversion and intensification also adds to those problems. Consequently, exploring and monitoring phenological change and environmental impacts are necessary for a better understanding of the ecosystem dynamics and environmental change in this region. This research aimed to investigate inter-annual variability of vegetation phenology and rainfall seasonality, analyze the possible drivers of phenological changes from both climatic and anthropogenic factors, assess the environmental impacts in agricultural areas, and develop an enhanced visualization method for phenological information dissemination. In this research, spatio-temporal patterns of vegetation phenology were analyzed by using MODIS-EVI time series data over the period of 2001-2010. Rainfall seasonality was derived from TRMM daily rainfall rate. Additionally, this research assessed environmental impacts of GHG emissions by using the environmental model (DNDC) to quantify emissions from rice fields in Thailand. Furthermore, a web mapping application was developed to present the output of phenological and environmental analysis with interactive functions. The results revealed that satellite time-series data provided a great opportunity to study regional vegetation variability and internal climatic fluctuation. The EVI and phenological patterns varied spatially according to climate variations and human management. The overall regional mean EVI value in SEA from 2001 to 2010 has gradually decreased and phenological trends appeared to shift towards a later and slightly longer growing season. Regional vegetation dynamics over SEA exhibited patterns associated with major climate events such as El Nino in 2005. The rainy season tended to start early and end late and the length of rainy season was slightly longer. However, the amount of rainfall has decreased from 2001 to 2010. The relationship between phenology and rainfall varied among different ecosystems. Additionally, the local scale results indicated that rainfall is a dominant force of phenological changes in naturally vegetated areas and rainfed croplands, whereas human management is a key factor in heavily agricultural areas with irrigated systems. The results of estimating GHG emissions from rice fields in Thailand demonstrated that human management, climate variation, and physical geography had a significant influence on the change in GHG emissions. In addition, the complexity of spatio-temporal patterns in phenology and related variables were displayed on the visualization system with effective functions and an interactive interface. The information and knowledge in this research are useful for local and regional environmental management and for identifying mitigation strategies in the context of climate change and ecosystem dynamics in this region.

  14. Fifteen-Year Global Time Series of Satellite-Derived Fine Particulate Matter

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    Boys, B. L.; Martin, R. V.; von Donkelaar, A.; MacDonnell, R. J.; Hsu, N. C.; Cooper, M. J.; Yantosca, R. M.; Lu, Z.; Streets, D. G.; Zhang, Q.; Wang, S. W.

    2014-01-01

    Ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) is a leading environmental risk factor for premature mortality. We use aerosol optical depth (AOD) retrieved from two satellite instruments, MISR and SeaWiFS, to produce a unified 15-year global time series (1998-2012) of ground-level PM2.5 concentration at a resolution of 1deg x 1deg. The GEOS-Chem chemical transport model (CTM) is used to relate each individual AOD retrieval to ground-level PM2.5. Four broad areas showing significant, spatially coherent, annual trends are examined in detail: the Eastern U.S. (-0.39 +/- 0.10 micro-g/cu m/yr), the Arabian Peninsula (0.81 +/- 0.21 micro-g/cu m/yr), South Asia (0.93 +/- 0.22 micro-g/cu m/yr) and East Asia (0.79 +/- 0.27 micro-g/cu m/yr). Over the period of dense in situ observation (1999- 2012), the linear tendency for the Eastern U.S. (-0.37 +/- 0.13 micro-g/cu m/yr) agrees well with that from in situ measurements (-0.38 +/- 0.06 micro-g/cu m/yr). A GEOS-Chem simulation reveals that secondary inorganic aerosols largely explain the observed PM2.5 trend over the Eastern U.S., South Asia, and East Asia, while mineral dust largely explains the observed trend over the Arabian Peninsula.

  15. Tools for Generating Useful Time-series Data from PhenoCam Images

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    Milliman, T. E.; Friedl, M. A.; Frolking, S.; Hufkens, K.; Klosterman, S.; Richardson, A. D.; Toomey, M. P.

    2012-12-01

    The PhenoCam project (http://phenocam.unh.edu/) is tasked with acquiring, processing, and archiving digital repeat photography to be used for scientific studies of vegetation phenological processes. Over the past 5 years the PhenoCam project has collected over 2 million time series images for a total over 700 GB of image data. Several papers have been published describing derived "vegetation indices" (such as green-chromatic-coordinate or gcc) which can be compared to standard measures such as NDVI or EVI. Imagery from our archive is available for download but converting series of images for a particular camera into useful scientific data, while simple in principle, is complicated by a variety of factors. Cameras are often exposed to harsh weather conditions (high wind, rain, ice, snow pile up), which result in images where the field of view (FOV) is partially obscured or completely blocked for periods of time. The FOV can also change for other reasons (mount failures, tower maintenance, etc.) Some of the relatively inexpensive cameras that are being used can also temporarily lose color balance or exposure controls resulting in loss of imagery. All these factors negatively influence the automated analysis of the image time series making this a non-trivial task. Here we discuss the challenges of processing PhenoCam image time-series for vegetation monitoring and the associated data management tasks. We describe our current processing framework and a simple standardized output format for the resulting time-series data. The time-series data in this format will be generated for specific "regions of interest" (ROI's) for each of the cameras in the PhenoCam network. This standardized output (which will be updated daily) can be considered 'the pulse' of a particular camera and will provide a default phenological dynamic for said camera. The time-series data can also be viewed as a higher level product which can be used to generate "vegetation indices", like gcc, for phenological studies so that the details of processing the image series can be avoided. Our goal is to provide access to both the original time-series images and the derived ROI time-series data. The software tools for our processing chains and a description of their use will be made available to the wider scientific community.

  16. Reconstruction of SO2 emission height time-series and plume age using a combination of satellite imagery, volcanic tremor and back trajectory modelling at Mt. Etna

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    Pardini, Federica; Burton, Mike; Salerno, Giuseppe; Merucci, Luca; Corradini, Stefano; Barsotti, Sara; de'Michieli Vitturi, Mattia; di Grazia, Giuseppe

    2015-04-01

    While much work has focused on detection of volcanic gas emissions from space, relatively little progress has been made on examining volcanic processes using satellite measurements of volcanic plumes. In theory, much information can be derived regarding the temporal evolution of an eruption from a single image of an eruption plume. This information could be used to constrain models of magma chamber emptying, and comparison with InSAR measurements of syn-eruptive deflation. The over-arching goal of the work presented here therefore is SO2 flux time-series reconstruction using satellite imagery of SO2 in volcanic plumes. One of the major sources of uncertainty in the determination of SO2 abundances from satellite imagery is the plume height, and so we have focused on the development of a robust procedure that allows us to make accurate reconstructions of plume height time series. Starting from satellite images of SO2 emitted from Mt. Etna, Italy, we identified specific pixels where SO2 was detected and utilized the HYSPLIT Lagrangian back-trajectory model in order to retrieve the emission height and time of the eruption column over the volcano. The results have been refined using a probabilistic approach that allows calculation of the most probable emission height range. Previous work has highlighted that volcanic tremor is strongly connected to eruption intensity, and therefore, potentially to plume height. We therefore examined the relationship between volcanic tremor measured on Etna with our derived plume height time series. We discovered a relatively good agreement between the time series, suggesting that the physical processes controlling both the distribution of SO2 in the atmosphere and the intensity of volcanic tremor are strongly coupled, through the explosivity of the eruptive activity. The synthesis of volcanic tremor and derived plume heights is a novel new approach, and opens the possibility of more quantitative analysis of SO2 amounts in satellite imagery, and deeper insights into the volcanological processes driving eruptive activity.

  17. Image/Time Series Mining Algorithms: Applications to Developmental Biology, Document Processing and Data Streams

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    Tataw, Oben Moses

    2013-01-01

    Interdisciplinary research in computer science requires the development of computational techniques for practical application in different domains. This usually requires careful integration of different areas of technical expertise. This dissertation presents image and time series analysis algorithms, with practical interdisciplinary applications…

  18. Image/Time Series Mining Algorithms: Applications to Developmental Biology, Document Processing and Data Streams

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    Tataw, Oben Moses

    2013-01-01

    Interdisciplinary research in computer science requires the development of computational techniques for practical application in different domains. This usually requires careful integration of different areas of technical expertise. This dissertation presents image and time series analysis algorithms, with practical interdisciplinary applications…

  19. Mapping the extent of abandoned farmland in Central and Eastern Europe using MODIS time series satellite data

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    Alcantara, Camilo; Kuemmerle, Tobias; Baumann, Matthias; Bragina, Eugenia V.; Griffiths, Patrick; Hostert, Patrick; Knorn, Jan; Müller, Daniel; Prishchepov, Alexander V.; Schierhorn, Florian; Sieber, Anika; Radeloff, Volker C.

    2013-09-01

    The demand for agricultural products continues to grow rapidly, but further agricultural expansion entails substantial environmental costs, making recultivating currently unused farmland an interesting alternative. The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 led to widespread abandonment of agricultural lands, but the extent and spatial patterns of abandonment are unclear. We quantified the extent of abandoned farmland, both croplands and pastures, across the region using MODIS NDVI satellite image time series from 2004 to 2006 and support vector machine classifications. Abandoned farmland was widespread, totaling 52.5 Mha, particularly in temperate European Russia (32 Mha), northern and western Ukraine, and Belarus. Differences in abandonment rates among countries were striking, suggesting that institutional and socio-economic factors were more important in determining the amount of abandonment than biophysical conditions. Indeed, much abandoned farmland occurred in areas without major constraints for agriculture. Our map provides a basis for assessing the potential of Central and Eastern Europe’s abandoned agricultural lands to contribute to food or bioenergy production, or carbon storage, as well as the environmental trade-offs and social constraints of recultivation.

  20. On the use of satellite VEGETATION time series for monitoring post fire vegetation recovery

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    de Santis, F.; Didonna, I.

    2009-04-01

    Fire is one of the most critical factors of disturbance in worldwide ecosystems. The effects of fires on soil, plants, landscape and ecosystems depend on many factors, among them fire frequency, fire severity and plant resistance. The characterization of vegetation post-fire behaviour is a fundamental issue to model and evaluate the fire resilience, which the ability of vegetation to recover after fire. Recent changes in fire regime, due to abandonment of local land use practice and climate change, can induce significant variations in vegetation fire resilience. In the Mediterranean-type communities, post fire vegetation trends have been analysed in a wide range of habitats, although pre- and post-fire investigation has been widely performed at stand level. But, factors controlling regeneration at the landscape scale are less well known. In this study, a time series of normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data derived from SPOT-VEGETATION was used to examine the recovery characteristics of fire affected vegetation in some test areas of the Mediterranean ecosystems of Southern Italy. The vegetation indices operate by contrasting intense chlorophyll pigment absorption in the red against the high reflectance of leaf mesophyll in the near infrared. SPOT-VEGETATION Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) data from 1998 to 2005 were analyzed in order to evaluate the resilient effects in a some significant test sites of southern Italy. In particular, we considered: (i) one stable area site, one site affected by one fire during the investigated time window, (iii) one site affected by two consecutive fires during the investigated time window. In order to eliminate the phenological fluctuations, for each decadal composition of each pixel, we focused on the departure NDVId = [NDVI - ]/?, where is the decadal mean and ? is the decadal standard deviation. The decadal mean and the standard deviation were calculated for each decade, e.g. 1st decade of January, by averaging over all years in the record. We analyzed both: 1) Time variation of NDVI from 1998 to 2005 of pixels for the fire affected and fire unaffected areas. 2) Post-fire NDVI spatial patterns on each image date were compared to the pre-fire pattern to determine the extent to which the pre-fire pattern was re-established, and the rate of this recovery. Results show the ability of vegetation to recovery after a single fire. Nevertheless, such ability can be strongly reduced by successive fires. The recursive fire occurrence can significantly diminish the green biomass especially when disturbances occur at short intervals of time.

  1. A tool for NDVI time series extraction from wide-swath remotely sensed images

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    Li, Zhishan; Shi, Runhe; Zhou, Cong

    2015-09-01

    Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) is one of the most widely used indicators for monitoring the vegetation coverage in land surface. The time series features of NDVI are capable of reflecting dynamic changes of various ecosystems. Calculating NDVI via Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) and other wide-swath remotely sensed images provides an important way to monitor the spatial and temporal characteristics of large-scale NDVI. However, difficulties are still existed for ecologists to extract such information correctly and efficiently because of the problems in several professional processes on the original remote sensing images including radiometric calibration, geometric correction, multiple data composition and curve smoothing. In this study, we developed an efficient and convenient online toolbox for non-remote sensing professionals who want to extract NDVI time series with a friendly graphic user interface. It is based on Java Web and Web GIS technically. Moreover, Struts, Spring and Hibernate frameworks (SSH) are integrated in the system for the purpose of easy maintenance and expansion. Latitude, longitude and time period are the key inputs that users need to provide, and the NDVI time series are calculated automatically.

  2. Mapping crop key phenological stages in the North China Plain using NOAA time series images

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    Xin, Jingfeng; Yu, Zhenrong; van Leeuwen, Louise; Driessen, Paul M.

    2002-11-01

    Six key phenological stages were defined based on NOAA/AVHRR NDVI time series data collected in the Huang-Huai-Hai (HHH) Plain of China from 1990 through 2000. In a winter wheat-summer maize rotation, the recovering, heading and maturity stages of winter wheat and the emergence, tasseling and maturity stages of summer maize were recorded using 6 km resolution 10-day composite NDVI. The satellite-derived data proved to be consistent with the 'green wave' moving through the HHH Plain in spring. The recovering stage of winter wheat recorded by satellite was closely correlated to the temperatures measured in February whereas summer maize yields (at zone level) were correlated well with the satellite-derived length of the crop cycle. Comparison with synchronous phenological observations on the ground confirmed the coherence of satellite-derived phenology data. It is expected that satellite data with greater spatial and temporal resolutions and improved smoothing methods will increase the precision of the estimated data still further.

  3. DAHITI - an innovative approach for estimating water level time series over inland waters using multi-mission satellite altimetry

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    Schwatke, C.; Dettmering, D.; Bosch, W.; Seitz, F.

    2015-10-01

    Satellite altimetry has been designed for sea level monitoring over open ocean areas. However, for some years, this technology has also been used to retrieve water levels from reservoirs, wetlands and in general any inland water body, although the radar altimetry technique has been especially applied to rivers and lakes. In this paper, a new approach for the estimation of inland water level time series is described. It is used for the computation of time series of rivers and lakes available through the web service "Database for Hydrological Time Series over Inland Waters" (DAHITI). The new method is based on an extended outlier rejection and a Kalman filter approach incorporating cross-calibrated multi-mission altimeter data from Envisat, ERS-2, Jason-1, Jason-2, TOPEX/Poseidon, and SARAL/AltiKa, including their uncertainties. The paper presents water level time series for a variety of lakes and rivers in North and South America featuring different characteristics such as shape, lake extent, river width, and data coverage. A comprehensive validation is performed by comparisons with in situ gauge data and results from external inland altimeter databases. The new approach yields rms differences with respect to in situ data between 4 and 36 cm for lakes and 8 and 114 cm for rivers. For most study cases, more accurate height information than from other available altimeter databases can be achieved.

  4. Kalman filter approach for estimating water level time series over inland water using multi-mission satellite altimetry

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    Schwatke, C.; Dettmering, D.; Bosch, W.; Seitz, F.

    2015-05-01

    Satellite altimetry has been designed for sea level monitoring over open ocean areas. However, since some years, this technology is also used for observing inland water levels of lakes and rivers. In this paper, a new approach for the estimation of inland water level time series is described. It is used for the computation of time series available through the web service "Database for Hydrological Time Series over Inland Water" (DAHITI). The method is based on a Kalman filter approach incorporating multi-mission altimeter observations and their uncertainties. As input data, cross-calibrated altimeter data from Envisat, ERS-2, Jason-1, Jason-2, Topex/Poseidon, and SARAL/AltiKa are used. The paper presents water level time series for a variety of lakes and rivers in North and South America featuring different characteristics such as shape, lake extent, river width, and data coverage. A comprehensive validation is performed by comparison with in-situ gauge data and results from external inland altimeter databases. The new approach yields RMS differences with respect to in-situ data between 4 and 38 cm for lakes and 12 and 139 cm for rivers, respectively. For most study cases, more accurate height information than from available other altimeter data bases can be achieved.

  5. Use of spectral channels and vegetation indices from satellite VEGETATION time series for the Post-Fire vegetation recovery estimation

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    Coluzzi, Rosa; Lasaponara, Rosa; Montesano, Tiziana; Lanorte, Antonio; de Santis, Fortunato

    2010-05-01

    Satellite data can help monitoring the dynamics of vegetation in burned and unburned areas. Several methods can be used to perform such kind of analysis. This paper is focused on the use of different satellite-based parameters for fire recovery monitoring. In particular, time series of single spectral channels and vegetation indices from SPOT-VEGETATION have investigated. The test areas is the Mediterranean ecosystems of Southern Italy. For this study we considered: 1) the most widely used index to follow the process of recovery after fire: normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) obtained from the visible (Red) and near infrared (NIR) by using the following formula NDVI = (NIR_Red)/(NIR + Red), 2) moisture index MSI obtained from the near infrared and Mir for characterization of leaf and canopy water content. 3) NDWI obtained from the near infrared and Mir as in the case of MSI, but with the normalization (as the NDVI) to reduce the atmospheric effects. All analysis for this work was performed on ten-daily normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) image composites (S10) from the SPOT- VEGETATION (VGT) sensor. The final data set consisted of 279 ten-daily, 1 km resolution NDVI S1O composites for the period 1 April 1998 to 31 December 2005 with additional surface reflectance values in the blue (B; 0.43-0.47,um), red (R; 0.61-0.68,um), near-infrared (NIR; 0.78-0.89,um) and shortwave-infrared (SWIR; 1.58-1.75,um) spectral bands, and information on the viewing geometry and pixel status. Preprocessing of the data was performed by the Vlaamse Instelling voor Technologisch Onderzoek (VITO) in the framework of the Global Vegetation Monitoring (GLOVEG) preprocessing chain. It consisted of the Simplified Method for Atmospheric Correction (SMAC) and compositing at ten-day intervals based on the Maximum Value Compositing (MVC) criterion. All the satellite time series were analysed using the Detrended Fluctuation Analysis (DFA) to estimate post fire vegetation recovery. The DFA is a well-known methodology, which allows the detectin of long-range power-law correlations in signals possibly characterized by non-stationarity, which features most of the observational and experimental signals. We analyzed time variation of both single channels and spectral indices from 1998 to 2005 of fire- affected and fire unaffected areas. In order to eliminate the seasonal and/or phenological fluctuations, for each decadal composition, we focused on the normalized departure: 1) NDVI; 2) NDWId, 3) MSId. Results from our analysis point out that the persistence of vegetation dynamics is significantly increased by the occurrence of fires. In particular, a scaling behavior of two classes of vegetation (burned and unburned) has been best revealed by NDVI. The estimated scaling exponents of both classes suggest a persistent character of the vegetation dynamics. But, the burned sites show much larger exponents than those calculated for the unburned sites. Small variations have been observed between the estimated scaling exponents of both fire-affected and fire-unaffected areas.

  6. Shifts in Arctic phenology in response to climate and anthropogenic factors as detected from multiple satellite time series

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    Zeng, Heqing; Jia, Gensuo; Forbes, Bruce C.

    2013-09-01

    There is an urgent need to reduce the uncertainties in remotely sensed detection of phenological shifts of high latitude ecosystems in response to climate changes in past decades. In this study, vegetation phenology in western Arctic Russia (the Yamal Peninsula) was investigated by analyzing and comparing Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) time series derived from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR), the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), and SPOT-Vegetation (VGT) during the decade 2000-2010. The spatial patterns of key phenological parameters were highly heterogeneous along the latitudinal gradients based on multi-satellite data. There was earlier SOS (start of the growing season), later EOS (end of the growing season), longer LOS (length of the growing season), and greater MaxNDVI from north to south in the region. The results based on MODIS and VGT data showed similar trends in phenological changes from 2000 to 2010, while quite a different trend was found based on AVHRR data from 2000 to 2008. A significantly delayed EOS (p < 0.01), thus increasing the LOS, was found from AVHRR data, while no similar trends were detected from MODIS and VGT data. There were no obvious shifts in MaxNDVI during the last decade. MODIS and VGT data were considered to be preferred data for monitoring vegetation phenology in northern high latitudes. Temperature is still a key factor controlling spatial phenological gradients and variability, while anthropogenic factors (reindeer husbandry and resource exploitation) might explain the delayed SOS in southern Yamal. Continuous environmental damage could trigger a positive feedback to the delayed SOS.

  7. Measuring Mars Sand Flux Seasonality from a Time Series of Hirise Images

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    Ayoub, F.; Avouac, J.; Bridges, N. T.; Leprince, S.; Lucas, A.

    2012-12-01

    The volumetric transport rate of sand, or flux, is a fundamental quantity that relates to the rate of landscape evolution through surface deposition and erosion. Measuring this quantity on Mars is particularly relevant as wind is the dominant geomorphic agent active at present on the planet. Measuring sand flux on Mars has been made possible thanks to the availability of times series of high resolution images acquired by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) and precise image registration and correlation methods which permits the quantification of movement to sub-pixel precision. In this study, focused on the Nili Patera dune field, we first measured the migration rate of sand ripples and dune lee fronts over 105 days, using a pair of HiRISE images acquired in 2007, correlated and co-registered with COSI-Corr. From these measurements and the estimation of the ripple and dune heights, we derived the reptation and saltation sand fluxes. We next applied the same methodology to a time-series of eight images acquired in 2010-2011 covering one Mars year. Pairs of sequential images, were processed with COSI-Corr yielding a times series of 8 displacement maps. A Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was applied to the time-series to quantify more robustly the time evolution of the signal and filter out noise, in particular due to misalignment of CCDs. Using the first two components, which account for 84% of the variance, the seasonal variation of the ripple migration rate was estimated. We clearly observe continuously active migration throughout the year with a strong seasonal quasi-sinusoidal variation which peaks at perihelion. Ripple displacement orientation is stable in time, toward ~N115°E. The wind direction is thus relatively constant in this area, a finding consistent with the barchan morphology and orientation of the dunes. The dataset require that sand moving winds must occur daily to weekly throughout the year. The amplitude of the seasonal variation is about twice the mean signal.

  8. Comparison of time-series registration methods in breast dynamic infrared imaging

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    Riyahi-Alam, S.; Agostini, V.; Molinari, F.; Knaflitz, M.

    2015-03-01

    Automated motion reduction in dynamic infrared imaging is on demand in clinical applications, since movement disarranges time-temperature series of each pixel, thus originating thermal artifacts that might bias the clinical decision. All previously proposed registration methods are feature based algorithms requiring manual intervention. The aim of this work is to optimize the registration strategy specifically for Breast Dynamic Infrared Imaging and to make it user-independent. We implemented and evaluated 3 different 3D time-series registration methods: 1. Linear affine, 2. Non-linear Bspline, 3. Demons applied to 12 datasets of healthy breast thermal images. The results are evaluated through normalized mutual information with average values of 0.70 ±0.03, 0.74 ±0.03 and 0.81 ±0.09 (out of 1) for Affine, Bspline and Demons registration, respectively, as well as breast boundary overlap and Jacobian determinant of the deformation field. The statistical analysis of the results showed that symmetric diffeomorphic Demons' registration method outperforms also with the best breast alignment and non-negative Jacobian values which guarantee image similarity and anatomical consistency of the transformation, due to homologous forces enforcing the pixel geometric disparities to be shortened on all the frames. We propose Demons' registration as an effective technique for time-series dynamic infrared registration, to stabilize the local temperature oscillation.

  9. Anomalous transient uplift observed at the Lop Nor, China nuclear test site using satellite radar interferometry time-series analysis

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    Vincent, P.; Buckley, S. M.; Yang, D.; Carle, S. F.

    2011-12-01

    Anomalous uplift is observed at the Lop Nor, China nuclear test site using ERS satellite SAR data. Using an InSAR time-series analysis method, we show that an increase in absolute uplift with time is observed between 1997 and 1999. The signal is collocated with past underground nuclear tests. Due to the collocation in space with past underground tests we postulate a nuclear test-related hydrothermal source for the uplift signal. A possible mechanism is presented that can account for the observed transient uplift and is consistent with documented thermal regimes associated with underground nuclear tests conducted at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) (formerly the Nevada Test Site).

  10. DORIS satellite antenna maps derived from long-term residuals time series

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    Willis, Pascal R.; Desai, S. D.; Bertiger, W. I.; Haines, B. J.; Auriol, A.

    2004-01-01

    Recent studies have shown that phase pattern models for the Jason-1 GPS antenna significantly benefit GPS-based precise orbit determination (POD) for the satellite. We have used a similar technique to derive DORIS receiver antenna maps, using all available DORIS tracking data over long time periods (from 1993.0 to 2004.0). We demonstrate that the derived correction models are satellite specific. For a given satellite, year-to-year estimations show clear systematic patterns. Some of these systematic patterns are attributable to the derivative of the multi-path effects in the direction of the satellite velocity. For early SPOT data, the patterns can be explained by an offset in the TAI time tagging (typically 8 (mu)s). In a second step, we have applied the SPOT2 antenna correction models in precise orbit determination and in the positioning of ground beacons. Preliminary results on DORIS/SPOT2 show that application of the DORIS antenna maps lead to a slight improvement of the derived POD and geodetic results (typically less than 5%).

  11. Global distributions, time series and error characterization of atmospheric ammonia (NH3) from IASI satellite observations

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    Van Damme, M.; Clarisse, L.; Heald, C. L.; Hurtmans, D.; Ngadi, Y.; Clerbaux, C.; Dolman, A. J.; Erisman, J. W.; Coheur, P. F.

    2014-03-01

    Ammonia (NH3) emissions in the atmosphere have increased substantially over the past decades, largely because of intensive livestock production and use of fertilizers. As a short-lived species, NH3 is highly variable in the atmosphere and its concentration is generally small, except near local sources. While ground-based measurements are possible, they are challenging and sparse. Advanced infrared sounders in orbit have recently demonstrated their capability to measure NH3, offering a new tool to refine global and regional budgets. In this paper we describe an improved retrieval scheme of NH3 total columns from the measurements of the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI). It exploits the hyperspectral character of this instrument by using an extended spectral range (800-1200 cm-1) where NH3 is optically active. This scheme consists of the calculation of a dimensionless spectral index from the IASI level1C radiances, which is subsequently converted to a total NH3 column using look-up tables built from forward radiative transfer model simulations. We show how to retrieve the NH3 total columns from IASI quasi-globally and twice daily above both land and sea without large computational resources and with an improved detection limit. The retrieval also includes error characterization of the retrieved columns. Five years of IASI measurements (1 November 2007 to 31 October 2012) have been processed to acquire the first global and multiple-year data set of NH3 total columns, which are evaluated and compared to similar products from other retrieval methods. Spatial distributions from the five years data set are provided and analyzed at global and regional scales. In particular, we show the ability of this method to identify smaller emission sources than those previously reported, as well as transport patterns over the ocean. The five-year time series is further examined in terms of seasonality and interannual variability (in particular as a function of fire activity) separately for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

  12. Urban green spatio- temporal changes assessment through time-series satellite data

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    Zoran, Maria A.; Savastru, Roxana S.; Savastru, Dan M.; Tautan, Marina N.; Baschir, Laurentiu V.

    2015-10-01

    Understanding spatio-temporal changes of urban environments is essential for regional and local planning and environmental management. With the rapid changes of Bucharest city in Romania during past decades, green spaces have been fragmented and dispersed causing impairment and dysfunction of these urban elements. The main goal of this study is to address these tasks in synergy with in-situ data and new analytical methods. Spatio- temporal monitoring of urban vegetation land cover changes is important for policy decisions, regulatory actions and subsequent land use activities. This study explored the use of time-series MODIS Terra/Aqua Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), Leaf Area Index (LAI), Land Surface Temperature (LST) and evapotranspiration (ET) data to provide vegetation change detection information for metropolitan area of Bucharest. Training and validation are based on a reference dataset collected from IKONOS high resolution remote sensing data. The mean detection accuracy for period 2002- 2014 was assessed to be of 87%, with a reasonable balance between change commission errors (20.24%), change omission errors (25.65%), and Kappa coefficient of 0.72. Annual change detection rates across the urban/periurban areas over the study period (2002-2014) were estimated at 0.79% per annum in the range of 0.46% (2002) to 0.77% (2014).Vegetation dynamics in urban areas at seasonal and longer timescales reflect large-scale interactions between the terrestrial biosphere and the climate system. Extracted green space areas were further analyzed quantitatively in relation with air quality data and extreme climate events. The results have been analyzed in terms of environmental impacts and future climate trends.

  13. Detecting damage to coastal forests caused by the Tohoku earthquake in Japan using time-series remote sensing images

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    Kodani, Eiji; Nakamura, Katsunori; Sakamoto, Tomoki; Kimura, Koki

    2012-10-01

    The Tohoku earthquake of 2011 caused extensive damage to the coastal pine forest that protects inland areas from sea breezes. The tsunami uprooted, broke, and tilted the pine trees. In addition, subsequently, the leaves of coastal pine forest turned red and fell down after summer in 2011 in large areas. To detect damage to the coastal forest caused by the Tohoku earthquake, we analyzed time-series airborne orthophotos and high-resolution satellite image. After the earthquake, many coastal forests were washed away and there is no sign of coastal forest stands in the orthophotos. We compared orthophotos taken before and just after the earthquake by the Japan Geographical Survey Institute. We mapped the damaged forest in Aomori, Iwate, and Miyagi prefectures and classified the damage into three classes: extensive, moderate, and slight damage. We also obtained and high-resolution satellite image (DigitalGlobe, WorldView-2) observed after the summer in 2011. We surveyed the forest damage using field plots. We measured the damage of 50 - 60 trees in a circular plot. The tree damage was classified on a 0 to 10 point scale: a sound tree had 0 damage, while a tree with a completely damaged crown was scored 10. The most crown leaves of a tree scored 7-9 turned red and fell off. The average plots damage were calculated and a linear regression analysis was performed to compare the data for 21 field plots and satellite data. The coefficient of determination was large and we mapped the forest damage using satellite image.

  14. ANALYSIS OF YEAR 2002 SEASONAL FOREST DYNAMICS USING TIME SERIES IN SITU LAI MEASUREMENTS AND MODIS LAI SATELLITE PRODUCTS

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    Multitemporal satellite images are the standard basis for regional-scale land-cover (LC) change detection. However, embedded in the data are the confounding effects of vegetation dynamics (phenology). As photosynthetic vegetation progresses through its annual cycle, the spectral ...

  15. Identification of catchment functional units by time series of thermal remote sensing images

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    Müller, Benjamin; Bernhardt, Matthias; Schulz, Karsten

    2014-05-01

    The objective of this study is to demonstrate an approach, based on thermal infrared (TIR) time series data from remote sensing to identify hydrological response units (HRUs) concerning the land surface temperature (LST) within a given catchment without additional input data. For the meso-scale Attert catchment in midwestern Luxembourg, a time series of TIR images from ASTER is used to retrieve, identify and classify possible process based HRUs with mathematical-statistical pattern analysis techniques. These techniques comprise the use of coefficients of correlation and variation, as well as behavioural measures and principal component analysis. This new method will be compared to standard GIS based spatial information for HRU identification. The results highlight the capability of multi-temporal thermal remote sensing data to provide information that are time consuming to retrieve in sparsely monitored regions. Also, we demonstrate how multi-temporal temperature information is related to land cover or geology. Finally, we outline how this approach might support the planning of sensor networks within a catchment or the conceptualisation of a hydrological model.

  16. Identification of catchment functional units by time series of thermal remote sensing images

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    Müller, B.; Bernhardt, M.; Schulz, K.

    2014-06-01

    The identification of catchment functional behavior with regard to water and energy balance is an important step during the parameterization of land surface models. An approach based on time series of thermal infrared (TIR) data from remote sensing is developed and investigated to identify land surface functioning as is represented in the temporal dynamics of land surface temperature (LST). For the meso-scale Attert catchment in midwestern Luxembourg, a time series of 28 TIR images from ASTER was extracted and analyzed. The application mathematical-statistical pattern analysis techniques demonstrated a strong degree of pattern persistency in the data. Dominant LST patterns over a period of 12 years were extracted by a principal component analysis. Component values of the 2 most dominant components could be related for each land surface pixel to vegetation/land use data, and geology, respectively. A classification of the landscape by introducing "binary word", representing distinct differences in LST dynamics, allowed the separation into functional units under radiation driven conditions. It is further outlined that both information, component values from PCA as well as the functional units from "binary words" classification, will highly improve the conceptualization and parameterization of land surface models and the planning of observational networks within a catchment.

  17. Identification of catchment functional units by time series of thermal remote sensing images

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    Müller, B.; Bernhardt, M.; Schulz, K.

    2014-12-01

    The identification of catchment functional behavior with regards to water and energy balance is an important step during the parameterization of land surface models. An approach based on time series of thermal infrared (TIR) data from remote sensing is developed and investigated to identify land surface functioning as is represented in the temporal dynamics of land surface temperature (LST). For the mesoscale Attert catchment in midwestern Luxembourg, a time series of 28 TIR images from ASTER (Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) was extracted and analyzed, applying a novel process chain. First, the application of mathematical-statistical pattern analysis techniques demonstrated a strong degree of pattern persistency in the data. Dominant LST patterns over a period of 12 years were then extracted by a principal component analysis. Component values of the two most dominant components could be related for each land surface pixel to land use data and geology, respectively. The application of a data condensation technique ("binary words") extracting distinct differences in the LST dynamics allowed the separation into landscape units that show similar behavior under radiation-driven conditions. It is further outlined that both information component values from principal component analysis (PCA), as well as the functional units from the binary words classification, will highly improve the conceptualization and parameterization of land surface models and the planning of observational networks within a catchment.

  18. Global-scale analysis of satellite-derived time series of naturally inundated areas as a basis for floodplain modeling

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    Adam, L.; Döll, P.; Prigent, C.; Papa, F.

    2010-08-01

    Floodplains play an important role in the terrestrial water cycle and are very important for biodiversity. Therefore, an improved representation of the dynamics of floodplain water flows and storage in global hydrological and land surface models is required. To support model validation, we combined monthly time series of satellite-derived inundation areas (Papa et al., 2010) with data on irrigated rice areas (Portmann et al., 2010). In this way, we obtained global-scale time series of naturally inundated areas (NIA), with monthly values of inundation extent during 1993-2004 and a spatial resolution of 0.5°. For most grid cells (0.5°×0.5°), the mean annual maximum of NIA agrees well with the static open water extent of the Global Lakes and Wetlands database (GLWD) (Lehner and Döll, 2004), but in 16% of the cells NIA is larger than GLWD. In some regions, like Northwestern Europe, NIA clearly overestimates inundated areas, probably because of confounding very wet soils with inundated areas. In other areas, such as South Asia, it is likely that NIA can help to enhance GLWD. NIA data will be very useful for developing and validating a floodplain modeling algorithm for the global hydrological model WGHM. For example, we found that monthly NIAs correlate with observed river discharges.

  19. Time series analysis of satellite multi-sensors imagery to study the recursive abnormal grow of floating macrophyte in the lake victoria (central Africa)

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    Fusilli, Lorenzo; Cavalli, Rosa Maria; Laneve, Giovanni; Pignatti, Stefano; Santilli, Giancarlo; Santini, Federico

    2010-05-01

    Remote sensing allows multi-temporal mapping and monitoring of large water bodies. The importance of remote sensing for wetland and inland water inventory and monitoring at all scales was emphasized several times by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and from EU projects like SALMON and ROSALMA, e.g. by (Finlayson et al., 1999) and (Lowry and Finlayson, 2004). This paper aims at assessing the capability of time series of satellite imagery to provide information suitable for enhancing the understanding of the temporal cycles shown by the macrophytes growing in order to support the monitor and management of the lake Victoria water resources. The lake Victoria coastal areas are facing a number of challenges related to water resource management which include growing population, water scarcity, climate variability and water resource degradation, invasive species, water pollution. The proliferation of invasive plants and aquatic weeds, is of growing concern. In particular, let us recall some of the problems caused by the aquatic weeds growing: Ø interference with human activities such as fishing, and boating; Ø inhibition or interference with a balanced fish population; Ø fish killing due to removal of too much oxygen from the water; Ø production of quiet water areas that are ideal for mosquito breeding. In this context, an integrated use of medium/high resolution images from sensors like MODIS, ASTER, LANDSAT/TM and whenever available CHRIS offers the possibility of creating a congruent time series allowing the analysis of the floating vegetation dynamic on an extended temporal basis. Although MODIS imagery is acquired daily, cloudiness and other sources of noise can greatly reduce the effective temporal resolution, further its spatial resolution can results not always adequate to map the extension of floating plants. Therefore, the integrated use of sensors with different spatial resolution, were used to map across seasons the evolution of the phenomena. The integrated use of satellite resources allowed the estimate of the temporal variability of physical parameters that were used to i) sample the spatio-temporal distribution of the whole floating vegetation (i.e. native vegetation and weed) and ii) assess the seasonal recurrence of the abnormal weeds grow, as well as, their possible relation with the hydrological regimes of the rivers. The paper describes how the 2000 - 2009 MODIS images time series, were analysed (navigated and processed) to derive i) the map the floating vegetation on the test area and ii) identify the areas more interested by the growing iii) to discriminate, whenever possible, according to the spectral and spatial resolution of the sensor applied (i.e. LANDSAT, ASTER, CHRIS), the different vegetation species in order to discriminate the weeds from the floating vegetation. The spectral identification of the different species was performed by exploiting the results of a field campaign performed in the past along the Kenyan coastal areas devoted to define a data base of spectral signatures of the main species. Spectral information was treated to define indexes and spectral analysis procedure customized to multispectral high resolution satellite data. Moreover, the results of the images time series has been analysed to identify a possible definition of the temporal occurrence of the floating vegetation growing considering both the natural phenomenological cycles and the conditions related to the abnormal growing. These results, whenever related to ancillary hydrological information (e.g. the amount of rain), they have shown that the synergy of MODIS images time series with lower temporal frequency time series imagery is a powerful tool to monitor the lake Victoria ecosystem and to follow the floating vegetation extension and even to foresee the possibility to set up a model for the abnormal vegetation growing.

  20. Satellite-Derived Soil Moisture Data at NSIDC: Enabling Hydrologic Applications and Research through a Multi-Mission Time Series

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    Leon, A.; Leslie, S. R.; Khalsa, S.

    2013-12-01

    Terrestrial soil moisture plays a critical role in understanding the Earth's water and energy cycles, improving weather and climate forecasting, and developing disaster prediction and monitoring services. Through satellite remote sensing, we have the unique ability to detect global soil moisture at increasingly higher spatial scales. NASA and JAXA satellite missions have provided more than a decade of remotely-sensed soil moisture observations. This record began with AMSR-E in 2002 and will carry into the future with the 2014 launch of NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) instrument. Access to current and future NASA satellite-derived soil moisture data, including AMSR-E, AMSR2, Aquarius, and SMAP, is provided by the NASA Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). NSIDC also distributes field campaign data sets collected for validation of remotely-sensed measurements. In this presentation, we highlight and compare the soil moisture data that are and will be available at NSIDC, describing their temporal and spatial coverage, frequencies, resolutions, and data formats. Data Centers play an integral role in enabling multi-mission data discovery and usage through the value-adding services they provide. Through this presentation, we hope to also gain further insight into what tools, services, data formats, and/or metadata will enable the soil moisture community to more seamlessly and effectively utilize this valuable time series in their research and applications.

  1. Utilizing a Multi-sensor Satellite Time Series in Real-time Drought Monitoring Across the United States

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    Brown, J. F.; Miura, T.; Gu, Y.; Jenkerson, C.; Wardlow, B.

    2009-05-01

    Drought events frequently occur in the United States and result in billions of dollars of damage, often exceeding the costs of other weather-related hazards. Monitoring drought conditions is a necessary function of government agencies at State, Federal, and local levels as part of decision support for planning, risk management, and hazard mitigation activities. In partnership with the National Drought Mitigation Center, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency, and the High Plains Regional Climate Center, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center is developing an operational drought decision support tool with relatively higher spatial resolution (1 km2) than traditional drought monitoring maps. The Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI) is a geospatial model that integrates in-situ climate, satellite, and biophysical data, providing an indicator of canopy vegetation condition (or stress). The satellite data ingested into VegDRI are collected from daily polar-orbiting earth observing systems including the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS). These instruments provide regular synoptic measurements of land surface conditions in near-real time. In VegDRI, remote sensing data provide proxy information about the vegetation status (or health) related to climate-induced changes and are integrated with traditional drought indices based on in-situ climate observations. When merged, the two complementary sources of drought-related data provide a comprehensive and detailed picture of drought impacts across the landscape. A 20-year history of AVHRR time-series data produced over the U.S. at a 1 km2 resolution provides a historical context for monitoring drought conditions. However, the MODIS instrument has improved sensor characteristics designed for land surface monitoring. To seamlessly extend the multi-sensor NDVI data record, inter-sensor NDVI continuity/compatibility has been examined and appropriate adjustments, or multi- sensor translations, have been made to datasets by means of cross-calibration. The data translation equations were derived from an overlapping period of observations with geometric mean regressions to treat variations in both AVHRR and MODIS datasets equally. Since standard MODIS products are often not delivered quickly enough to aid operational decisions, USGS has designed a system based on a direct broadcast model called eMODIS. The eMODIS system at EROS provides the near-real time MODIS vegetation index data needed to supply VegDRI products on a schedule that meets the needs of the U.S. drought monitoring community, largely driven by the U.S. Drought Monitor and the National Integrated Drought Information System. The requirements of the community include providing synoptic indicators in a timely fashion and in an easy-to-interpret format for incorporation into the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map process.

  2. Constraints on surface deformation in the Seattle, WA, urban corridor from satellite radar interferometry time-series analysis

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    Finnegan, Noah J.; Pritchard, Mathew E.; Lohman, Rowena B.; Lundgren, Paul R.

    2008-07-01

    We apply differential InSAR (DInSAR) time-series techniques to the urban corridor between Tacoma, Seattle and Everett, WA, using 93 interferograms from three satellites (ERS 1, ERS 2 and RADARSAT-1) between 1992 and 2007. Our goal is to study local tectonic, geomorphic and groundwater processes. Consequently, we remove long-wavelength (>50-100 km) deformation signals from unwrapped interferograms. By comparing surface velocities generated via the time-series technique at more than two million points within the overlapping region between two independent ERS tracks, we estimate the uncertainty of relative surface velocity measurements to be ~0.5 mm yr-1 in the vertical. We estimate the uncertainty of relative displacement measurements to be ~5.4 mm, given our comparisons of DInSAR-derived time-series to GPS data, a result that is consistent both with previous DInSAR time-series analysis and with the uncertainty expected from GPS displacements projected onto the radar line-of-sight. Active tectonic deformation at shallow depths on the region's numerous east-west structures is absent over the ~11.5 yr of SAR data examined. Assuming that the south-dipping thrust beneath Seattle and Tacoma takes up 3 mm yr-1 of north-south shortening, our data indicate that the fault must be currently locked to a depth of greater than 10 km. We also document extensive groundwater-related deformation throughout much of the study region. Most notably, we identify sharp, linear deformation gradients near Federal Way, WA, and running between Sumner, WA, and Steilacoom, WA. These features may mark the locations of previously unmapped fault splays that locally control groundwater movement. We find no slow landslide deformation on any of the numerous mapped slide complexes within Seattle, although regions of known active landsliding, such as along Perkins Lane in Seattle, exhibit radar phase de-correlation. These observations are consistent with relatively infrequent and rapid landslide deformation within Seattle.

  3. Characterization of horizontal flows around solar pores from high-resolution time series of images

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    Vargas Domínguez, S.; de Vicente, A.; Bonet, J. A.; Martínez Pillet, V.

    2010-06-01

    Context. Though there is increasing evidence linking the moat flow and the Evershed flow along the penumbral filaments, there is not a clear consensus regarding the existence of a moat flow around umbral cores and pores, and the debate is still open. Solar pores appear to be a suitable scenario to test the moat-penumbra relation as they correspond to a direct interaction between the umbra and the convective plasma in the surrounding photosphere without any intermediate structure in between. Aims: We study solar pores based on high-resolution ground-based and satellite observations. Methods: Local correlation tracking techniques were applied to different-duration time series to analyze the horizontal flows around several solar pores. Results: Our results establish that the flows calculated from different solar pore observations are coherent among each other and show the determining and overall influence of exploding events in the granulation around the pores. We do not find any sign of moat-like flows surrounding solar pores, but a clearly defined region of inflows surrounding them. Conclusions: The connection between moat flows and flows associated to penumbral filaments is hereby reinforced.

  4. Imaging transient slip events in southwest Japan using reanalyzed Japanese GEONET GPS time series

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    Liu, Z.; Moore, A. W.; Owen, S. E.

    2012-12-01

    The Japanese continuous GPS network (GEONET) with ~1450 stations provide a unique opportunity to study ongoing subduction zone dynamics, and crustal deformation at various spatiotemporal scales. Recently we completed a reanalysis of GPS position time series for the entire GEONET from 1996 to 2012 using JPL GIPSY/OASIS-II based GPS Network Processor [Owen et al., 2006] and raw data provided by Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI) and Caltech. We use the JPL precise GPS orbits reestimated from the present through 1996 [Desai et al., 2011], troposphere global mapping function, and single receiver phase ambiguity resolution strategy [Bertiger et al., 2010] in the analysis. The resultant GPS time series solution shows improved repeatability and consistency over the ~16 yrs span, in comparison with 1996-2006 GPS position estimates used in our previous analysis [Liu et al., 2010a,b]. We apply a time-series analysis framework to estimate bias, offsets caused by instrument changes, earthquakes and other unknown sources, linear trends, seasonal variations, post-seismic deformation and other transient signals. The principal component analysis method is used to estimate the common mode error across the network [Dong et al. 2006]. We construct an interplate fault geometry from a composite plate boundary model [Wang et al. 2004] and apply a Kalman filter based network inversion method to image the spatiotemporal slip variation of slip transient events on the plate interface. The highly precise GPS time series enables the detectability of much smaller transient signals and start to reveal previously unobserved features of slow slip events. For example, the application to 2009-2011 Bungo Channel slow slip event shows it has a complex slip history with the major event initiating in late 2009 beneath the northeast corner of the region and migrating southwestward and updip. At ~2010.75 there is activation of a smaller slip subevent to the east of main slip region, persisting through the end of modeling period (2011.1786). We found clear temporal correspondence of adjacent low frequency earthquakes (LFEs)/tremor following transient slip variation, similar to what we found for other slip events in the region. This indicates that transient slip acts as a driving force to modulate the occurrence of LFEs/tremor. Despite many similarities between 2009-2011 and 2002-2004 slip events, there is considerable difference between the two in terms of slip details, suggesting these recurrent episodic events are not exactly identical. We find the 2009-2011 Bungo Channel event as well as previous ones (e.g, 2002-2004, 1996-1998) all initiated at the same location on the plate interface, suggesting that they are controlled by inherent frictional properties with secondary factors affecting the evolution details. Integrating plate coupling and SSEs confirmed the spatial pattern seen before in other events that the transient slip zones are located in a region between the locked zones and the epicenters of the LFEs/tremor. Recurrent SSEs release nearly all accumulated elastic strain over depths of ~20-30km where slip occurs and at least part of slip deficit at a shallower depth. We are in the process of imaging other slip transients along this part of subduction margin in a systematic effort to improve estimates of slip deficits and future large earthquake hazards.

  5. Estimating the population local wavelet spectrum with application to non-stationary functional magnetic resonance imaging time series.

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    Gott, Aimee N; Eckley, Idris A; Aston, John A D

    2015-12-20

    Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is a dynamic four-dimensional imaging modality. However, in almost all fMRI analyses, the time series elements of this data are assumed to be second-order stationary. In this paper, we examine, using time series spectral methods, whether such stationary assumptions can be made and whether estimates of non-stationarity can be used to gain understanding into fMRI experiments. A non-stationary version of replicated stationary time series analysis is proposed that takes into account the replicated time series that are available from nearby voxels in a region of interest (ROI). These are used to investigate non-stationarities in both the ROI itself and the variations within the ROI. The proposed techniques are applied to simulated data and to an anxiety-inducing fMRI experiment. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:26310288

  6. Efficient Gaussian Process-Based Modelling and Prediction of Image Time Series.

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    Lorenzi, Marco; Ziegler, Gabriel; Alexander, Daniel C; Ourselin, Sebastien

    2015-01-01

    In this work we propose a novel Gaussian process-based spatio-temporal model of time series of images. By assuming separability of spatial and temporal processes we provide a very efficient and robust formulation for the marginal likelihood computation and the posterior prediction. The model adaptively accounts for local spatial correlations of the data, and the covariance structure is effectively parameterised by the Kronecker product of covariance matrices of very small size, each encoding only a single direction in space. We provide a simple and flexible framework for within- and between-subject modelling and prediction. In particular, we introduce the Hoffman-Ribak method for efficient inference on posterior processes and its uncertainty. The proposed framework is applied in the context of longitudinal modelling in Alzheimer's disease. We firstly demonstrate the advantage of our non-parametric method for modelling of within-subject structural changes. The results show that non-parametric methods demonstrably outperform conventional parametric methods. Then the framework is extended to optimize complex parametrized covariate kernels. Using Bayesian model comparison via marginal likelihood the framework enables to compare different hypotheses about individual change processes of images. PMID:26221708

  7. Cerebral blood flow imaging using time-series analysis of indocyanine green molecular dynamics in mice

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    Ku, Taeyun; Lee, Jungsul; Choi, Chulhee

    2010-02-01

    Measurement of cerebral perfusion is important for study of various brain disorders such as stroke, epilepsy, and vascular dementia; however, efficient and convenient methods which can provide quantitative information about cerebral blood flow are not developed. Here we propose an optical imaging method using time-series analysis of dynamics of indocyanine green (ICG) fluorescence to generate cerebral blood flow maps. In scalp-removed mice, ICG was injected intravenously, and 740nm LED light was illuminated for fluorescence emission signals around 820nm acquired by cooled-CCD. Time-lapse 2-dimensional images were analyzed by custom-built software, and the maximal time point of fluorescent influx in each pixel was processed as a blood flow-related parameter. The generated map exactly reflected the shape of the brain without any interference of the skull, the dura mater, and other soft tissues. This method may be further applicable for study of other disease models in which the cerebral hemodynamics is changed either acutely or chronically.

  8. Using Landsat image time series to study a small water body in Northern Spain.

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    Chao Rodríguez, Y; el Anjoumi, A; Domínguez Gómez, J A; Rodríguez Pérez, D; Rico, E

    2014-06-01

    Ramsar Convention and EU Water Framework Directive are two international agreements focused on the conservation and achievement of good ecological and chemical status of wetlands. Wetlands are important ecosystems holding many plant and animal communities. Their environmental status can be characterised by the quality of their water bodies. Water quality can be assessed from biophysical parameters (such as Chlorophyll-a concentration ([Chla]), water surface temperature and transparency) in the deeper or lacustrine zone, or from bioindicators (as submerged aquatic vegetation) in the shallow or palustrine zone. This paper proves the use of Landsat time series to measure the evolution of water quality parameters and the environmental dynamics of a small water body (6.57 ha) in a Ramsar wetland (Arreo Lake in the North of Spain). Our results show that Landsat TM images can be used to describe periodic behaviours such as the water surface temperature or the phenologic state of the submerged vegetation (through normalized difference vegetation index, NDVI) and thus detect anomalous events. We also show how [Chla] and transparency can be measured in the lacustrine zone using Landsat TM images and an algorithm adjusted for mesotrophic Spanish lakes, and the resulting values vary in time in accordance with field measurements (although these were not synchronous with the images). The availability of this algorithm also highlights anomalies in the field data series that are found to be related with the concentration of suspended matter. All this potential of Landsat imagery to monitor small water bodies in wetlands can be used for hindcasting of past evolution of these wetlands (dating back to 1970s) and will be also useful in the future thanks to the Landsat continuity mission and the Operational Land Imager. PMID:24452860

  9. An estimation model of population in China using time series DMSP night-time satellite imagery from 2002-2010

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    Zhang, Xiaoyong; Zhang, Zhijie; Chang, Yuguang; Chen, Zhengchao

    2015-12-01

    Accurate data on the spatial distribution and potential growth estimation of human population are playing pivotal role in addressing and mitigating heavy lose caused by earthquake. Traditional demographic data is limited in its spatial resolution and is extremely hard to update. With the accessibility of massive DMSP/OLS night time imagery, it is possible to model population distribution at the county level across China. In order to compare and improve the continuity and consistency of time-series DMSP night-time satellite imagery obtained by different satellites in same year or different years by the same satellite from 2002-2010, normalized method was deployed for the inter-correction among imageries. And we referred to the reference F162007 Jixi city, whose social-economic has been relatively stable. Through binomial model, with average R2 0.90, then derived the correction factor of each year. The normalization obviously improved consistency comparing to previous data, which enhanced the correspondent accuracy of model. Then conducted the model of population density between average night-time light intensity in eight-economic districts. According to the two parameters variation law of consecutive years, established the prediction model of next following years with R2of slope and constant typically 0.85 to 0.95 in different regions. To validate the model, taking the year of 2005 as example, retrieved quantitatively population distribution in per square kilometer based on the model, then compared the results to the statistical data based on census, the difference of the result is acceptable. In summary, the estimation model facilitates the quick estimation and prediction in relieving the damage to people, which is significant in decision-making.

  10. Change detection matrix for multitemporal filtering and change analysis of SAR and PolSAR image time series

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    Lê, Thu Trang; Atto, Abdourrahmane M.; Trouvé, Emmanuel; Solikhin, Akhmad; Pinel, Virginie

    2015-09-01

    This paper presents a method for analyzing Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and polarimetric SAR (PolSAR) image time series based on change detection matrices (CDM) containing information on changed and unchanged pixels. These matrices are constructed for each spatial position over the time series by implementing similarity cross tests. The proposed matrix is then exploited for adaptive temporal filtering, analysis of change dynamics and multitemporal change detection. The proposed approach is illustrated on the three following data sets: 25 ascending TerraSAR-X images and 7 descending RADARSAT 2 full polarization images over Chamonix-MontBlanc, France, where the seasonal evolution of glaciers and mountains can be observed, and a time series of 11 ascending ALOS-PALSAR dual polarization images over Merapi volcano, Indonesia during a period including the 2010 eruption.

  11. Dynamic changes of ecosystem service value of water conversation based on time series Landsat images

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    Gu, Xiaohe; Guo, Wei; Long, Huiling; Song, Xiaoyu

    2014-11-01

    Water conservation is one of the important ecological service functions of ecosystem. Time series LandSat images were used to analyze the change of spatial pattern of ecosystem in recent thirty years. Four types of ecosystems including farmland, forest, grassland and water were mapped, which had the function of water conservation. The water conservation function of ecosystem is similar to storing water of reservoir. The expense substitution method was used to calculate the service value of water conservation of ecosystem. The average cost of constructing the reservoir was substituted to evaluate the service value of water conservation function of ecosystem. Results showed that the ecological value of water conservation in Beijing area in 1978 was highest among four years, while that in 2000 was lowest. The fluctuation of water storage of ecosystem was consistent with the precipitation. The main contributors of ecological value of water conservation were forest and farmland. Because the government was committed to promoting the percentage of forest covering, the forest was the stable contributor for water conservation in Beijing area.

  12. Hailstreak Occurrence and Persistence Observed With AVHRR NDVI Image Time Series

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    Henebry, G. M.; Ratcliffe, I. C.

    2002-12-01

    Hail is a major cause of crop loss and property damage in the United States. Hailstreaks are columns of hail that have swept the ground. The abrupt devegetation of the land surface by hailstreaks can have significant biogeophysical consequences. Changes in the surface energy balance and local wind fields can give rise to 'inland sea-breeze' phenomenon that may serve to trigger convection. We investigated the relationship between hail occurrences and the appearance and persistence of hailstreaks in composited image time series. Due to abrupt changes in vegetation density, hailstreaks can be identified in Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) imagery. To enhance detection of hailstreaks, ?NDVI images were generated from a standard set of biweekly maximum AVHRR NDVI composites for the conterminous US produced by the USGS EROS Data Center. These data have a nominal spatial resolution of 1 km. Overlaying the digitized point locations of the National Weather Service reports of hail onto the ?NDVI imagery, hailstreaks were identified as dark areas coincident with or proximate to hail reports. From 1990-1999, 112 events of significant hailstreaks were observed. Hailstreaks appear mostly in the Great Plains states of Nebraska, Kansas, and the Dakotas, with significant clusters in Minnesota, Iowa, and Texas. The hailstreaks ranged in length from 9 to 367 km (median=66 km; mean=82 km) and in area from 21 to 8443 sq km (median=408 sq km; mean=707 sq km). A total of 79,227 sq km of vegetation were impacted by hailstreaks during the 1990s; however, this estimate is a lower bound due to the compositing process that selects for maximum NDVI. The seasonality of hailstreaks peaked in summer (69%), with 58% appearing in June or July. More hailstreaks appeared in the spring (26%) than in autumn (5%). Observed hailstreak persistence ranged from 9 to 95 d (median=34 d; mean=37 d; mode=28 d). Hailstreak persistence was a complex function of seasonal timing of the event, vegetation type and phenology, and event severity.

  13. Mapping agroecological zones and time lag in vegetation growth by means of Fourier analysis of time series of NDVI images

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    Menenti, M.; Azzali, S.; Verhoef, W.; Van Swol, R.

    1993-01-01

    Examples are presented of applications of a fast Fourier transform algorithm to analyze time series of images of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index values. The results obtained for a case study on Zambia indicated that differences in vegetation development among map units of an existing agroclimatic map were not significant, while reliable differences were observed among the map units obtained using the Fourier analysis.

  14. Characterising volcanic cycles at Soufriere Hills Volcano, Montserrat: Time series analysis of multi-parameter satellite data

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    Flower, Verity J. B.; Carn, Simon A.

    2015-10-01

    The identification of cyclic volcanic activity can elucidate underlying eruption dynamics and aid volcanic hazard mitigation. Whilst satellite datasets are often analysed individually, here we exploit the multi-platform NASA A-Train satellite constellation to cross-correlate cyclical signals identified using complementary measurement techniques at Soufriere Hills Volcano (SHV), Montserrat. In this paper we present a Multi-taper (MTM) Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) analysis of coincident SO2 and thermal infrared (TIR) satellite measurements at SHV facilitating the identification of cyclical volcanic behaviour. These measurements were collected by the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) (respectively) in the A-Train. We identify a correlating cycle in both the OMI and MODIS data (54-58 days), with this multi-week feature attributable to episodes of dome growth. The ~ 50 day cycles were also identified in ground-based SO2 data at SHV, confirming the validity of our analysis and further corroborating the presence of this cycle at the volcano. In addition a 12 day cycle was identified in the OMI data, previously attributed to variable lava effusion rates on shorter timescales. OMI data also display a one week (7-8 days) cycle attributable to cyclical variations in viewing angle resulting from the orbital characteristics of the Aura satellite. Longer period cycles possibly relating to magma intrusion were identified in the OMI record (102-, 121-, and 159 days); in addition to a 238-day cycle identified in the MODIS data corresponding to periodic destabilisation of the lava dome. Through the analysis of reconstructions generated from cycles identified in the OMI and MODIS data, periods of unrest were identified, including the major dome collapse of 20th May 2006 and significant explosive event of 3rd January 2009. Our analysis confirms the potential for identification of cyclical volcanic activity through combined analysis of satellite data, which would be of particular value at poorly monitored volcanic systems.

  15. The BEYOND center of excellence for the effective exploitation of satellite time series towards natural disasters monitoring and assessment

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    Kontoes, Charalampos; Papoutsis, Ioannis; Amiridis, Vassilis; Balasis, George; Keramitsoglou, Iphigenia; Herekakis, Themistocles; Christia, Eleni

    2014-05-01

    BEYOND project (2013-2016, 2.3Meuro) funded under the FP7-REGPOT scheme is an initiative which aims to build a Centre of Excellence for Earth Observation (EO) based monitoring of natural disasters in south-eastern Europe (http://beyond-eocenter.eu/), established at the National Observatory of Athens (NOA). The project focuses on capacity building on top of the existing infrastructure, aiming at unlocking the institute's potential through the systematic interaction with high-profile partners across Europe, and at consolidating state-of-the-art equipment and technological know-how that will allow sustainable cutting-edge interdisciplinary research to take place with an impact on the regional and European socioeconomic welfare. The vision is to set up innovative integrated observational solutions to allow a multitude of space borne and ground-based monitoring networks to operate in a complementary and cooperative manner, create archives and databases of long series of observations and higher level products, and make these available for exploitation with the involvement of stakeholders. In BEYOND critical infrastructural components are being procured for fostering access, use, retrieval and analysis of long EO data series and products. In this framework NOA has initiated activities for the development, installation and operation of important acquisition facilities and hardware modules, including space based observational infrastructures as the X-/L-band acquisition station for receiving EOS Aqua/Terra, NPP, JPSS, NOAA, Metop, Feng Yun data in real time, the setting up of an ESA's Mirror Site of Sentinel missions to be operable from 2014 onwards, an advanced Raman Lidar portable station, a spectrometer facility, several ground magnetometer stations. All these are expected to work in synergy with the existing capacity resources and observational networks including the MSG/SEVIRI acquisition station, nationwide seismographic, GPS, meteo and atmospheric networks. The analysis of the satellite time series from this diverse EO based monitoring network facilities established at NOA covers a broad spectrum of research activities. Indicatively using Landsat TM/ETM+ imagery we have developed algorithms for the automatic diachronic mapping of burnt areas over Greece since 1984 and we have been using MSG/SEVIRI data to detect forest wildfires in Greece since 2007, analyze their temporal and geographical signatures and store these events for further analysis in relation with auxiliary geo-information layers for risk assessment applications. In the field of geophysics we have been employing sophisticated radar interferometry techniques using SAR sensor diversity with multi-frequency, multi-resolution and multi-temporal datasets (e.g. ERS1/ERS2, ENVISAT, TerraSAR-X, COSMO-SkyMED) to map diachronic surface deformation associated with volcanic activity, tectonic stress accumulation and urban subsidence. In the field of atmospheric research, we have developed a 3-dimentional global climatology of aerosol and cloud distributions using the CALIPSO dataset. The database, called LIVAS, will continue utilizing CALIPSO observations but also datasets from the upcoming ADM-Aeolus and EarthCARE ESA missions in order to provide a unique historical dataset of global aerosol and cloud vertical distributions, as well as respective trends in cloud cover, aerosol/cloud amount and variability of the natural and anthropogenic aerosol component. Additionally, our team is involved in Swarm magnetic field constellation, a new Earth Explorer mission in ESA's Living Planet Programme launched on November 22, 2013, as member of the validation team of the mission. Finally, assessment of heat wave risk and hazards is carried out systematically using MODIS satellite data.

  16. Time-series MODIS satellite and in-situ data for spatio-temporal distribution of aerosol pollution assessment over Bucharest metropolitan area

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    Zoran, Maria A.; Savastru, Roxana S.; Savastru, Dan M.

    2015-10-01

    With the increasing industrialization and urbanization, especially in the metropolis regions, aerosol pollution has highly negative effects on environment. Urbanization is responsible of three major changes that may have impact on the urban atmosphere: replacement of the natural surfaces with buildings and impermeable pavements, heat of anthropogenic origin and air pollution. The importance of aerosols for radiative and atmospheric chemical processes is widely recognized. They can scatter and/or absorb solar radiation leading to changes of the radiation budget. Also, the so-called indirect effect of aerosols describes the cloud-aerosol interactions, which can modify the chemical and physical processes in the atmosphere. Their high spatial variability and short lifetime make spaceborne sensors especially well suited for their observation. Remote sensing is a key application in global-change science and urban climatology. Since the launch of the MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) there is detailed global aerosol information available, both over land and oceans The aerosol parameters can be measured directly in situ or derived from satellite remote sensing observations. All these methods are important and complementary. The objective of this work was to document the seasonal and inter-annual patterns of the aerosol pollution particulate matter in two size fractions (PM10 and PM2.5) loading and air quality index (AQI) over Bucharest metropolitan area in Romania based on in-situ and MODIS (Terra-Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectoradiometer) satellite time series data over 2010-2012 period. Accurate information of urban air pollution is required for environmental and health policy, but also to act as a basis for designing and stratifying future monitoring networks.

  17. Effective Interpolation of Incomplete Satellite-Derived Leaf-Area Index Time Series for the Continental United States

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    Jasinski, Michael F.; Borak, Jordan S.

    2008-01-01

    Many earth science modeling applications employ continuous input data fields derived from satellite data. Environmental factors, sensor limitations and algorithmic constraints lead to data products of inherently variable quality. This necessitates interpolation of one form or another in order to produce high quality input fields free of missing data. The present research tests several interpolation techniques as applied to satellite-derived leaf area index, an important quantity in many global climate and ecological models. The study evaluates and applies a variety of interpolation techniques for the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Leaf-Area Index Product over the time period 2001-2006 for a region containing the conterminous United States. Results indicate that the accuracy of an individual interpolation technique depends upon the underlying land cover. Spatial interpolation provides better results in forested areas, while temporal interpolation performs more effectively over non-forest cover types. Combination of spatial and temporal approaches offers superior interpolative capabilities to any single method, and in fact, generation of continuous data fields requires a hybrid approach such as this.

  18. Impact of climate and anthropogenic changes on urban surface albedo assessed from time-series MODIS satellite data

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    Zoran, Maria A.; Dida, Adrian I.; Zoran, Liviu Florin V.

    2015-10-01

    Urbanization may be considered the most significant anthropogenic force that has brought about fundamental changes in urban land cover and landscape pattern around the globe, being one of the crucial issues of global change in the 21st century affecting urban ecosystem. In the physical climate system, land surface albedo determines the radiation balance of the surface and affects the surface temperature and boundary-layer structure of the atmosphere. Due to anthropogenic and natural factors, urban land covers changes result is the land surfaces albedo changes. The main aim of this paper is to investigate the albedo patterns dynamics due to the impact of atmospheric pollution and climate variations on land cover of Bucharest metropolitan area, Romania based on satellite remote sensing MODIS Terra/Aqua (Moderate Imaging Spectroradiometer) data over 2000-2014 time period. This study is based on MODIS derived biogeophysical parameters land surface BRDF/albedo products and in-situ monitoring ground data (as air temperature, aerosols distribution, relative humidity, etc.). For urban land cover changes over the same investigated period have been used also IKONOS satellite data. Due to deforestation in the periurban areas albedo changes appear to be the most significant biogeophysical effect in temperate forests. As the physical climate system is very sensitive to surface albedo, urban/periurban vegetation systems could significantly feedback to the projected climate change modeling scenarios through albedo changes.

  19. Monitoring irrigation volumes using high-resolution NDVI image time series: calibration and validation in the Kairouan plain (Tunisia)

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    Saadi, S.; Simonneaux, V.; Boulet, G.; Mougenot, B.; Lili Chabaane, Z.

    2015-10-01

    The increasing availability of high resolution high repetitively VIS-NIR remote sensing, like the forthcoming Sentinel-2 mission to be launched in 2015, offers unprecedented opportunity to improve agricultural monitoring. In this study, regional evapotranspiration and crop water consumption were estimated over an irrigated area located in the Kairouan plain (central Tunisia) using the FAO-56 dual crop coefficient water balance model combined with NDVI image time series providing estimates of the actual basal crop coefficient (Kcb) and vegetation fraction cover. Three time series of high-resolution SPOT5 images have been acquired for the 2008-2009, 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 hydrological years. We also benefited from a SPOT4 time series acquired in the frame of the SPOT4-Take5 experiment. The SPOT5 images were radiometrically corrected, first, using the SMAC6s Algorithm, and then improved using invariant objects located on the scene. The method was first calibrated using ground measurements of evapotranspiration achieved using eddy-correlation devices installed on irrigated wheat and barley plots. For other crops for which no calibration data was available, parameters were taken from bibliography. Then, the model was run to spatialize irrigation over the whole area and a validation was done using cumulated seasonal water volumes obtained from ground survey for three irrigated perimeters. In a subsequent step, evapotranspiration estimates were obtained using a large aperture scintillometer and were used for an additional validation of the model outputs.

  20. A 16-year time series of 1 km AVHRR satellite data of the conterminous United States and Alaska

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    Eldenshink, J.

    2006-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed a 16-year time series of vegetation condition information for the conterminous United States and, Alaska using 1 km Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) data. The AVHRR data have been processed using consistent methods that account for radiometric variability due to calibration uncertainty, the effects of the atmosphere on surface radiometric measurements obtained from wide field-of-view observations, and the geometric registration accuracy. The conterminous United States and Alaska data sets have an atmospheric correction for water vapor, ozone, and Rayleigh scattering and include a cloud mask derived using the Clouds from AVHRR (CLAVR) algorithm. In comparison with other AVHRR time series data sets, the conterminous United States and Alaska data are processed using similar techniques. The primary difference is that the conterminous United States and Alaska data are at 1 km resolution, while others are at 8 km resolution. The time series consists of weekly and biweekly maximum normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) composites. ?? 2006 American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

  1. Height Estimation and Error Assessment of Inland Water Level Time Series calculated by a Kalman Filter Approach using Multi-Mission Satellite Altimetry

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    Schwatke, Christian; Dettmering, Denise; Boergens, Eva

    2015-04-01

    Originally designed for open ocean applications, satellite radar altimetry can also contribute promising results over inland waters. Its measurements help to understand the water cycle of the system earth and makes altimetry to a very useful instrument for hydrology. In this paper, we present our methodology for estimating water level time series over lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and wetlands. Furthermore, the error estimation of the resulting water level time series is demonstrated. For computing the water level time series multi-mission satellite altimetry data is used. The estimation is based on altimeter data from Topex, Jason-1, Jason-2, Geosat, IceSAT, GFO, ERS-2, Envisat, Cryosat, HY-2A, and Saral/Altika - depending on the location of the water body. According to the extent of the investigated water body 1Hz, high-frequent or retracked altimeter measurements can be used. Classification methods such as Support Vector Machine (SVM) and Support Vector Regression (SVR) are applied for the classification of altimeter waveforms and for rejecting outliers. For estimating the water levels we use a Kalman filter approach applied to the grid nodes of a hexagonal grid covering the water body of interest. After applying an error limit on the resulting water level heights of each grid node, a weighted average water level per point of time is derived referring to one reference location. For the estimation of water level height accuracies, at first, the formal errors are computed applying a full error propagation within Kalman filtering. Hereby, the precision of the input measurements are introduced by using the standard deviation of the water level height along the altimeter track. In addition to the resulting formal errors of water level heights, uncertainties of the applied geophysical correction (e.g. wet troposphere, ionosphere, etc.) and systematic error effects are taken into account to achieve more realistic error estimates. For validation of the time series, we compare our results with gauges and external inland altimeter databases (e.g. Hydroweb). We yield very high correlations between absolute water level height time series from altimetry and gauges. Moreover, the comparisons of water level heights are also used for the validation of the error assessment. More than 200 water level time series were already computed and made public available via the "Database for Hydrological Time Series of Inland Waters" (DAHITI) which is available via http://dahiti.dgfi.tum.de .

  2. Analysis of Satellite sea surface temperature time series in the Brazil-Malvinas Current confluence region: Dominance of the annual and semiannual periods

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    Provost, Christine; Garcia, Omar; GarçOn, VéRonique

    1992-11-01

    We study the dominant periodic variations of sea surface temperature (SST) in the Brazil-Malvinas Confluence region from a satellite-derived data set compiled by Olson et al. (1988). This data set is composed of 202 sea surface temperature images with a 4 × 4 km resolution and extends over 3 years (from July 1984 to July 1987). Each image is a 5-day composite. The dominant signal, as already observed by Podesta et al. (1991), has a 1-year period. We first fit a single-frequency sinusoidal model of the annual cycle in order to estimate mean temperature, amplitude, and phase at 159 points uniformly distributed over the region. The residuals are generally small (less than 2°C). The largest departures from this cycle are located either in the Brazil-Malvinas frontal region or in the southeastern part of the region. Other periods in SST variations are identified by means of periodograms of the 159 residual time series in which the annual cycle has been substracted. The periodograms show that a semiannual frequency signal is present at almost every location. The ratio of the semiannual amplitude to the annual amplitude increases southward from 0% at 30°S to reach up to 45% at 50°S. In the south the semiannual signal creates an asymmetry, and the resulting (total) annual cycle has a cold period (winter) longer than the warm one (summer). In the frontal region the annual and semiannual signals have an important interannual variation. This semiannual frequency is associated with the semiannual wave present in the atmospheric forcing of the southern hemisphere. Differential heating over the mid-latitude oceans and the high-latitude ice-covered Antarctic Continent has been suggested as the cause of this semiannual wave (Van Loon, 1967).

  3. Identifying drought-induced correlations in the satellite time series of hot pixels recorded in the Brazilian Amazon by means of the detrended fluctuation analysis

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    Stosic, Tatijana; Telesca, Luciano; Lemos da Costa, Simara Lúcia; Stosic, Borko

    2016-02-01

    In this work we study the long-term correlations in the satellite daily number of hot pixels recorded in the Brazilian Amazon during the period 1999-2012. While the highest peak in daily hot pixel frequencies occurred in 2007, coincident with a severe drought, for other intense droughts such as that occurred in 2005 (one-in-a-hundred year event for its high severity) and 2010, the corresponding number of hot pixels recorded was compatible or lower than that reached during e.g. 2004, with no reported severe drought. On the other hand, we find that the most severe droughts coincide with the peaks of the Detrended Fluctuation Analysis (DFA) scaling exponent of the time series of the daily anomalies in hot pixels. This finding is striking because it highlights the effectiveness of the DFA in disclosing that long-term hot pixel anomaly correlations are clearly associated with the drought events, that were not identifiable by examining hot pixel frequencies of the original time series. The dynamics of the time series of daily anomalies in hot pixels is, therefore, influenced by drought events. The coincidence of the peaks of the scaling exponent with drought events suggests the increase of the persistence of the hot pixel time series during the driest periods.

  4. Classification of agricultural fields using time series of dual polarimetry TerraSAR-X images

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    Mirzaee, S.; Motagh, M.; Arefi, H.; Nooryazdan, M.

    2014-10-01

    Due to its special imaging characteristics, Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) has become an important source of information for a variety of remote sensing applications dealing with environmental changes. SAR images contain information about both phase and intensity in different polarization modes, making them sensitive to geometrical structure and physical properties of the targets such as dielectric and plant water content. In this study we investigate multi temporal changes occurring to different crop types due to phenological changes using high-resolution TerraSAR-X imagers. The dataset includes 17 dual-polarimetry TSX data acquired from June 2012 to August 2013 in Lorestan province, Iran. Several features are extracted from polarized data and classified using support vector machine (SVM) classifier. Training samples and different features employed in classification are also assessed in the study. Results show a satisfactory accuracy for classification which is about 0.91 in kappa coefficient.

  5. Dynamic Agricultural Land Unit Profile Database Generation using Landsat Time Series Images

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    Torres-Rua, A. F.; McKee, M.

    2012-12-01

    Agriculture requires continuous supply of inputs to production, while providing final or intermediate outputs or products (food, forage, industrial uses, etc.). Government and other economic agents are interested in the continuity of this process and make decisions based on the available information about current conditions within the agriculture area. From a government point of view, it is important that the input-output chain in agriculture for a given area be enhanced in time, while any possible abrupt disruption be minimized or be constrained within the variation tolerance of the input-output chain. The stability of the exchange of inputs and outputs becomes of even more important in disaster-affected zones, where government programs will look for restoring the area to equal or enhanced social and economical conditions before the occurrence of the disaster. From an economical perspective, potential and existing input providers require up-to-date, precise information of the agriculture area to determine present and future inputs and stock amounts. From another side, agriculture output acquirers might want to apply their own criteria to sort out present and future providers (farmers or irrigators) based on the management done during the irrigation season. In the last 20 years geospatial information has become available for large areas in the globe, providing accurate, unbiased historical records of actual agriculture conditions at individual land units for small and large agricultural areas. This data, adequately processed and stored in any database format, can provide invaluable information for government and economic interests. Despite the availability of the geospatial imagery records, limited or no geospatial-based information about past and current farming conditions at the level of individual land units exists for many agricultural areas in the world. The absence of this information challenges the work of policy makers to evaluate previous or current government efforts for a given occurrence at the land unit level, and affecting the potential economic trade-off level in the area. In this study a framework is proposed to create and continuously update a land unit profile database using historical Landsat satellite imagery records. An experimental test is implemented for the agricultural lands in Central Utah. This location was selected because of their success in increasing the efficiency of water use and control along the entire irrigation system. A set of crop health metrics from the literature (NDVI, LAI, NDWI) is calculated and evaluated to measure crop response to farm management for its evaluation in time. The resulting land unit profile database is then tested to determine land unit profile groups based on land unit management characteristics. Comparison with essential inputs (water availability and climate conditions) and crop type (outputs) on a year basis is provided.

  6. Prostate cancer detection from model-free T1-weighted time series and diffusion imaging

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    Haq, Nandinee F.; Kozlowski, Piotr; Jones, Edward C.; Chang, Silvia D.; Goldenberg, S. Larry; Moradi, Mehdi

    2015-03-01

    The combination of Dynamic Contrast Enhanced (DCE) images with diffusion MRI has shown great potential in prostate cancer detection. The parameterization of DCE images to generate cancer markers is traditionally performed based on pharmacokinetic modeling. However, pharmacokinetic models make simplistic assumptions about the tissue perfusion process, require the knowledge of contrast agent concentration in a major artery, and the modeling process is sensitive to noise and fitting instabilities. We address this issue by extracting features directly from the DCE T1-weighted time course without modeling. In this work, we employed a set of data-driven features generated by mapping the DCE T1 time course to its principal component space, along with diffusion MRI features to detect prostate cancer. The optimal set of DCE features is extracted with sparse regularized regression through a Least Absolute Shrinkage and Selection Operator (LASSO) model. We show that when our proposed features are used within the multiparametric MRI protocol to replace the pharmacokinetic parameters, the area under ROC curve is 0.91 for peripheral zone classification and 0.87 for whole gland classification. We were able to correctly classify 32 out of 35 peripheral tumor areas identified in the data when the proposed features were used with support vector machine classification. The proposed feature set was used to generate cancer likelihood maps for the prostate gland.

  7. Spatial Bayesian Variable Selection Models on Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Time-Series Data

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    Lee, Kuo-Jung; Jones, Galin L.; Caffo, Brian S.; Bassett, Susan Spear

    2014-01-01

    A common objective of fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) studies is to determine subject-specific areas of increased blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) signal contrast in response to a stimulus or task, and hence to infer regional neuronal activity. We posit and investigate a Bayesian approach that incorporates spatial and temporal dependence and allows for the task-related change in the BOLD signal to change dynamically over the scanning session. In this way, our model accounts for potential learning effects in addition to other mechanisms of temporal drift in task-related signals. We study the properties of the model through its performance on simulated and real data sets. PMID:25530824

  8. Mapping double-cropped irrigated rice fields in Taiwan using time-series Satellite Pour I'Observation de la Terre data

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    Chen, Chi-Farn; Huang, Su-Wei; Son, Nguyen-Thanh; Chang, Li-Yu

    2011-01-01

    Rice is the most important food crop in Taiwan. During recent decades, rice production in Taiwan has sharply declined because of industrialization and urbanization. Monitoring the areas of rice cultivation thus becomes important due to the official initiatives to ensure food supply. This study aims to develop a remote sensing classification approach for mapping double-cropped irrigated rice fields in Taiwan using time-series SPOT (Satellite Pour l'Observation de la Terre) data. Three study sites with different farming conditions in Taitung, Chiayi, and Taoyuan counties were chosen to test the new classification method. Data processing steps include: 1. filtering time-series SPOT-based normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) using empirical mode decomposition (EMD) and wavelet transform, 2. classifying double-cropped irrigated rice fields using statistical methods (i.e., correlation analysis and sign-test statistics), and 3. assessing classification accuracy. The comparisons between the classification maps and ground-truth maps in 2005 indicated that classification using the EMD-based filtered NDVI time-series data yielded more accurate results than did the wavelet transform-based filtered data.

  9. Estimation of the time series of the meridional heat transport across 15°N in the Pacific Ocean from Argo and satellite data

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    Yang, Tingting; Xu, Yongsheng

    2015-04-01

    The time series of the net meridional heat transport (MHT) at 15°N in the Pacific Ocean from 2003 to 2012 is estimated by combining the Argo profiles with the satellite altimeter and scatterometer data. The estimate is validated against the climatological ocean data and the ECCO2 products, and is demonstrated to be reasonable. The MHT has a high degree of variability with a temporal mean of 0.70 ± 0.31 PW, which is concentrated in the upper 800 dbar. The time series of the MHT and Ekman temperature transport have a significant annual cycle which peaks near April and December, whereas the time series of the geostrophic temperature transport have a subannual cycle. The results are consistent with previous estimates and lower than the ECCO2 estimate, which may mainly be caused by the different data sources and processings. The correlation between the air-sea flux and MHT is 0.50 with a 3 month delay. This report describes the first such attempt at a continuous transport of heat at 15°N in the Pacific Ocean from in situ observations.

  10. Grassland habitat mapping by intra-annual time series analysis - Comparison of RapidEye and TerraSAR-X satellite data

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    Schuster, Christian; Schmidt, Tobias; Conrad, Christopher; Kleinschmit, Birgit; Förster, Michael

    2015-02-01

    Remote sensing concepts are needed to monitor open landscape habitats for environmental change and biodiversity loss. However, existing operational approaches are limited to the monitoring of European dry heaths only. They need to be extended to further habitats. Thus far, reported studies lack the exploitation of intra-annual time series of high spatial resolution data to take advantage of the vegetations' phenological differences. In this study, we investigated the usefulness of such data to classify grassland habitats in a nature reserve area in northeastern Germany. Intra-annual time series of 21 observations were used, acquired by a multi-spectral (RapidEye) and a synthetic aperture radar (TerraSAR-X) satellite system, to differentiate seven grassland classes using a Support Vector Machine classifier. The classification accuracy was evaluated and compared with respect to the sensor type - multi-spectral or radar - and the number of acquisitions needed. Our results showed that very dense time series allowed for very high accuracy classifications (>90%) of small scale vegetation types. The classification for TerraSAR-X obtained similar accuracy as compared to RapidEye although distinctly more acquisitions were needed. This study introduces a new approach to enable the monitoring of small-scale grassland habitats and gives an estimate of the amount of data required for operational surveys.

  11. Estimation of rice phenology date using integrated HJ-1 CCD and Landsat-8 OLI vegetation indices time-series images*

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    Wang, Jing; Huang, Jing-Feng; Wang, Xiu-Zhen; Jin, Meng-Ting; Zhou, Zhen; Guo, Qiao-Ying; Zhao, Zhe-Wen; Huang, Wei-Jiao; Zhang, Yao; Song, Xiao-Dong

    2015-01-01

    Accurate estimation of rice phenology is of critical importance for agricultural practices and studies. However, the accuracy of phenological parameters extracted by remote sensing data cannot be guaranteed because of the influence of climate, e.g. the monsoon season, and limited available remote sensing data. In this study, we integrate the data of HJ-1 CCD and Landsat-8 operational land imager (OLI) by using the ordinary least-squares (OLS), and construct higher temporal resolution vegetation indices (VIs) time-series data to extract the phenological parameters of single-cropped rice. Two widely used VIs, namely the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and 2-band enhanced vegetation index (EVI2), were adopted to minimize the influence of environmental factors and the intrinsic difference between the two sensors. Savitzky-Golay (S-G) filters were applied to construct continuous VI profiles per pixel. The results showed that, compared with NDVI, EVI2 was more stable and comparable between the two sensors. Compared with the observed phenological data of the single-cropped rice, the integrated VI time-series had a relatively low root mean square error (RMSE), and EVI2 showed higher accuracy compared with NDVI. We also demonstrate the application of phenology extraction of the single-cropped rice in a spatial scale in the study area. While the work is of general value, it can also be extrapolated to other regions where qualified remote sensing data are the bottleneck but where complementary data are occasionally available. PMID:26465131

  12. Estimation of rice phenology date using integrated HJ-1 CCD and Landsat-8 OLI vegetation indices time-series images.

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    Wang, Jing; Huang, Jing-feng; Wang, Xiu-zhen; Jin, Meng-ting; Zhou, Zhen; Guo, Qiao-ying; Zhao, Zhe-wen; Huang, Wei-jiao; Zhang, Yao; Song, Xiao-dong

    2015-10-01

    Accurate estimation of rice phenology is of critical importance for agricultural practices and studies. However, the accuracy of phenological parameters extracted by remote sensing data cannot be guaranteed because of the influence of climate, e.g. the monsoon season, and limited available remote sensing data. In this study, we integrate the data of HJ-1 CCD and Landsat-8 operational land imager (OLI) by using the ordinary least-squares (OLS), and construct higher temporal resolution vegetation indices (VIs) time-series data to extract the phenological parameters of single-cropped rice. Two widely used VIs, namely the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) and 2-band enhanced vegetation index (EVI2), were adopted to minimize the influence of environmental factors and the intrinsic difference between the two sensors. Savitzky-Golay (S-G) filters were applied to construct continuous VI profiles per pixel. The results showed that, compared with NDVI, EVI2 was more stable and comparable between the two sensors. Compared with the observed phenological data of the single-cropped rice, the integrated VI time-series had a relatively low root mean square error (RMSE), and EVI2 showed higher accuracy compared with NDVI. We also demonstrate the application of phenology extraction of the single-cropped rice in a spatial scale in the study area. While the work is of general value, it can also be extrapolated to other regions where qualified remote sensing data are the bottleneck but where complementary data are occasionally available. PMID:26465131

  13. Creation of Normalized Time Series Data for Microwave Radiometer AMSR2 Loaded on GCOM-W1 Satellite Launched Soon

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    Maeda, T.

    2012-04-01

    The operation of the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer for Earth-Observation System (AMSR-E) loaded on Aqua satellite stopped in October, 2011 after more than 9-years observation. But, JAXA plans to launch GCOM-W1 (Global Change Observation Mission 1st - Water) satellite carrying the successor of AMSR-E (AMSR2), and this satellite will be launched in 2012. AMSR2 is a microwave radiometer to observe microwave signals at 6.9, 7.3, 10.65, 18.7, 23.8, 36.5 and 89.0 GHz emitted from the Earth almost twice a day because GCOM-W1 satellite is deployed into a sun-synchronous sub-recurrent orbit. Generally, measuring points of a spaceborne instrument differently distribute according to satellite tracks, eventually, observation times. The location and size of a receiver's footprint for one measurement also differ among frequencies. Therefore, as long as some kind of resampling method is applied, the data of different times and frequencies cannot be compared. As for a microwave radiometer, because the footprint size is large, and the main mission is to globally retrieve physical quantities, it has not been sufficiently considered what kind of resampling method is most suitable, which deteriorated the qualities of retrieved physical quantities. In contrast, because brightness temperature data observed by AMSR2 are resampled by Backus-Gilbert method, footprint size and location among frequencies are unified. These data are provided as the standard product (L1R product). However, because resampling by Backus-Gilbert method requires high amount of calculation, the process to make the L1R product is simplified, and the data of different times and frequencies still cannot be compared at an arbitrary point. We have developed a method to extract local and faint changes from AMSR-E data, and the idea of Backus-Gilbert method is important to use AMSR2 data for our purpose. So, we implemented Backus-Gilbert method without simplifying to our method to compare the data of different times at an arbitrary point. This paper presents the overview of AMSR2, the details of our method improved by Backus-Gilbert method.

  14. Satellite Based Assessment of the NSRDB Site Irradiances and Time Series from NASA and SUNY/Albany Algorithms

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    Stackhouse, P. W., Jr.; Zhang, T.; Chandler, W. S.; Whitlock, C. H.; Hoell, J. M.; Westberg, D. J.; Perez, R.; Wilcox, S.

    2008-01-01

    In April, 2007, the National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB) of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory was updated for the period from 1991 to 2005. NSRDB includes monthly averaged summary statistics from 221 Class I sites spanning the entire time period with least uncertainty. In 2008, the NASA GEWEX Surface Radiation Budget (SRB) project updated its satellite-derived solar surface irradiance to Release 3.0. This dataset spans July 1983 to June 2006 at a 1ox1o resolution. In this paper, we compare the NSRDB data monthly average summary statistics to NASA SRB data that has been validated favorably against the BSRN, SURFRAD, WRDC and GEBA datasets. The SRB-NSRDB comparison reveals reasonably good agreement of the two datasets.

  15. Monitoring irrigation water consumption using high resolution NDVI image time series (Sentinel-2 like). Calibration and validation in the Kairouan plain (Tunisia)

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    Saadi, Sameh; Simonneaux, Vincent; Boulet, Gilles; Mougenot, Bernard; Zribi, Mehrez; Lili Chabaane, Zohra

    2015-04-01

    Water scarcity is one of the main factors limiting agricultural development in semi-arid areas. It is thus of major importance to design tools allowing a better management of this resource. Remote sensing has long been used for computing evapotranspiration estimates, which is an input for crop water balance monitoring. Up to now, only medium and low resolution data (e.g. MODIS) are available on regular basis to monitor cultivated areas. However, the increasing availability of high resolution high repetitivity VIS-NIR remote sensing, like the forthcoming Sentinel-2 mission to be lunched in 2015, offers unprecedented opportunity to improve this monitoring. In this study, regional crops water consumption was estimated with the SAMIR software (Satellite of Monitoring Irrigation) using the FAO-56 dual crop coefficient water balance model fed with high resolution NDVI image time series providing estimates of both the actual basal crop coefficient (Kcb) and the vegetation fraction cover. The model includes a soil water model, requiring the knowledge of soil water holding capacity, maximum rooting depth, and water inputs. As irrigations are usually not known on large areas, they are simulated based on rules reproducing the farmer practices. The main objective of this work is to assess the operationality and accuracy of SAMIR at plot and perimeter scales, when several land use types (winter cereals, summer vegetables…), irrigation and agricultural practices are intertwined in a given landscape, including complex canopies such as sparse orchards. Meteorological ground stations were used to compute the reference evapotranspiration and get the rainfall depths. Two time series of ten and fourteen high-resolution SPOT5 have been acquired for the 2008-2009 and 2012-2013 hydrological years over an irrigated area in central Tunisia. They span the various successive crop seasons. The images were radiometrically corrected, first, using the SMAC6s Algorithm, second, using invariant objects located on the scene, based on visual observation of the images. From these time series, a Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) profile was generated for each pixel. SAMIR was first calibrated based on ground measurements of evapotranspiration achieved using eddy-correlation devices installed on irrigated wheat and barley plots. After calibration, the model was run to spatialize irrigation over the whole area and a validation was done using cumulated seasonal water volumes obtained from ground survey at both plot and perimeter scales. The results show that although determination of model parameters was successful at plot scale, irrigation rules required an additional calibration which was achieved at perimeter scale.

  16. Imaging transient slip events and their interaction with slow earthquakes in southwest Japan using reanalyzed GEONET GPS time series

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    Liu, Z.; Moore, A. W.; Owen, S. E.

    2014-12-01

    Geodetic and seismic studies over the past decade have revealed a wide range of slow earthquake phenomena including long- and short-term slow slip events (SSEs), non-volcanic tremor, low and very-low frequency earthquakes (LFEs, V-LFEs) in major subduction zones. Despite much progress, the physical mechanisms of SSEs and seismic slow earthquakes and how these phenomena relate to each other are still not clear. The Japanese GPS network (GEONET) with ~1450 stations provide a unique opportunity to study subduction zone dynamics and to understand these different faulting behaviors at various spatiotemporal scales. We extended our reanalysis of GPS position time series for the entire GEONET from 1996 to 2014 using JPL GIPSY/OASIS-II based GPS Network Processor and raw data provided by Geospatial Information Authority of Japan and Caltech. The reestimated JPL precise GPS orbits, GMF troposphere model, and single receiver phase ambiguity resolution strategy were used in the analysis. The resultant ~18 years position estimates show good consistency and reduced scattering over the entire time period compared to prior analysis. We perform a systematic time series analysis to identify and correct the offsets caused by earthquakes, instrument and other unknown sources. We image the spatiotemporal variation of slip transients and investigate how they interact with seismic slow earthquakes. Our application to recurrent long-term SSEs in Bungo Channel region shows these events share the similar spatial distribution with regard to interplate coupling model, consistent with their recurrent nature. The universal modulation of transient slip rate on downdip LFEs/tremors and their different spatial patterns and moment release suggest that they are not different manifestations of the same physical process. There is considerable difference in space-time details of these slip transients, indicating that these recurrent events are not identical. We find a clear difference in temporal correspondence between transient slip rate and up-dip V-LFEs, possibly reflecting different triggering mode from that of LFEs/tremors. The high quality of GPS position time series also help reveal much smaller events over the "quiet" inter-SSE period, showing that not all SSEs are accompanied by LFE/tremors.

  17. Time-series MODIS image-based retrieval and distribution analysis of total suspended matter concentrations in Lake Taihu (China).

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    Zhang, Yuchao; Lin, Shan; Liu, Jianping; Qian, Xin; Ge, Yi

    2010-09-01

    Although there has been considerable effort to use remotely sensed images to provide synoptic maps of total suspended matter (TSM), there are limited studies on universal TSM retrieval models. In this paper, we have developed a TSM retrieval model for Lake Taihu using TSM concentrations measured in situ and a time series of quasi-synchronous MODIS 250 m images from 2005. After simple geometric and atmospheric correction, we found a significant relationship (R = 0.8736, N = 166) between in situ measured TSM concentrations and MODIS band normalization difference of band 3 and band 1. From this, we retrieved TSM concentrations in eight regions of Lake Taihu in 2007 and analyzed the characteristic distribution and variation of TSM. Synoptic maps of model-estimated TSM of 2007 showed clear geographical and seasonal variations. TSM in Central Lake and Southern Lakeshore were consistently higher than in other regions, while TSM in East Taihu was generally the lowest among the regions throughout the year. Furthermore, a wide range of TSM concentrations appeared from winter to summer. TSM in winter could be several times that in summer. PMID:20948942

  18. Time-series MODIS Image-based Retrieval and Distribution Analysis of Total Suspended Matter Concentrations in Lake Taihu (China)

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    Zhang, Yuchao; Lin, Shan; Liu, Jianping; Qian, Xin; Ge, Yi

    2010-01-01

    Although there has been considerable effort to use remotely sensed images to provide synoptic maps of total suspended matter (TSM), there are limited studies on universal TSM retrieval models. In this paper, we have developed a TSM retrieval model for Lake Taihu using TSM concentrations measured in situ and a time series of quasi-synchronous MODIS 250 m images from 2005. After simple geometric and atmospheric correction, we found a significant relationship (R = 0.8736, N = 166) between in situ measured TSM concentrations and MODIS band normalization difference of band 3 and band 1. From this, we retrieved TSM concentrations in eight regions of Lake Taihu in 2007 and analyzed the characteristic distribution and variation of TSM. Synoptic maps of model-estimated TSM of 2007 showed clear geographical and seasonal variations. TSM in Central Lake and Southern Lakeshore were consistently higher than in other regions, while TSM in East Taihu was generally the lowest among the regions throughout the year. Furthermore, a wide range of TSM concentrations appeared from winter to summer. TSM in winter could be several times that in summer. PMID:20948942

  19. Refining measurements of lateral channel movement from image time series by quantifying spatial variations in registration error

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    Lea, Devin M.; Legleiter, Carl J.

    2016-04-01

    Remotely sensed data provides information on river morphology useful for examining channel change at yearly-to-decadal time scales. Although previous studies have emphasized the need to distinguish true geomorphic change from errors associated with image registration, standard metrics for assessing and summarizing these errors, such as the root-mean-square error (RMSE) and 90th percentile of the distribution of ground control point (GCP) error, fail to incorporate the spatial structure of this uncertainty. In this study, we introduce a framework for evaluating whether observations of lateral channel migration along a meandering channel are statistically significant, given the spatial distribution of registration error. An iterative leave-one-out cross-validation approach was used to produce local error metrics for an image time series from Savery Creek, Wyoming, USA, and to evaluate various transformation equations, interpolation methods, and GCP placement strategies. Interpolated error surfaces then were used to create error ellipses representing spatially variable buffers of detectable change. Our results show that, for all five sequential image pairs we examined, spatially distributed estimates of registration error enabled detection of a greater number of statistically significant lateral migration vectors than the spatially uniform RMSE or 90th percentile of GCP error. Conversely, spatially distributed error metrics prevented changes from being mistaken as real in areas of greater registration error. Our results also support the findings of previous studies: second-order polynomial functions on average yield the lowest RMSE, and errors are reduced by placing GCPs on the floodplain rather than on hillslopes. This study highlights the importance of characterizing the spatial distribution of image registration errors in the analysis of channel change.

  20. Remote Sensing Time Series Product Tool

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    Predos, Don; Ryan, Robert E.; Ross, Kenton W.

    2006-01-01

    The TSPT (Time Series Product Tool) software was custom-designed for NASA to rapidly create and display single-band and band-combination time series, such as NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) images, for wide-area crop surveillance and for other time-critical applications. The TSPT, developed in MATLAB, allows users to create and display various MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) or simulated VIIRS (Visible/Infrared Imager Radiometer Suite) products as single images, as time series plots at a selected location, or as temporally processed image videos. Manually creating these types of products is extremely labor intensive; however, the TSPT development tool makes the process simplified and efficient. MODIS is ideal for monitoring large crop areas because of its wide swath (2330 km), its relatively small ground sample distance (250 m), and its high temporal revisit time (twice daily). Furthermore, because MODIS imagery is acquired daily, rapid changes in vegetative health can potentially be detected. The new TSPT technology provides users with the ability to temporally process high-revisit-rate satellite imagery, such as that acquired from MODIS and from its successor, the VIIRS. The TSPT features the important capability of fusing data from both MODIS instruments onboard the Terra and Aqua satellites, which drastically improves cloud statistics. With the TSPT, MODIS metadata is used to find and optionally remove bad and suspect data. Noise removal and temporal processing techniques allow users to create low-noise time series plots and image videos and to select settings and thresholds that tailor particular output products. The TSPT GUI (graphical user interface) provides an interactive environment for crafting what-if scenarios by enabling a user to repeat product generation using different settings and thresholds. The TSPT Application Programming Interface provides more fine-tuned control of product generation, allowing experienced programmers to bypass the GUI and to create more user-specific output products, such as comparison time plots or images. This type of time series analysis tool for remotely sensed imagery could be the basis of a large-area vegetation surveillance system. The TSPT has been used to generate NDVI time series over growing seasons in California and Argentina and for hurricane events, such as Hurricane Katrina.

  1. Reduction of Influences of the Earth's Surface Fluid Loads on GPS Site Coordinate Time Series and Global Satellite Laser Ranging Analysis

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    Takiguchi, H.; Otsubo, T.; Fukuda, Y.

    2006-12-01

    Temporal change of surface loadings due to the mass redistribution of the fluid envelope of the Earth, deform the Earth and cause the coordinate changes of the observation sites. We estimated the crustal displacements due to the atmospheric load (AL), the non-tidal ocean load (NTOL), the continental water load (CWL) and the snow load (SL) influences using the several meteorological data and model. And then, we tried to eliminate the load influences from the GPS site coordinate time series and global Satellite Laser Ranging (SLR) analysis. As the time series of GPS site coordinates, we employed a solution of IGS which was calculated by using GIPSY-OASIS II (Heflin et al., 2002) by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the routine solution of GEONET called F2 solution which was calculated by Bernese version 4.2 software (Hatanaka et al., 2003) by the Geographical Survey Institute. To eliminate periodic signals of the loading effects, we calculated Corrected GPS = GPS - (Load1 + Load2 + . . . . . + Loadn). The results show that a combination of atmospheric, non-tidal ocean, continental water, and snow loads can eliminate about 20% of the annual signal in the coordinate time series for vertical components. We applied the loading correction to the data of the 1997 Bungo channel slow slip event and showed that the correction can benefit the analysis of such a non-periodic event. Next, we applied the time series of NTOL and CWL to precise SLR analysis that used the "concerto" program version 4 developed by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). The LAGEOS orbit analysis reveals that the Estimating the Circulation and Climate of the Ocean (ECCO) model makes the root mean square (RMS) of the range residual 0.2% smaller, and that the CWL makes it 0.8% smaller, compared with the case where loading displacement is neglected. On the other hand, with the NTOL derived from Topex/Poseidon altimetry data, the SLR orbit fit is not improved.

  2. Temporal optimisation of image acquisition for land cover classification with Random Forest and MODIS time-series

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    Nitze, Ingmar; Barrett, Brian; Cawkwell, Fiona

    2015-02-01

    The analysis and classification of land cover is one of the principal applications in terrestrial remote sensing. Due to the seasonal variability of different vegetation types and land surface characteristics, the ability to discriminate land cover types changes over time. Multi-temporal classification can help to improve the classification accuracies, but different constraints, such as financial restrictions or atmospheric conditions, may impede their application. The optimisation of image acquisition timing and frequencies can help to increase the effectiveness of the classification process. For this purpose, the Feature Importance (FI) measure of the state-of-the art machine learning method Random Forest was used to determine the optimal image acquisition periods for a general (Grassland, Forest, Water, Settlement, Peatland) and Grassland specific (Improved Grassland, Semi-Improved Grassland) land cover classification in central Ireland based on a 9-year time-series of MODIS Terra 16 day composite data (MOD13Q1). Feature Importances for each acquisition period of the Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI) and Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) were calculated for both classification scenarios. In the general land cover classification, the months December and January showed the highest, and July and August the lowest separability for both VIs over the entire nine-year period. This temporal separability was reflected in the classification accuracies, where the optimal choice of image dates outperformed the worst image date by 13% using NDVI and 5% using EVI on a mono-temporal analysis. With the addition of the next best image periods to the data input the classification accuracies converged quickly to their limit at around 8-10 images. The binary classification schemes, using two classes only, showed a stronger seasonal dependency with a higher intra-annual, but lower inter-annual variation. Nonetheless anomalous weather conditions, such as the cold winter of 2009/2010 can alter the temporal separability pattern significantly. Due to the extensive use of the NDVI for land cover discrimination, the findings of this study should be transferrable to data from other optical sensors with a higher spatial resolution. However, the high impact of outliers from the general climatic pattern highlights the limitation of spatial transferability to locations with different climatic and land cover conditions. The use of high-temporal, moderate resolution data such as MODIS in conjunction with machine-learning techniques proved to be a good base for the prediction of image acquisition timing for optimal land cover classification results.

  3. Time-series observations of hydrothermal discharge using an acoustic imaging sonar: a NEPTUNE observatory case study

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    Xu, Guangyu; Bemis, Karen; Jackson, Darrell; Light, Russ

    2015-04-01

    One intriguing feature of a mid-ocean ridge hydrothermal system is the intimate interconnections among hydrothermal, geological, oceanic, and biological processes. The advent of the NEPTUNE observatory operated by Ocean Networks Canada at the Endeavour Segment, Juan de Fuca Ridge enables scientists to study these interconnections through multidisciplinary, continuous, real-time observations. In this study, we present the time-series observations of a seafloor hydrothermal vent made using the Cabled Observatory Vent Imaging Sonar (COVIS). COVIS is currently connected to the NEPTUNE observatory to monitor the hydrothermal discharge from the Grotto mound on the Endeavour Segment. Since its deployment in 2010, COVIS has recorded a 3-year long dataset of the shape and outflow fluxes of the buoyant plumes above Grotto along with the areal coverage of its diffuse flow discharge. The interpretation of these data in light of contemporaneous observations of ocean currents, venting temperature, and seismicity made using other NEPTUNE observatory instruments reveals significant impacts of ocean currents and geological events on hydrothermal venting. In this study, we summarize these findings in the hope of forming a more complete understanding of the intricate interconnections among oceanic, geological, and hydrothermal processes.

  4. Development of a spatio-temporal disaggregation method (DisNDVI) for generating a time series of fine resolution NDVI images

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    Bindhu, V. M.; Narasimhan, B.

    2015-03-01

    Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), a key parameter in understanding the vegetation dynamics, has high spatial and temporal variability. However, continuous monitoring of NDVI is not feasible at fine spatial resolution (<60 m) owing to the long revisit time needed by the satellites to acquire the fine spatial resolution data. Further, the study attains significance in the case of humid tropical regions of the earth, where the prevailing atmospheric conditions restrict availability of fine resolution cloud free images at a high temporal frequency. As an alternative to the lack of high resolution images, the current study demonstrates a novel disaggregation method (DisNDVI) which integrates the spatial information from a single fine resolution image and temporal information in terms of crop phenology from time series of coarse resolution images to generate estimates of NDVI at fine spatial and temporal resolution. The phenological variation of the pixels captured at the coarser scale provides the basis for relating the temporal variability of the pixel with the NDVI available at fine resolution. The proposed methodology was tested over a 30 km × 25 km spatially heterogeneous study area located in the south of Tamil Nadu, India. The robustness of the algorithm was assessed by an independent comparison of the disaggregated NDVI and observed NDVI obtained from concurrent Landsat ETM+ imagery. The results showed good spatial agreement across the study area dominated with agriculture and forest pixels, with a root mean square error of 0.05. The validation done at the coarser scale showed that disaggregated NDVI spatially averaged to 240 m compared well with concurrent MODIS NDVI at 240 m (R2 > 0.8). The validation results demonstrate the effectiveness of DisNDVI in improving the spatial and temporal resolution of NDVI images for utility in fine scale hydrological applications such as crop growth monitoring and estimation of evapotranspiration.

  5. Estimating daily time series of streamflow using hydrological model calibrated based on satellite observations of river water surface width: Toward real world applications.

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    Sun, Wenchao; Ishidaira, Hiroshi; Bastola, Satish; Yu, Jingshan

    2015-05-01

    Lacking observation data for calibration constrains applications of hydrological models to estimate daily time series of streamflow. Recent improvements in remote sensing enable detection of river water-surface width from satellite observations, making possible the tracking of streamflow from space. In this study, a method calibrating hydrological models using river width derived from remote sensing is demonstrated through application to the ungauged Irrawaddy Basin in Myanmar. Generalized likelihood uncertainty estimation (GLUE) is selected as a tool for automatic calibration and uncertainty analysis. Of 50,000 randomly generated parameter sets, 997 are identified as behavioral, based on comparing model simulation with satellite observations. The uncertainty band of streamflow simulation can span most of 10-year average monthly observed streamflow for moderate and high flow conditions. Nash-Sutcliffe efficiency is 95.7% for the simulated streamflow at the 50% quantile. These results indicate that application to the target basin is generally successful. Beyond evaluating the method in a basin lacking streamflow data, difficulties and possible solutions for applications in the real world are addressed to promote future use of the proposed method in more ungauged basins. PMID:25680241

  6. Satellite camera image navigation

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    Kamel, Ahmed A. (Inventor); Graul, Donald W. (Inventor); Savides, John (Inventor); Hanson, Charles W. (Inventor)

    1987-01-01

    Pixels within a satellite camera (1, 2) image are precisely located in terms of latitude and longitude on a celestial body, such as the earth, being imaged. A computer (60) on the earth generates models (40, 50) of the satellite's orbit and attitude, respectively. The orbit model (40) is generated from measurements of stars and landmarks taken by the camera (1, 2), and by range data. The orbit model (40) is an expression of the satellite's latitude and longitude at the subsatellite point, and of the altitude of the satellite, as a function of time, using as coefficients (K) the six Keplerian elements at epoch. The attitude model (50) is based upon star measurements taken by each camera (1, 2). The attitude model (50) is a set of expressions for the deviations in a set of mutually orthogonal reference optical axes (x, y, z) as a function of time, for each camera (1, 2). Measured data is fit into the models (40, 50) using a walking least squares fit algorithm. A transformation computer (66 ) transforms pixel coordinates as telemetered by the camera (1, 2) into earth latitude and longitude coordinates, using the orbit and attitude models (40, 50).

  7. Satellite Retrievals of Vegetation Optical Depth Using Time-Series of Dual-Polarized and Single Look-Angle Global Microwave Observations

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    Piles, M.; Konings, A. G.; Mccoll, K. A.; Chan, S.; Entekhabi, D.

    2014-12-01

    Our ability to close the Earth's carbon budget and predict feedbacks in a warming climate depends critically on knowing where, when and how carbon dioxide is exchanged. Vegetation biomass is an important carbon sink that varies significantly over annual and inter-annual timescales. At global scales, the only feasible approach for monitoring vegetation biomass is satellite remote sensing. In this regard, existing passive microwave missions have the potential of estimating Vegetation Optical Depth (VOD), an indicator of total aboveground vegetation water content, closely related to vegetation biomass. Present approaches provide VOD as a soil moisture inversion residual at every time step and are therefore highly contaminated by residuals from model error. This work presents a novel technique for retrieving VOD using time-series of dual-polarized microwave observations. Taking advantage of the slow-time dynamics of VOD, a number of consecutive observations are used to estimate a single VOD. The soil dielectric constant of each observation is also retrieved simultaneously and later used as a consistency check. The method has been applied to two years of L-band passive observations from the NASA's Aquarius sensor. Results show global VOD distribution follows general gradients of climate and canopy biomass conditions, with characteristic seasonal variability among the major land cover classes. Satellite retrievals of microwave VOD provide independent but complementary information to other remote sensing vegetation metrics such as fluorescence and optical-infrared indices. The method presented here could be used in satellite missions such as SMOS and SMAP to decouple soil effects from vegetation, for the benefit of soil moisture retrievals. Also, it could be used to generate a new observational record of vegetation water content for a more comprehensive view of land surface phenology and terrestrial ecology.

  8. A statistical framework for the analysis of long image time series: The effect of anthropogenic change on land surface phenology

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    de Beurs, Kirsten M.

    Significant global changes affect the carbon and water cycles as well as the biodiversity on earth. Mapping and monitoring these changes can aid in the understanding and distinction between anthropogenic and biophysical impacts on the land surface. In the context of scientific and social debate on the pace and extent of global climate change, it is extremely important to have methods that are capable of distinguishing between expected variability and significant change. In this dissertation I have presented a statistical framework for the analysis of long image time series that consists of robust techniques for step change analysis, temporal trend analysis, and the modeling of land surface phenology (LSP) and analysis of LSP change. This framework helps to fill a gap in the remote sensing literature on appropriate approaches to quantitative change analysis. I have described two main application areas for the statistical framework: (1) Quality analysis of NOAA AVHRR NDVI datasets. The analysis of more than 2 million km2 of desert and semi-desert ecoregions in Central Asia revealed significant sensor artifacts in the Pathfinder AVHRR Land (PAL) NDVI dataset. I have found that the comparison of data from any combination of NOAA-7, NOAA-9 and NOAA-14 can be used for land surface change analyses, but that the inclusion of NOAH-11 AVHRR NDVI data in trend analyses may result in the detection of spurious trends. Furthermore, I have shown that two versions of NOAA AVHRR NDVI datasets with similar characteristics can yield very different conclusions on land surface change. (2) Using the PAL NDVI data, I applied the framework to address the question of whether the institutional changes accompanying the collapse of the Soviet Union resulted in significant changes in land surface phenologies across Northern Eurasia and Kazakhstan in particular. Using multiple lines of evidence provided by the statistical framework, I was able to distinguish between anthropogenic impacts and interannual climatic fluctuations on the land surface phenology.

  9. Thirty Years of Vegetation Change in the Coastal Santa Cruz Mountains of Northern California Detected Using Landsat Satellite Image Analysis

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    Potter, Christopher

    2015-01-01

    Results from Landsat satellite image times series analysis since 1983 of this study area showed gradual, statistically significant increases in the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) in more than 90% of the (predominantly second-growth) evergreen forest locations sampled.

  10. Disaggregating times series data

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    Joubert, S.B.; Burr, T.; Scovel, J.C.

    1997-05-01

    This report describes our experiences with disaggregating time series data. Suppose we have gathered data every two seconds and want to guess the data at one-second intervals. Under certain assumptions, there are several reasonable disaggregation methods as well as several performance measures to judge their performance. Here we present results for both simulated and real data for two methods using several performance criteria.

  11. Analysis of Forest Fire Disturbance in the Western United States Using Landsat Time Series Images: 1985 to 2005

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    Wicklein, H. F.; Collatz, G. J.; Masek, J.; Williams, C.

    2008-12-01

    In this study we used two different disturbance maps (both utilizing 30 m resolution Landsat imagery) to assess disturbance trends in Western US forests. The first are maps developed by the NAFD project (North American Forest Dynamics). Each NAFD data cube contains an annual-biennial record of forest disturbance events from 1984-2005. We complimented the NAFD maps with MTBS maps (Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity). MTBS solely maps fire disturbance, recording historical (1985-2005) and contemporary burn severity and fire perimeter across the United States. We used Landsat time series stacks for four locations: Oregon (Landsat path 45 row 29), California (p43r33), Idaho (p41r29), and Utah (p32r37). In all four stacks, fire was a relatively small percentage of the total forest disturbance (ranging from 8% in Utah to 27% in Oregon for the entire 20 year period). We also found that the years with greatest burned area were years with a high aridity index (lower precipitation and higher temperatures), a condition necessary, but not sufficient for fire activity. To assess post-disturbance vegetation regrowth we used two spectral indices, the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) and the Normalized Burn Ratio (NBR). Both indices are sensitive to well-defined spectral paths that forests follow during and after disturbance. As expected, NDVI and NBR were lowest (highest) for the highest (lowest) severity class burned area. However, NBR and NDVI only appear to respond to vegetative reflectance in the first decade after a burn. Therefore, they give useful information on location, timing, and magnitude of disturbance, but direct measurement of biomass with other sensors would be necessary to obtain additional ecological information.

  12. Wavelet filtering of time-series moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer data for rice crop mapping using support vector machines and maximum likelihood classifier

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    Chen, Chi-Farn; Son, Nguyen-Thanh; Chen, Cheng-Ru; Chang, Ly-Yu

    2011-01-01

    Rice is the most important economic crop in Vietnam's Mekong Delta (MD). It is the main source of employment and income for rural people in this region. Yearly estimates of rice growing areas and delineation of spatial distribution of rice crops are needed to devise agricultural economic plans and to ensure security of the food supply. The main objective of this study is to map rice cropping systems with respect to monitoring agricultural practices in the MD using time-series moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer (MODIS) normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) 250-m data. These time-series NDVI data were derived from the 8-day MODIS 250-m data acquired in 2008. Various spatial and nonspatial data were also used for accuracy verification. The method used in this study consists of the following three main steps: 1. filtering noise from the time-series NDVI data using wavelet transformation (Coiflet 4); 2. classification of rice cropping systems using parametric and nonparametric classification algorithms: the maximum likelihood classifier (MLC) and support vector machines (SVMs); and 3. verification of classification results using ground truth data and government rice statistics. Good results can be found using wavelet transformation for cleaning rice signatures. The results of classification accuracy assessment showed that the SVMs outperformed the MLC. The overall accuracy and Kappa coefficient achieved by the SVMs were 89.7% and 0.86, respectively, while those achieved by the MLC were 76.2% and 0.68, respectively. Comparison of the MODIS-derived areas obtained by the SVMs with the government rice statistics at the provincial level also demonstrated that the results achieved by the SVMs (R2 = 0.95) were better than the MLC (R2 = 0.91). This study demonstrates the effectiveness of using a nonparametric classification algorithm (SVMs) and time-series MODIS NVDI data for rice crop mapping in the Vietnamese MD.

  13. Random time series in astronomy.

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    Vaughan, Simon

    2013-02-13

    Progress in astronomy comes from interpreting the signals encoded in the light received from distant objects: the distribution of light over the sky (images), over photon wavelength (spectrum), over polarization angle and over time (usually called light curves by astronomers). In the time domain, we see transient events such as supernovae, gamma-ray bursts and other powerful explosions; we see periodic phenomena such as the orbits of planets around nearby stars, radio pulsars and pulsations of stars in nearby galaxies; and we see persistent aperiodic variations ('noise') from powerful systems such as accreting black holes. I review just a few of the recent and future challenges in the burgeoning area of time domain astrophysics, with particular attention to persistently variable sources, the recovery of reliable noise power spectra from sparsely sampled time series, higher order properties of accreting black holes, and time delays and correlations in multi-variate time series. PMID:23277606

  14. Pattern Recognition in Time Series

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    Lin, Jessica; Williamson, Sheri; Borne, Kirk D.; DeBarr, David

    2012-03-01

    Perhaps the most commonly encountered data types are time series, touching almost every aspect of human life, including astronomy. One obvious problem of handling time-series databases concerns with its typically massive size—gigabytes or even terabytes are common, with more and more databases reaching the petabyte scale. For example, in telecommunication, large companies like AT&T produce several hundred millions long-distance records per day [Cort00]. In astronomy, time-domain surveys are relatively new—these are surveys that cover a significant fraction of the sky with many repeat observations, thereby producing time series for millions or billions of objects. Several such time-domain sky surveys are now completed, such as the MACHO [Alco01],OGLE [Szym05], SDSS Stripe 82 [Bram08], SuperMACHO [Garg08], and Berkeley’s Transients Classification Pipeline (TCP) [Star08] projects. The Pan-STARRS project is an active sky survey—it began in 2010, a 3-year survey covering three-fourths of the sky with ˜60 observations of each field [Kais04]. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) project proposes to survey 50% of the visible sky repeatedly approximately 1000 times over a 10-year period, creating a 100-petabyte image archive and a 20-petabyte science database (http://www.lsst.org/). The LSST science database will include time series of over 100 scientific parameters for each of approximately 50 billion astronomical sources—this will be the largest data collection (and certainly the largest time series database) ever assembled in astronomy, and it rivals any other discipline’s massive data collections for sheer size and complexity. More common in astronomy are time series of flux measurements. As a consequence of many decades of observations (and in some cases, hundreds of years), a large variety of flux variations have been detected in astronomical objects, including periodic variations (e.g., pulsating stars, rotators, pulsars, eclipsing binaries, planetary transits), quasi-periodic variations (e.g., star spots, neutron star oscillations, active galactic nuclei), outburst events (e.g., accretion binaries, cataclysmic variable stars, symbiotic stars), transient events (e.g., gamma-ray bursts (GRB), flare stars, novae, supernovae (SNe)), stochastic variations (e.g., quasars, cosmic rays, luminous blue variables (LBVs)), and random events with precisely predictable patterns (e.g., microlensing events). Several such astrophysical phenomena are wavelength-specific cases, or were discovered as a result of wavelength-specific flux variations, such as soft gamma ray repeaters, x-ray binaries, radio pulsars, and gravitational waves. Despite the wealth of discoveries in this space of time variability, there is still a vast unexplored region, especially at low flux levels and short time scales (see also the chapter by Bloom and Richards in this book). Figure 28.1 illustrates the gap in astronomical knowledge in this time-domain space. The LSST project aims to explore phenomena in the time gap. In addition to flux-based time series, astronomical data also include motion-based time series. These include the trajectories of planets, comets, and asteroids in the Solar System, the motions of stars around the massive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, and the motion of gas filaments in the interstellar medium (e.g., expanding supernova blast wave shells). In most cases, the motions measured in the time series correspond to the actual changing positions of the objects being studied. In other cases, the detected motions indirectly reflect other changes in the astronomical phenomenon, such as light echoes reflecting across vast gas and dust clouds, or propagating waves.

  15. Simulation scheme of dusk scene using piece-wise multiple regression based on time-series color-block images

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    Liu, Chen-Chung; Yang, Chih-Chao

    2010-09-01

    Dusk and dawn are usually the most beautiful moments of the day, and are almost always too short for busy people nowadays to witness their coming. In this work, an efficient strategy for simulating a dusk scene of an outdoor scene image taken at other times before the sunset is presented. The strategy is a hybrid approach combining the piece-wise multiple regression (PMR) of data, discrete cosine transformation (DCT), and a look-up table algorithm. The process begins using a series of color-block images taken in the afternoon of a day. The best fitting functions of PMR for these color block images exist on separate planes (red, green, and blue) in the DCT domain individually. The reference databases of the DCT coefficients varying with respect to time are then established according to the best fitting functions of PMR. Finally, the dusk scene of an outdoor scene taken in the afternoon is synthesized by querying the reference database. The experiment results show that the presented algorithm can precisely simulate the desired dusk scene from a scene image taken in the afternoon.

  16. Geomatics techniques applied to time series of aerial images for multitemporal geomorphological analysis of the Miage Glacier (Mont Blanc).

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    Perotti, Luigi; Carletti, Roberto; Giardino, Marco; Mortara, Giovanni

    2010-05-01

    The Miage glacier is the major one in the Italian side of the Mont Blanc Massif, the third by area and the first by longitudinal extent among Italian glaciers. It is a typical debris covered glacier, since the end of the L.I.A. The debris coverage reduces ablation, allowing a relative stability of the glacier terminus, which is characterized by a wide and articulated moraine apparatus. For its conservative landforms, the Miage Glacier has a great importance for the analysis of the geomorphological response to recent climatic changes. Thanks to an organized existing archive of multitemporal aerial images (1935 to present) a photogrammetric approach has been applied to detect recent geomorphological changes in the Miage glacial basin. The research team provided: a) to digitize all the available images (still in analogic form) through photogrammetric scanners (very low image distortions devices) taking care of correctly defining the resolution of the acquisition compared to the scale mapping images are suitable for; b) to import digitized images into an appropriate digital photogrammetry software environment; c) to manage images in order, where possible, to carried out the stereo models orientation necessary for 3D navigation and plotting of critical geometric features of the glacier. Recognized geometric feature, referring to different periods, can be transferred to vector layers and imported in a GIS for further comparisons and investigations; d) to produce multi-temporal Digital Elevation Models for glacier volume changes; e) to perform orthoprojection of such images to obtain multitemporal orthoimages useful for areal an planar terrain evaluation and thematic analysis; f) to evaluate both planimetric positioning and height determination accuracies reachable through the photogrammetric process. Users have to known reliability of the measures they can do over such products. This can drive them to define the applicable field of this approach and this can help them to better program future flights for glacier survey; All produced data, differently from the original ones, can be considered as map products. All of them represent geocoded entity and maps that can be easily imported in a GIS for assessment and management. The operational workflow allowed to the definition of changes occurred over the Miage glacier area and to the interpretation of related significant geomorphological processes. Particular attention has been paid to the identification of changes in the debris cove pattern, to the differences calculation of glacial mass volumes, to the natural instability phenomena (landslides, debris flows, glacier lakes). Short-term climate trend has been evoked to the glacial expansion of mid 1980s quantified by remote sensing interpretation; contemporary activation of local glacial risks on the outer moraines has been mapped too. Glacial mass contraction of 1990-2000 has been traced and repeated rock falls accumulation over the Miage Glacier have been individualized. Later differential uplifts and subsidences of glacier topography have been interpreted as local intense differential ablation processes, recently associated to ephemeral epiglacial lakes formation.

  17. Aerial Photographs and Satellite Images

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    U.S. Geological Survey

    1997-01-01

    Photographs and other images of the Earth taken from the air and from space show a great deal about the planet's landforms, vegetation, and resources. Aerial and satellite images, known as remotely sensed images, permit accurate mapping of land cover and make landscape features understandable on regional, continental, and even global scales. Transient phenomena, such as seasonal vegetation vigor and contaminant discharges, can be studied by comparing images acquired at different times. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), which began using aerial photographs for mapping in the 1930's, archives photographs from its mapping projects and from those of some other Federal agencies. In addition, many images from such space programs as Landsat, begun in 1972, are held by the USGS. Most satellite scenes can be obtained only in digital form for use in computer-based image processing and geographic information systems, but in some cases are also available as photographic products.

  18. Modelling bursty time series

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    Vajna, Szabolcs; Tóth, Bálint; Kertész, János

    2013-10-01

    Many human-related activities show power-law decaying interevent time distribution with exponents usually varying between 1 and 2. We study a simple task-queuing model, which produces bursty time series due to the non-trivial dynamics of the task list. The model is characterized by a priority distribution as an input parameter, which describes the choice procedure from the list. We give exact results on the asymptotic behaviour of the model and we show that the interevent time distribution is power-law decaying for any kind of input distributions that remain normalizable in the infinite list limit, with exponents tunable between 1 and 2. The model satisfies a scaling law between the exponents of interevent time distribution (?) and autocorrelation function (?): ? + ? = 2. This law is general for renewal processes with power-law decaying interevent time distribution. We conclude that slowly decaying autocorrelation function indicates long-range dependence only if the scaling law is violated.

  19. Characterizing Methane Emissions at Local Scales with a 20 Year Total Hydrocarbon Time Series, Imaging Spectrometry, and Web Facilitated Analysis

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    Bradley, Eliza Swan

    Methane is an important greenhouse gas for which uncertainty in local emission strengths necessitates improved source characterizations. Although CH4 plume mapping did not motivate the NASA Airborne Visible InfraRed Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) design and municipal air quality monitoring stations were not intended for studying marine geological seepage, these assets have capabilities that can make them viable for studying concentrated (high flux, highly heterogeneous) CH4 sources, such as the Coal Oil Point (COP) seep field (˜0.015 Tg CH4 yr-1) offshore Santa Barbara, California. Hourly total hydrocarbon (THC) data, spanning 1990 to 2008 from an air pollution station located near COP, were analyzed and showed geologic CH4 emissions as the dominant local source. A band ratio approach was developed and applied to high glint AVIRIS data over COP, resulting in local-scale mapping of natural atmospheric CH4 plumes. A Cluster-Tuned Matched Filter (CTMF) technique was applied to Gulf of Mexico AVIRIS data to detect CH4 venting from offshore platforms. Review of 744 platform-centered CTMF subsets was facilitated through a flexible PHP-based web portal. This dissertation demonstrates the value of investigating municipal air quality data and imaging spectrometry for gathering insight into concentrated methane source emissions and highlights how flexible web-based solutions can help facilitate remote sensing research.

  20. A spatiotemporal mining framework for abnormal association patterns in marine environments with a time series of remote sensing images

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    Xue, Cunjin; Song, Wanjiao; Qin, Lijuan; Dong, Qing; Wen, Xiaoyang

    2015-06-01

    A spatiotemporal mining framework is a novel tool for the analysis of marine association patterns using multiple remote sensing images. From data pretreatment, to algorithm design, to association rule mining and pattern visualization, this paper outlines a spatiotemporal mining framework for abnormal association patterns in marine environments, including pixel-based and object-based mining models. Within this framework, some key issues are also addressed. In the data pretreatment phase, we propose an algorithm for extracting abnormal objects or pixels over marine surfaces, and construct a mining transaction table with object-based and pixel-based strategies. In the mining algorithm phase, a recursion method to construct a direct association pattern tree is addressed with an asymmetric mutual information table, and a recursive mining algorithm to find frequent items. In the knowledge visualization phase, a "Dimension-Attributes" visualization framework is used to display spatiotemporal association patterns. Finally, spatiotemporal association patterns for marine environmental parameters in the Pacific Ocean are identified, and the results prove the effectiveness and the efficiency of the proposed mining framework.

  1. Evaluating the Impact of Abrupt Changes in Forest Policy and Management Practices on Landscape Dynamics: Analysis of a Landsat Image Time Series in the Atlantic Northern Forest

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    Legaard, Kasey R.; Sader, Steven A.; Simons-Legaard, Erin M.

    2015-01-01

    Sustainable forest management is based on functional relationships between management actions, landscape conditions, and forest values. Changes in management practices make it fundamentally more difficult to study these relationships because the impacts of current practices are difficult to disentangle from the persistent influences of past practices. Within the Atlantic Northern Forest of Maine, U.S.A., forest policy and management practices changed abruptly in the early 1990s. During the 1970s-1980s, a severe insect outbreak stimulated salvage clearcutting of large contiguous tracts of spruce-fir forest. Following clearcut regulation in 1991, management practices shifted abruptly to near complete dependence on partial harvesting. Using a time series of Landsat satellite imagery (1973-2010) we assessed cumulative landscape change caused by these very different management regimes. We modeled predominant temporal patterns of harvesting and segmented a large study area into groups of landscape units with similar harvest histories. Time series of landscape composition and configuration metrics averaged within groups revealed differences in landscape dynamics caused by differences in management history. In some groups (24% of landscape units), salvage caused rapid loss and subdivision of intact mature forest. Persistent landscape change was created by large salvage clearcuts (often averaging > 100 ha) and conversion of spruce-fir to deciduous and mixed forest. In groups that were little affected by salvage (56% of landscape units), contemporary partial harvesting caused loss and subdivision of intact mature forest at even greater rates. Patch shape complexity and edge density reached high levels even where cumulative harvest area was relatively low. Contemporary practices introduced more numerous and much smaller patches of stand-replacing disturbance (typically averaging <15 ha) and a correspondingly large amount of edge. Management regimes impacted different areas to different degrees, producing different trajectories of landscape change that should be recognized when studying the impact of policy and management practices on forest ecology. PMID:26106893

  2. Satellite Image Mosaic Engine

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    Plesea, Lucian

    2006-01-01

    A computer program automatically builds large, full-resolution mosaics of multispectral images of Earth landmasses from images acquired by Landsat 7, complete with matching of colors and blending between adjacent scenes. While the code has been used extensively for Landsat, it could also be used for other data sources. A single mosaic of as many as 8,000 scenes, represented by more than 5 terabytes of data and the largest set produced in this work, demonstrated what the code could do to provide global coverage. The program first statistically analyzes input images to determine areas of coverage and data-value distributions. It then transforms the input images from their original universal transverse Mercator coordinates to other geographical coordinates, with scaling. It applies a first-order polynomial brightness correction to each band in each scene. It uses a data-mask image for selecting data and blending of input scenes. Under control by a user, the program can be made to operate on small parts of the output image space, with check-point and restart capabilities. The program runs on SGI IRIX computers. It is capable of parallel processing using shared-memory code, large memories, and tens of central processing units. It can retrieve input data and store output data at locations remote from the processors on which it is executed.

  3. Seasonal shifts in satellite time series portend vegetation state change - verification using long-term data in an arid grassland ecosyste

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    Browning, D. M.; Maynard, J. J.; Karl, J.; Peters, D. C.

    2014-12-01

    The frequency and severity of drought is forecasted to increase in the 21st century. The need to understand how managed ecosystems respond to climate is intensified by uncertainty associated with knowing when, where, and how long drought conditions will manifest. Analysis of broad scale patterns in ecosystem productivity can inform our understanding of ecosystem dynamics and improve predictions for responses to climate extremes. We leveraged observations of plant biomass at a long-term ecological research site in southern New Mexico to verify the use of NDVI time-series as a proxy for landscape productivity from 13 years of MODIS data. The period between 2000 and 2013 encompassed years of sustained drought (2000-2003) and record-breaking high rainfall (2006 and 2008) that yielded decreases followed by increases in biomass with a restructuring of plant communities. We decomposed patterns derived from the 250m MODIS NDVI product over this period into contributions from the long-term trend, seasonal cycle, and unexplained variance using the Breaks For Additive Seasonal and Trend (BFAST) model to identify significant deviations from the modelled trend and seasonal components. Observed breakpoints in NDVI trend and seasonal components were verified with field estimates of species-specific biomass data at 15 sites. We found that breaks in the trend reflected large changes in mean biomass and seasonal breaks reflected changes in dominance of perennial grasses, shrubs, and/or annual grasses. The BFAST method proved useful for detecting observed state changes in this arid ecosystem. The ability to distinguish between long-term phenological change and temporal variability is strongly needed in water-limited ecosystems with high inter-annual variability in primary productivity. We demonstrate that time-series analysis of NDVI data holds potential for monitoring landscape condition at spatial scales needed to generate indicators for ecosystem responses to changing climate.

  4. GPS Position Time Series @ JPL

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    Owen, Susan; Moore, Angelyn; Kedar, Sharon; Liu, Zhen; Webb, Frank; Heflin, Mike; Desai, Shailen

    2013-01-01

    Different flavors of GPS time series analysis at JPL - Use same GPS Precise Point Positioning Analysis raw time series - Variations in time series analysis/post-processing driven by different users. center dot JPL Global Time Series/Velocities - researchers studying reference frame, combining with VLBI/SLR/DORIS center dot JPL/SOPAC Combined Time Series/Velocities - crustal deformation for tectonic, volcanic, ground water studies center dot ARIA Time Series/Coseismic Data Products - Hazard monitoring and response focused center dot ARIA data system designed to integrate GPS and InSAR - GPS tropospheric delay used for correcting InSAR - Caltech's GIANT time series analysis uses GPS to correct orbital errors in InSAR - Zhen Liu's talking tomorrow on InSAR Time Series analysis

  5. MODIS Vegetation Indices time series improvement considering real acquisition dates

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    Testa, S.; Borgogno Mondino, E.

    2013-12-01

    Satellite Vegetation Indices (VI) time series images are widely used for the characterization phenology, which requires a high temporal accuracy of the satellite data. The present work is based on the MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) MOD13Q1 product - Vegetation Indices 16-Day L3 Global 250m, which is generated through a maximum value compositing process that reduces the number of cloudy pixels and excludes, when possible, off-nadir ones. Because of its 16-days compositing period, the distance between two adjacent-in-time values within each pixel NDVI time series can range from 1 to 32 days, thus not acceptable for phenologic studies. Moreover, most of the available smoothing algorithms, which are widely used for phenology characterization, assume that data points are equidistant in time and contemporary over the image. The objective of this work was to assess temporal features of NDVI time series over a test area, composed by Castanea sativa (chestnut) and Fagus sylvatica (beech) pure pixels within the Piemonte region in Northwestern Italy. Firstly, NDVI, Pixel Reliability (PR) and Composite Day of the Year (CDOY) data ranging from 2000 to 2011 were extracted from MOD13Q1 and corresponding time series were generated (in further computations, 2000 was not considered since it is not complete because acquisition began in February and calibration is unreliable until October). Analysis of CDOY time series (containing the actual reference date of each NDVI value) over the selected study areas showed NDVI values to be prevalently generated from data acquired at the centre of each 16-days period (the 9th day), at least constantly along the year. This leads to consider each original NDVI value nominally placed to the centre of its 16-days reference period. Then, a new NDVI time series was generated: a) moving each NDVI value to its actual "acquisition" date, b) interpolating the obtained temporary time series through SPLINE functions, c) sampling such function to the 9th day of each 16-days period. TIMESAT 3.1 was used to filter and smooth both NDVI time series, with the PR time series used to underweight cloudy pixels, and to extract from each one a set of three seasonality parameters (starting season and end season dates, length of season). Lastly, differences between seasonality parameters were calculated for each considered year. Results showed a negative bias in starting season date estimation through the not-improved NDVI time series (starting season is anticipated) and a positive bias when estimating the end season date (end season occurrence is postponed). The combination of such biases affects the estimated length of the growing season, which results longer in the original, uncorrected MOD13Q1 time series than in the improved time series.

  6. Uncertainties assessment and satellite validation over 2 years time series of multispectral and hyperspectral measurements in coastal waters at Long Island Sound Coastal Observatory

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    Ahmed, S. A.; Harmel, T.; Gilerson, A.; Tonizzo, A.; Hlaing, S.; Weidemann, A.; Arnone, R. A.

    2011-11-01

    Optical remote sensing of coastal waters from space is a basic requirement for monitoring global water quality and assessing anthropogenic impacts. However, this task remains highly challenging due to the optical complexity of the atmosphere-water system in coastal areas. In order to support present and future multi- and hyper-spectral calibration/validation activities for the Ocean Color Radiometry (OCR) satellites, as well as the development of new measurements and retrieval techniques for coastal waters, City College of New York along with the Naval Research Laboratory (Stennis) has established a scientifically comprehensive observation platform, the Long Island Sound Coastal Observatory (LISCO). As an integral part of the NASA AERONET - Ocean Color Network, LISCO is equipped with a multispectral SeaPRISM system. In addition, LISCO expands its observational capabilities through hyperspectral measurements with a HyperSAS system. The related multi- and hyperspectral data processing and data quality analysis are described. The three main OCR satellites, MERIS, MODIS and SeaWiFS, have been evaluated against the LISCO dataset of quality-checked measurements of SeaPRISM and HyperSAS. Adjacency effects impacting satellite data have been analyzed and found negligible. The remote sensing reflectances retrieved from satellite and in situ data are also compared. These comparisons show satisfactory correlations (R2 > 0.91 at 547nm) and consistencies (median value of the absolute percentage difference ~ 7.4%). It is also found that merging of the SeaPRISM and HyperSAS data at LISCO site significantly improve the overall data quality which makes this dataset highly suitable for satellite data validation purposes or for potential vicarious calibration activities.

  7. Developing consistent time series landsat data products

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    The Landsat series satellite has provided earth observation data record continuously since early 1970s. There are increasing demands on having a consistent time series of Landsat data products. In this presentation, I will summarize the work supported by the USGS Landsat Science Team project from 20...

  8. Mapping crop phenology using NDVI time-series derived from HJ-1 A/B data

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    Pan, Zhuokun; Huang, Jingfeng; Zhou, Qingbo; Wang, Limin; Cheng, Yongxiang; Zhang, Hankui; Blackburn, George Alan; Yan, Jing; Liu, Jianhong

    2015-02-01

    With the availability of high frequent satellite data, crop phenology could be accurately mapped using time-series remote sensing data. Vegetation index time-series data derived from AVHRR, MODIS, and SPOT-VEGETATION images usually have coarse spatial resolution. Mapping crop phenology parameters using higher spatial resolution images (e.g., Landsat TM-like) is unprecedented. Recently launched HJ-1 A/B CCD sensors boarded on China Environment Satellite provided a feasible and ideal data source for the construction of high spatio-temporal resolution vegetation index time-series. This paper presented a comprehensive method to construct NDVI time-series dataset derived from HJ-1 A/B CCD and demonstrated its application in cropland areas. The procedures of time-series data construction included image preprocessing, signal filtering, and interpolation for daily NDVI images then the NDVI time-series could present a smooth and complete phenological cycle. To demonstrate its application, TIMESAT program was employed to extract phenology parameters of crop lands located in Guanzhong Plain, China. The small-scale test showed that the crop season start/end derived from HJ-1 A/B NDVI time-series was comparable with local agro-metrological observation. The methodology for reconstructing time-series remote sensing data had been proved feasible, though forgoing researches will improve this a lot in mapping crop phenology. Last but not least, further studies should be focused on field-data collection, smoothing method and phenology definitions using time-series remote sensing data.

  9. Satellite imagery meets prepress - Producing image maps

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    Audrain, V.; Fehrenbach, J.; Reading, M.; Stauffer, R. )

    1993-07-01

    Satellite imagery provided by Landsat, SPOT, AVHRR, and ERS-1 is being exploited for production of satellite image maps which incorporate images. Satellite image maps produced by transforming digital imagery acquired by spaceborn platforms into lithographic printed maps are used in two primary areas: large scale orthophoto maps for the engineering and construction industries and small-scale satellite image maps for the military and environmental resource organizations.

  10. Remote-Sensing Time Series Analysis, a Vegetation Monitoring Tool

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    McKellip, Rodney; Prados, Donald; Ryan, Robert; Ross, Kenton; Spruce, Joseph; Gasser, Gerald; Greer, Randall

    2008-01-01

    The Time Series Product Tool (TSPT) is software, developed in MATLAB , which creates and displays high signal-to- noise Vegetation Indices imagery and other higher-level products derived from remotely sensed data. This tool enables automated, rapid, large-scale regional surveillance of crops, forests, and other vegetation. TSPT temporally processes high-revisit-rate satellite imagery produced by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and by other remote-sensing systems. Although MODIS imagery is acquired daily, cloudiness and other sources of noise can greatly reduce the effective temporal resolution. To improve cloud statistics, the TSPT combines MODIS data from multiple satellites (Aqua and Terra). The TSPT produces MODIS products as single time-frame and multitemporal change images, as time-series plots at a selected location, or as temporally processed image videos. Using the TSPT program, MODIS metadata is used to remove and/or correct bad and suspect data. Bad pixel removal, multiple satellite data fusion, and temporal processing techniques create high-quality plots and animated image video sequences that depict changes in vegetation greenness. This tool provides several temporal processing options not found in other comparable imaging software tools. Because the framework to generate and use other algorithms is established, small modifications to this tool will enable the use of a large range of remotely sensed data types. An effective remote-sensing crop monitoring system must be able to detect subtle changes in plant health in the earliest stages, before the effects of a disease outbreak or other adverse environmental conditions can become widespread and devastating. The integration of the time series analysis tool with ground-based information, soil types, crop types, meteorological data, and crop growth models in a Geographic Information System, could provide the foundation for a large-area crop-surveillance system that could identify a variety of plant phenomena and improve monitoring capabilities.

  11. Mapping crop based on phenological characteristics using time-series NDVI of operational land imager data in Tadla irrigated perimeter, Morocco

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    Ouzemou, Jamal-eddine; El Harti, Abderrazak; EL Moujahid, Ali; Bouch, Naima; El Ouazzani, Rabii; Lhissou, Rachid; Bachaoui, El Mostafa

    2015-10-01

    Morocco is a primarily arid to semi-arid country. These climatic conditions make irrigation an imperative and inevitable technique. Especially, agriculture has a paramount importance for the national economy. Retrieving of crops and their location as well as their spatial extent is useful information for agricultural planning and better management of irrigation water resource. Remote sensing technology was often used in management and agricultural research. Indeed, it's allows crops extraction and mapping based on phenological characteristics, as well as yield estimation. The study area of this work is the Tadla irrigated perimeter which is characterized by heterogeneous areas and extremely small size fields. Our principal objectives are: (1) the delimitation of the major crops for a good water management, (2) the insulation of sugar beet parcels for modeling its yields. To achieve the traced goals, we have used Landsat-8 OLI (Operational Land Imager) data pan-sharpened to 15 m. Spectral Angle Mapper (SAM) and Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifications were applied to the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) time-series of 10 periods. Classifications were calculated for a site of more than 124000 ha. This site was divided into two parts: the first part for selecting, training datasets and the second one for validating the classification results. The SVM and SAM methods classified the principal crops with overall accuracies of 85.27% and 57.17% respectively, and kappa coefficient of 80% and 43% respectively. The study showed the potential of using time-series OLI NDVI data for mapping different crops in irrigated, heterogeneous and undersized parcels in arid and semi-arid environment.

  12. Collecting and Animating Online Satellite Images.

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    Irons, Ralph

    1995-01-01

    Describes how to generate automated classroom resources from the Internet. Topics covered include viewing animated satellite weather images using file transfer protocol (FTP); sources of images on the Internet; shareware available for viewing images; software for automating image retrieval; procedures for animating satellite images; and storing…

  13. A self-documenting source-independent data format for computer processing of tensor time series. [for filing satellite geophysical data

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    Mcpherron, R. L.

    1976-01-01

    The UCLA Space Science Group has developed a fixed format intermediate data set called a block data set, which is designed to hold multiple segments of multicomponent sampled data series. The format is sufficiently general so that tensor functions of one or more independent variables can be stored in the form of virtual data. This makes it possible for the unit data records of the block data set to be arrays of a single dependent variable rather than discrete samples. The format is self-documenting with parameter, label and header records completely characterizing the contents of the file. The block data set has been applied to the filing of satellite data (of ATS-6 among others).

  14. Permutations and time series analysis.

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    Cánovas, Jose S; Guillamón, Antonio

    2009-12-01

    The main aim of this paper is to show how the use of permutations can be useful in the study of time series analysis. In particular, we introduce a test for checking the independence of a time series which is based on the number of admissible permutations on it. The main improvement in our tests is that we are able to give a theoretical distribution for independent time series. PMID:20059199

  15. Development of an IUE Time Series Browser

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    Massa, Derck

    2005-01-01

    The International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE) satellite operated successfully for more than 17 years. Its archive of more than 100,000 science exposures is widely acknowledged as an invaluable scientific resource that will not be duplicated in the foreseeable future. We have searched this archive for objects which were observed 10 or more times with the same spectral dispersion and wavelength coverage over the lifetime of IUE. Using this definition of a time series, we find that roughly half of the science exposures are members of such time series. This paper describes a WEB-based IUE time series browser which enables the user to visually inspect the repeated observations for variability and to examine each member spectrum individually. Further, if the researcher determines that a specific data set is worthy of further investigation, it can be easily downloaded for further, detailed analysis.

  16. Novelty detection in time series of ULF magnetic and electric components obtained from DEMETER satellite experiments above Samoa (29 September 2009) earthquake region

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    Akhoondzadeh, M.

    2013-01-01

    Using ULF (ultra low frequency) measurements of magnetometer and ICE (Instrument Champ Electrique) experiments on board the DEMETER satellite, possible irregularities in ULF magnetic and electric components have been surveyed in the vicinity of Samoa (29 September 2009) earthquake region. The data used in this paper cover the period from 1 August 2009 to 11 October 2009. The anomalous variations in magnetic components (Bx, By and Bz) were clearly observed on 1 and 3 days before the event. It is seen that the periodic patterns of the magnetic components obviously changed prior to the earthquake. These unusual variations have been also observed in the variations of polarization index obtained from the magnetic components during the whole period at ~10:30 and ~22:30 LT. It is concluded that the polarization exhibits an apparent increase on 1 and 3 days preceding the earthquake. These observed unusual disturbances in ULF magnetic components were acknowledged using the detected perturbations in ULF electric components (Ex, Ey and Ez) in the geomagnetic coordinate system. Finally, the results reported in this paper were compared with previous results for this Samoa earthquake. Hence, the detected anomalies resulting from the magnetometer and ICE ULF waveforms in quiet geomagnetic conditions could be regarded as seismo-ionospheric precursors.

  17. Spot evolution on the red giant star XX Triangulum. A starspot-decay analysis based on time-series Doppler imaging

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    Künstler, A.; Carroll, T. A.; Strassmeier, K. G.

    2015-06-01

    Context. Solar spots appear to decay linearly proportional to their size. The decay rate of solar spots is directly related to magnetic diffusivity, which itself is a key quantity for the length of a magnetic-activity cycle. Is a linear spot decay also seen on other stars, and is this in agreement with the large range of solar and stellar activity cycle lengths? Aims: We investigate the evolution of starspots on the rapidly-rotating (Prot≈24 d) K0 giant XX Tri, using consecutive time-series Doppler images. Our aim is to obtain a well-sampled movie of the stellar surface over many years, and thereby detect and quantify a starspot decay law for further comparison with the Sun. Methods: We obtained continuous high-resolution and phase-resolved spectroscopy with the 1.2-m robotic STELLA telescope on Tenerife over six years, and these observations are ongoing. For each observing season, we obtained between 5 to 7 independent Doppler images, one per stellar rotation, making up a total of 36 maps. All images were reconstructed with our line-profile inversion code iMap. A wavelet analysis was implemented for denoising the line profiles. To quantify starspot area decay and growth, we match the observed images with simplified spot models based on a Monte Carlo approach. Results: It is shown that the surface of XX Tri is covered with large high-latitude and even polar spots and with occasional small equatorial spots. Just over the course of six years, we see a systematically changing spot distribution with various timescales and morphology, such as spot fragmentation and spot merging as well as spot decay and formation. An average linear decay of D = -0.022 ± 0.002 SH/day is inferred. We found evidence of an active longitude in phase toward the (unseen) companion star. Furthermore, we detect a weak solar-like differential rotation with a surface shear of α = 0.016 ± 0.003. From the decay rate, we determine a turbulent diffusivity of ηT = (6.3 ± 0.5) × 1014 cm2/s and predict a magnetic activity cycle of ≈26 ± 6 yr. Finally, we present a short movie of the spatially resolved surface of XX Tri. Based on data obtained with the STELLA robotic telescopes in Tenerife, an AIP facility jointly operated with IAC.Appendices and the movie are available in electronic form at http://www.aanda.org

  18. FROG: Time-series analysis

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    Allan, Alasdair

    2014-06-01

    FROG performs time series analysis and display. It provides a simple user interface for astronomers wanting to do time-domain astrophysics but still offers the powerful features found in packages such as PERIOD (ascl:1406.005). FROG includes a number of tools for manipulation of time series. Among other things, the user can combine individual time series, detrend series (multiple methods) and perform basic arithmetic functions. The data can also be exported directly into the TOPCAT (ascl:1101.010) application for further manipulation if needed.

  19. Time series with tailored nonlinearities

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    Räth, C.; Laut, I.

    2015-10-01

    It is demonstrated how to generate time series with tailored nonlinearities by inducing well-defined constraints on the Fourier phases. Correlations between the phase information of adjacent phases and (static and dynamic) measures of nonlinearities are established and their origin is explained. By applying a set of simple constraints on the phases of an originally linear and uncorrelated Gaussian time series, the observed scaling behavior of the intensity distribution of empirical time series can be reproduced. The power law character of the intensity distributions being typical for, e.g., turbulence and financial data can thus be explained in terms of phase correlations.

  20. Langevin equations from time series

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    Racca, E.; Porporato, A.

    2005-02-01

    We discuss the link between the approach to obtain the drift and diffusion of one-dimensional Langevin equations from time series, and Pope and Ching’s relationship for stationary signals. The two approaches are based on different interpretations of conditional averages of the time derivatives of the time series at given levels. The analysis provides a useful indication for the correct application of Pope and Ching’s relationship to obtain stochastic differential equations from time series and shows its validity, in a generalized sense, for nondifferentiable processes originating from Langevin equations.

  1. Langevin equations from time series.

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    Racca, E; Porporato, A

    2005-02-01

    We discuss the link between the approach to obtain the drift and diffusion of one-dimensional Langevin equations from time series, and Pope and Ching's relationship for stationary signals. The two approaches are based on different interpretations of conditional averages of the time derivatives of the time series at given levels. The analysis provides a useful indication for the correct application of Pope and Ching's relationship to obtain stochastic differential equations from time series and shows its validity, in a generalized sense, for nondifferentiable processes originating from Langevin equations. PMID:15783455

  2. A principal component network analysis of prefrontal-limbic functional magnetic resonance imaging time series in schizophrenia patients and healthy controls.

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    Rădulescu, Anca R; Mujica-Parodi, Lilianne R

    2009-12-30

    We investigated neural regulation of emotional arousal. We hypothesized that the interactions between the components of the prefrontal-limbic system determine the global trajectories of the individual's brain activation, with the strengths and modulations of these interactions being potentially key components underlying the differences between healthy individuals and those with schizophrenia. Using affect-valent facial stimuli presented to 11 medicated schizophrenia patients and 65 healthy controls, we activated neural regions associated with the emotional arousal response during functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Performing first a random effects analysis of the fMRI data to identify activated regions, we obtained 352 data-point time series for six brain regions: bilateral amygdala, hippocampus and two prefrontal regions (Brodmann Areas 9 and 45). Since standard statistical methods are not designed to capture system features and evolution, we used principal component analyses on two types of pre-processed data: contrasts and group averages. We captured an important characteristic of the evolution of our six-dimensional brain network: all subject trajectories are almost embedded in a two-dimensional plane. Moreover, the direction of the largest principal component was a significant differentiator between the control and patient populations: the left and right amygdala coefficients were substantially higher in the case of patients, and the coefficients of Brodmann Area 9 were, to a lesser extent, higher in controls. These results are evidence that modulations between the regions of interest are the important determinant factors for the system's dynamical behavior. We place our results within the context of other principal component analyses used in neuroimaging, as well as of our existing theoretical model of prefrontal-limbic dysregulation. PMID:19880294

  3. Potential of time series-hyperspectral imaging (TS-HSI) for non-invasive determination of microbial spoilage of salmon flesh.

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    Wu, Di; Sun, Da-Wen

    2013-07-15

    This study investigated the potential of using time series-hyperspectral imaging (TS-HSI) in visible and near infrared region (400-1700 nm) for rapid and non-invasive determination of surface total viable count (TVC) of salmon flesh during spoilage process. Hyperspectral cubes were acquired at different spoilage stages for salmon chops and their spectral data were extracted. The reference TVC values of the same samples were measured using standard plate count method and then calibrated with their corresponding spectral data based on two calibration methods of partial least square regression (PLSR) and least-squares support vector machines (LS-SVM), respectively. Competitive adaptive reweighted sampling (CARS) was conducted to identify the most important wavelengths/variables that had the greatest influence on the TVC prediction throughout the whole wavelength range. As a result, eight variables representing the wavelengths of 495 nm, 535 nm, 550 nm, 585 nm, 625 nm, 660 nm, 785 nm, and 915 nm were selected, which were used to reduce the high dimensionality of the hyperspectral data. On the basis of the selected variables, the models of PLSR and LS-SVM were established and their performances were compared. The CARS-PLSR model established using Spectral Set I (400-1000 nm) was considered to be the best for the TVC determination of salmon flesh. The model led to a coefficient of determination (rP(2)) of 0.985 and residual predictive deviation (RPD) of 5.127. At last, the best model was used to predict the TVC values of each pixel within the ROI of salmon chops for visualizing the TVC distribution of salmon flesh. The research demonstrated that TS-HSI technique has a potential for rapid and non-destructive determination of bacterial spoilage in salmon flesh during the spoilage process. PMID:23622523

  4. Developing an automated global validation site time series system for VIIRS

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    Wang, Wenhui; Cao, Changyong; Uprety, Sirish; Bai, Yan; Padula, Frank; Shao, Xi

    2014-10-01

    Long-term top of atmosphere (TOA) reflectance, brightness temperature, and band ratio time series over well-established validation sites provide important information for post-launch calibration stability monitoring and analysis. In this study, we present an automated and highly extensible global validation site time series system for the Visible and Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) onboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) satellite. The system includes 30 globally distributed sites. Validation site database and quality control parameters for each site can be easily modified without software code modification. VIIRS sensor data records over each validation site are automatically identified from NPP product archives. Validation time series plots for all VIIRS Reflective Solar Bands and Thermal Emissive Bands are updated daily and available online. Bands I2/M7 and I3/M10 inter-channel consistency analysis using the validation time series developed in this study is also included.

  5. Clustering of financial time series

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    D'Urso, Pierpaolo; Cappelli, Carmela; Di Lallo, Dario; Massari, Riccardo

    2013-05-01

    This paper addresses the topic of classifying financial time series in a fuzzy framework proposing two fuzzy clustering models both based on GARCH models. In general clustering of financial time series, due to their peculiar features, needs the definition of suitable distance measures. At this aim, the first fuzzy clustering model exploits the autoregressive representation of GARCH models and employs, in the framework of a partitioning around medoids algorithm, the classical autoregressive metric. The second fuzzy clustering model, also based on partitioning around medoids algorithm, uses the Caiado distance, a Mahalanobis-like distance, based on estimated GARCH parameters and covariances that takes into account the information about the volatility structure of time series. In order to illustrate the merits of the proposed fuzzy approaches an application to the problem of classifying 29 time series of Euro exchange rates against international currencies is presented and discussed, also comparing the fuzzy models with their crisp version.

  6. Mapping impervious surface expansion using medium resolution satellite image time series: A case study in Yangtze river delta, China

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    Due to the rapid growth of population and economic development in the developing countries, more people are now living in the cities than in the rural areas in the world for the first time in human history. As a result, cities are sprawling rapidly into their surroundings. A characteristic change as...

  7. Seasonal variabilty of surface velocities and ice discharge of Columbia Glacier, Alaska using high-resolution TanDEM-X satellite time series and NASA IceBridge data

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    Vijay, Saurabh; Braun, Matthias

    2014-05-01

    Columbia Glacier is a grounded tidewater glacier located on the south coast of Alaska. It has lost half of its volume during 1957-2007, more rapidly after 1980. It is now split into two branches, known as Main/East and West branch due to the dramatic retreat of ~ 23 km and calving of iceberg from its terminus in past few decades. In Alaska, a majority of the mass loss from glaciers is due to rapid ice flow and calving icebergs into tidewater and lacustrine environments. In addition, submarine melting and change in the frontal position can accelerate the ice flow and calving rate. We use time series of high-resolution TanDEM-X stripmap satellite imagery during 2011-2013. The active image of the bistatic TanDEM-X acquisitions, acquired over 11 or 22 day repeat intervals, are utilized to derive surface velocity fields using SAR intensity offset tracking. Due to the short temporal baselines, the precise orbit control and the high-resolution of the data, the accuracies of the velocity products are high. We observe a pronounce seasonal signal in flow velocities close to the glacier front of East/Main branch of Columbia Glacier. Maximum values at the glacier front reach up to 14 m/day were recorded in May 2012 and 12 m/day in June 2013. Minimum velocities at the glacier front are generally observed in September and October with lowest values below 2 m/day in October 2012. Months in between those dates show corresponding increase or deceleration resulting a kind of sinusoidal annual course of the surface velocity at the glacier front. The seasonal signal is consistently decreasing with the distance from the glacier front. At a distance of 17.5 km from the ice front, velocities are reduced to 2 m/day and almost no seasonal variability can be observed. We attribute these temporal and spatial variability to changes in the basal hydrology and lubrification of the glacier bed. Closure of the basal drainage system in early winter leads to maximum speeds while during a fully developed basal drainage system speeds are at their minimum. We also analyze the variation in conjunction with the prevailing meteorological conditions as well as changes in calving front position in order to exclude other potential influencing factors. In a second step, we also exploit TanDEM-X data to generate various digital elevation models (DEMs) at different time steps. The multi-temporal DEMs are used to estimate the difference in surface elevation and respective ice thickness changes. All TanDEM-X DEMs are well tied with a SPOT reference DEM. Errors are estimated over ice free moraines and rocky areas. The quality of the TanDEM-X DEMs on snow and ice covered areas are further assessed by a comparison to laser scanning data from NASA Icebridge campaigns. The time wise closest TanDEM-X DEMs were compared to the Icebridge tracks from winter and summer surveys in order to judge errors resulting from the radar penetration of the x/band radar signal into snow, ice and firn. The average differences between laser scanning and TanDEM-X in August, 2011 and March, 2012 are observed to be 8.48 m and 14.35 m respectively. Retreat rates of the glacier front are derived manually by digitizing the terminus position. By combining the data sets of ice velocity, ice thickness and the retreat rates at different time steps, we estimate the seasonal variability of the ice discharge of Columbia Glacier.

  8. Progress on the calibration of channel geometry and friction parameters of the LISFLOOD-FP hydraulic model using time series of SAR flood images

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    Wood, M.; Neal, J. C.; Hostache, R.; Corato, G.; Bates, P. D.; Chini, M.; Giustarini, L.; Matgen, P.; Wagener, T.

    2014-12-01

    The objective of this work is to calibrate channel depth and roughness parameters of the LISFLOOD-FP Sub-Grid 2D hydraulic model using SAR image-derived flood extent maps. The aim is to reduce uncertainty in flood model predictions for those rivers where channel geometry is unknown and/or cannot be easily measured. In particular we consider the effectiveness of using real SAR data for calibration and whether the number and timings of SAR acquisitions is of benefit to the final result. Terrain data are processed from 2m LiDAR images and inflows to the model are taken from gauged data. As a test case we applied the method to the River Severn between Worcester and Tewkesbury. We firstly applied the automatic flood mapping algorithm of Giustarini[1] et al. (2013) to ENVISAT ASAR (wide swath mode) flood images; generating a series of flood maps. We then created an ensemble of flood extent maps with the hydraulic model (each model representing a unique parameter set). Where there is a favourable comparison between the modelled flood map and the SAR obtained flood map we may suggest an optimal parameter set. Applying the method to a sequence of SAR acquisitions provides insight into the advantages, disadvantages and limitations of using series of acquired images. To complete the investigation we simultaneously explore parameter 'identifiabilty' within a sequence of available satellite observations by adopting the DYNIA method proposed by Wagener[2] et al. (2003). We show where we might most easily detect the depth and roughness parameters within the SAR acquisition sequence. [1] Giustarini. 2013. 'A Change Detection Approach to Flood Mapping in Urban Areas Using TerraSAR-X'. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing, vol. 51, no. 4. [2] Wagener. 2003. 'Towards reduced uncertainty in conceptual rainfall-runoff modelling: Dynamic identifiability analysis'. Hydrol. Process. 17, 455-476.

  9. Determining the type and starting time of land cover and land use change in Ghana based on discrete analysis of dense Landsat image time series

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    Shih, Hsiao-chien

    Accra, Ghana and environs have experienced extensive land cover and land use change, which warrants more frequent monitoring. In the study I develop and test approaches for semi-automatically identifying the type and date of land cover and land use change from multi-temporal series of Landsat ETM+ imagery from 2000 to 2014. Clouds, cloud shadows, and scan line corrector-off creates missing or null data in the ETM+ images. Forty-one dates of ETM+ images that partially contain missing data were used in this study. The general approach is to conduct a per-pixel supervised classification on each date of image after masking null data based on stable training sites. Spatial, temporal, and logical filters are applied to correct for misclassification and missing data. Each image is classified into three general classes: Built, Natural Vegetation, and Agricultural, with expansion of Built being our main focus. Reference data for Change-to-Built were independently selected from all available high spatial resolution satellite images, and the beginning time of change was recorded. The change product was used to characterize the urban expansion around Accra. The result shows that the temporal-filtered product identified both the location and the start of Change-to-Built more precisely and accurately. Based on reference data derived from visual imagery analysis, 40% of the Change-to-Built samples were correctly identified without filtering, whereas 80% were correctly identified when applying temporal filter with low amounts of false positive Change-to-Built pixels. The temporal-filtered products have the highest precision and accuracy in identifying the start of Change-to-Built: the identified Change-to-Built samples are on average 2.1 years difference with the reference data. Under the limitation of frequent cloud effect and limited historical archives of high resolution images, a discrete classification approach to LCLUC mapping is shown to be successful by this study, but continuous index approaches needs to be evaluated in future research.

  10. Cross-sensor comparisons between Landsat 5 TM and IRS-P6 AWiFS and disturbance detection using integrated Landsat and AWiFS time-series images

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    Chen, Xuexia; Vogelmann, James E.; Chander, Gyanesh; Ji, Lei; Tolk, Brian; Huang, Chengquan; Rollins, Matthew

    2013-01-01

    Routine acquisition of Landsat 5 Thematic Mapper (TM) data was discontinued recently and Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) has an ongoing problem with the scan line corrector (SLC), thereby creating spatial gaps when covering images obtained during the process. Since temporal and spatial discontinuities of Landsat data are now imminent, it is therefore important to investigate other potential satellite data that can be used to replace Landsat data. We thus cross-compared two near-simultaneous images obtained from Landsat 5 TM and the Indian Remote Sensing (IRS)-P6 Advanced Wide Field Sensor (AWiFS), both captured on 29 May 2007 over Los Angeles, CA. TM and AWiFS reflectances were compared for the green, red, near-infrared (NIR), and shortwave infrared (SWIR) bands, as well as the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) based on manually selected polygons in homogeneous areas. All R2 values of linear regressions were found to be higher than 0.99. The temporally invariant cluster (TIC) method was used to calculate the NDVI correlation between the TM and AWiFS images. The NDVI regression line derived from selected polygons passed through several invariant cluster centres of the TIC density maps and demonstrated that both the scene-dependent polygon regression method and TIC method can generate accurate radiometric normalization. A scene-independent normalization method was also used to normalize the AWiFS data. Image agreement assessment demonstrated that the scene-dependent normalization using homogeneous polygons provided slightly higher accuracy values than those obtained by the scene-independent method. Finally, the non-normalized and relatively normalized ‘Landsat-like’ AWiFS 2007 images were integrated into 1984 to 2010 Landsat time-series stacks (LTSS) for disturbance detection using the Vegetation Change Tracker (VCT) model. Both scene-dependent and scene-independent normalized AWiFS data sets could generate disturbance maps similar to what were generated using the LTSS data set, and their kappa coefficients were higher than 0.97. These results indicate that AWiFS can be used instead of Landsat data to detect multitemporal disturbance in the event of Landsat data discontinuity.

  11. CHEMICAL TIME-SERIES SAMPLING

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    The rationale for chemical time-series sampling has its roots in the same fundamental relationships as govern well hydraulics. Samples of ground water are collected as a function of increasing time of pumpage. The most efficient pattern of collection consists of logarithmically s...

  12. Satellite image classification using convolutional learning

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    Nguyen, Thao; Han, Jiho; Park, Dong-Chul

    2013-10-01

    A satellite image classification method using Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) architecture is proposed in this paper. As a special case of deep learning, CNN classifies classes of images without any feature extraction step while other existing classification methods utilize rather complex feature extraction processes. Experiments on a set of satellite image data and the preliminary results show that the proposed classification method can be a promising alternative over existing feature extraction-based schemes in terms of classification accuracy and classification speed.

  13. Use of time series of optical and SAR images in the estimation of snow cover for the optimization of water use in the Andes of Argentina and Chile

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    Salinas de Salmuni, Graciela; Cabezas Cartes, Ricardo; Menicocci, Felix

    2014-05-01

    This paper describes the progress in the bilateral cooperation project between academic and water resources management institutions from the Andes region of Argentina and Chile. The study zone is located in fragile ecosystems and mountain areas of the Andes (limit zone between the Province of San Juan, Argentina, and the IV Region of Coquimbo, Chile), with arid climate, where snow precipitates in the headwaters of watershed feed the rivers of the region by melting, which are the only source of water for human use, productive and energetic activities, as well as the native flora and fauna. CONAE, the Argentine Space Agency, participates in the Project through the provision of satellite data to the users and by this it contributes to ensuring the continuity of the results of the project. Also, it provides training in digital image processing. The project also includes the participation of water resource management institutions like Secretaria de Recursos Hidricos of Argentina and the Centro de Información de Recursos Naturales de Chile (CIREN), and of academic institution like the University of San Juan (Argentina) and University of La Serena (Chile). These institutions benefit from the incorporation of new methodologies advanced digital image processing and training of staff (researcher, lecturers, PhD Students and technical). Objectives: 1-Improve water distribution incorporating space technology for application in the prediction models of the stream flow. 2- Conduct an inventory of glaciers as well as studies in selected watersheds in the Andean region, aiming to know the water resource, its availability and potential risks to communities in the region. 3. Contribute to vulnerability studies in biodiversity Andean watersheds. Results: For estimation Snow cover Area, the MODIS images are appropriate due their high temporal resolution and allows for monitoring large areas (greater than 10 km) The proposed methodology (Use of snow index, NSDI) is appropriate for operational application because it is simple and easy to implement. From the analysis of multitemporal study in the region using COSMO SkyMed images, it is observed that the values of wet snow coverage, obtained along the 2012 hydrological cycle, are consistent with the dynamics of the same: The study area has a high rise and steep relief (up to 6400m), therefore the shadows loom large, processing optical and SAR images improve the results. The behavior of the accumulation process (winter) and snowmelt (summer), is influenced by the elevation of the different study areas. A high percentage (49%) of surface snow at higher elevations to 3000 m. This is due to the accumulation of snow increases with elevation, by the combined effect of low temperatures and increased precipitation snowy orographic effect. In studies of wet meadows with optical images, a high correspondence between the spectral classes and vigor of vegetation and soil moisture (seen in the field) so are considered as indicators of degradation of these ecosystems was observed

  14. Satellite image analysis using neural networks

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    Sheldon, Roger A.

    1990-01-01

    The tremendous backlog of unanalyzed satellite data necessitates the development of improved methods for data cataloging and analysis. Ford Aerospace has developed an image analysis system, SIANN (Satellite Image Analysis using Neural Networks) that integrates the technologies necessary to satisfy NASA's science data analysis requirements for the next generation of satellites. SIANN will enable scientists to train a neural network to recognize image data containing scenes of interest and then rapidly search data archives for all such images. The approach combines conventional image processing technology with recent advances in neural networks to provide improved classification capabilities. SIANN allows users to proceed through a four step process of image classification: filtering and enhancement, creation of neural network training data via application of feature extraction algorithms, configuring and training a neural network model, and classification of images by application of the trained neural network. A prototype experimentation testbed was completed and applied to climatological data.

  15. Entropy of electromyography time series

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    Kaufman, Miron; Zurcher, Ulrich; Sung, Paul S.

    2007-12-01

    A nonlinear analysis based on Renyi entropy is applied to electromyography (EMG) time series from back muscles. The time dependence of the entropy of the EMG signal exhibits a crossover from a subdiffusive regime at short times to a plateau at longer times. We argue that this behavior characterizes complex biological systems. The plateau value of the entropy can be used to differentiate between healthy and low back pain individuals.

  16. Inductive time series modeling program

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    Kirk, B.L.; Rust, B.W.

    1985-10-01

    A number of features that comprise environmental time series share a common mathematical behavior. Analysis of the Mauna Loa carbon dioxide record and other time series is aimed at constructing mathematical functions which describe as many major features of the data as possible. A trend function is fit to the data, removed, and the resulting residuals analyzed for any significant behavior. This is repeated until the residuals are driven to white noise. In the following discussion, the concept of trend will include cyclic components. The mathematical tools and program packages used are VARPRO (Golub and Pereyra 1973), for the least squares fit, and a modified version of our spectral analysis program (Kirk et al. 1979), for spectrum and noise analysis. The program is written in FORTRAN. All computations are done in double precision, except for the plotting calls where the DISSPLA package is used. The core requirement varies between 600 K and 700 K. The program is implemented on the IBM 360/370. Currently, the program can analyze up to five different time series where each series contains no more than 300 points. 12 refs.

  17. Image Stacking Techniques for GEO Satellites

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    Privett, G.; Appleby, G.; Sherwood, R.

    2014-09-01

    The detection of GEO satellites at faint magnitudes requires careful image processing. Image stacking techniques - registration followed by the combination of image sets - are frequently employed to reduce the impact of photon/electronic noise, image sensor artefacts and gamma ray strikes. They allow improved photometric results and enhanced sensitivity to be obtained. We present a comparative study of six possible approaches to the technique in a GEO satellite detection context. The authors examine data from a contemporaneous GEO satellite photometry monitoring activity undertaken during March 2014 by the British Geological Surveys Satellite Geodesy Facility in the UK, SpaceInsight Ltd in Cyprus and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory from the South Atlantic. Other results from the 3 site collection activity are also discussed.

  18. Introduction to Time Series Analysis

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    Hardin, J. C.

    1986-01-01

    The field of time series analysis is explored from its logical foundations to the most modern data analysis techniques. The presentation is developed, as far as possible, for continuous data, so that the inevitable use of discrete mathematics is postponed until the reader has gained some familiarity with the concepts. The monograph seeks to provide the reader with both the theoretical overview and the practical details necessary to correctly apply the full range of these powerful techniques. In addition, the last chapter introduces many specialized areas where research is currently in progress.

  19. Data compression for satellite images

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    Chen, P. H.; Wintz, P. A.

    1976-01-01

    An efficient data compression system is presented for satellite pictures and two grey level pictures derived from satellite pictures. The compression techniques take advantages of the correlation between adjacent picture elements. Several source coding methods are investigated. Double delta coding is presented and shown to be the most efficient. Both predictive differential quantizing technique and double delta coding can be significantly improved by applying a background skipping technique. An extension code is constructed. This code requires very little storage space and operates efficiently. Simulation results are presented for various coding schemes and source codes.

  20. ARMA Modeling of Time Series.

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    Cadzow, J A

    1982-02-01

    A method for efficiently generating a rational model of a wide-sense stationary time series is presented. In this method the autoregressive parameters associated with an ARMA model consisting of q zeros and p poles are optimally chosen with the selection being based on a finite set of time series observations. This selection is made so that a set of Yule-Walker equation approximations are ``best'' satisfied. The resultant autoregressive parameter estimates have the desired statistical feature of being unbiased and consistent. This estimation method has been found to provide a modeling performance which typically equals or exceeds that of contemporary alternatives. Moreover, this method is amenable to a computationally efficient adaptive solution procedure. The autoregressive parameters characterizing the resultant ARMA model estimate can serve the role of decision variables in pattern classification schemes. For example, these parameters can be utilized in determining whether or not a member(s) of a given signal class is contained within a noise corrupted measurement signal. This approach has been found to be particularly effective in Doppler radar and array processing applications in which one is looking for the presence of spectral lines (i.e., sinusoids) in the measurement signal. PMID:21869015

  1. Algorithm for Compressing Time-Series Data

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    Hawkins, S. Edward, III; Darlington, Edward Hugo

    2012-01-01

    An algorithm based on Chebyshev polynomials effects lossy compression of time-series data or other one-dimensional data streams (e.g., spectral data) that are arranged in blocks for sequential transmission. The algorithm was developed for use in transmitting data from spacecraft scientific instruments to Earth stations. In spite of its lossy nature, the algorithm preserves the information needed for scientific analysis. The algorithm is computationally simple, yet compresses data streams by factors much greater than two. The algorithm is not restricted to spacecraft or scientific uses: it is applicable to time-series data in general. The algorithm can also be applied to general multidimensional data that have been converted to time-series data, a typical example being image data acquired by raster scanning. However, unlike most prior image-data-compression algorithms, this algorithm neither depends on nor exploits the two-dimensional spatial correlations that are generally present in images. In order to understand the essence of this compression algorithm, it is necessary to understand that the net effect of this algorithm and the associated decompression algorithm is to approximate the original stream of data as a sequence of finite series of Chebyshev polynomials. For the purpose of this algorithm, a block of data or interval of time for which a Chebyshev polynomial series is fitted to the original data is denoted a fitting interval. Chebyshev approximation has two properties that make it particularly effective for compressing serial data streams with minimal loss of scientific information: The errors associated with a Chebyshev approximation are nearly uniformly distributed over the fitting interval (this is known in the art as the "equal error property"); and the maximum deviations of the fitted Chebyshev polynomial from the original data have the smallest possible values (this is known in the art as the "min-max property").

  2. It's time for a crisper image of the Face of the Earth: Landsat and climate time series for massive land cover & climate change mapping at detailed resolution.

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    Pons, Xavier; Miquel, Ninyerola; Oscar, González-Guerrero; Cristina, Cea; Pere, Serra; Alaitz, Zabala; Lluís, Pesquer; Ivette, Serral; Joan, Masó; Cristina, Domingo; Maria, Serra Josep; Jordi, Cristóbal; Chris, Hain; Martha, Anderson; Juanjo, Vidal

    2014-05-01

    Combining climate dynamics and land cover at a relative coarse resolution allows a very interesting approach to global studies, because in many cases these studies are based on a quite high temporal resolution, but they may be limited in large areas like the Mediterranean. However, the current availability of long time series of Landsat imagery and spatially detailed surface climate models allow thinking on global databases improving the results of mapping in areas with a complex history of landscape dynamics, characterized by fragmentation, or areas where relief creates intricate climate patterns that can be hardly monitored or modeled at coarse spatial resolutions. DinaCliVe (supported by the Spanish Government and ERDF, and by the Catalan Government, under grants CGL2012-33927 and SGR2009-1511) is the name of the project that aims analyzing land cover and land use dynamics as well as vegetation stress, with a particular emphasis on droughts, and the role that climate variation may have had in such phenomena. To meet this objective is proposed to design a massive database from long time series of Landsat land cover products (grouped in quinquennia) and monthly climate records (in situ climate data) for the Iberian Peninsula (582,000 km2). The whole area encompasses 47 Landsat WRS2 scenes (Landsat 4 to 8 missions, from path 197 to 202 and from rows 30 to 34), and 52 Landsat WRS1 scenes (for the previous Landsat missions, 212 to 221 and 30 to 34). Therefore, a mean of 49.5 Landsat scenes, 8 quinquennia per scene and a about 6 dates per quinquennium , from 1975 to present, produces around 2376 sets resulting in 30 m x 30 m spatial resolution maps. Each set is composed by highly coherent geometric and radiometric multispectral and multitemporal (to account for phenology) imagery as well as vegetation and wetness indexes, and several derived topographic information (about 10 Tbyte of data). Furthermore, on the basis on a previous work: the Digital Climatic Atlas of the Iberian Peninsula, spatio-temporal surface climate data has been generated with a monthly resolution (from January 1950 to December 2010) through a multiple regression model and residuals spatial interpolation using geographic variables (altitude, latitude and continentality) and solar radiation (only in the case of temperatures). This database includes precipitation, mean minimum and mean maximum air temperature and mean air temperature, improving the previous one by using the ASTER GDEM at 30 m spatial resolution, by deepening to a monthly resolution and by increasing the number of meteorological stations used, representing a total amount of 0.7 Tbyte of data. An initial validation shows accuracies higher than 85 % for land cover maps and an RMS of 1.2 ºC, 1.6 ºC and 22 mm for mean and extreme temperatures, and for precipitation, respectively. This amount of new detailed data for the Iberian Peninsula framework will be used to study the spatial direction, velocity and acceleration of the tendencies related to climate change, land cover and tree line dynamics. A global analysis using all these datasets will try to discriminate the climatic signal when interpreted together with anthropogenic driving forces. Ultimately, getting ready for massive database computation and analysis will improve predictions for global models that will require of the growing high-resolution information available.

  3. Aerial photographs and satellite images

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    U.S. Geological Survey

    1995-01-01

    Because photographs and images taken from the air or from space are acquired without direct contact with the ground, they are referred to as remotely sensed images. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has used remote sensing from the early years of the 20th century to support earth science studies and for mapping purposes.

  4. Multivariate Time Series Similarity Searching

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    Wang, Jimin; Zhu, Yuelong; Li, Shijin; Wan, Dingsheng; Zhang, Pengcheng

    2014-01-01

    Multivariate time series (MTS) datasets are very common in various financial, multimedia, and hydrological fields. In this paper, a dimension-combination method is proposed to search similar sequences for MTS. Firstly, the similarity of single-dimension series is calculated; then the overall similarity of the MTS is obtained by synthesizing each of the single-dimension similarity based on weighted BORDA voting method. The dimension-combination method could use the existing similarity searching method. Several experiments, which used the classification accuracy as a measure, were performed on six datasets from the UCI KDD Archive to validate the method. The results show the advantage of the approach compared to the traditional similarity measures, such as Euclidean distance (ED), cynamic time warping (DTW), point distribution (PD), PCA similarity factor (SPCA), and extended Frobenius norm (Eros), for MTS datasets in some ways. Our experiments also demonstrate that no measure can fit all datasets, and the proposed measure is a choice for similarity searches. PMID:24895665

  5. Reducing uncertainty on satellite image classification through spatiotemporal reasoning

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    Partsinevelos, Panagiotis; Nikolakaki, Natassa; Psillakis, Periklis; Miliaresis, George; Xanthakis, Michail

    2014-05-01

    The natural habitat constantly endures both inherent natural and human-induced influences. Remote sensing has been providing monitoring oriented solutions regarding the natural Earth surface, by offering a series of tools and methodologies which contribute to prudent environmental management. Processing and analysis of multi-temporal satellite images for the observation of the land changes include often classification and change-detection techniques. These error prone procedures are influenced mainly by the distinctive characteristics of the study areas, the remote sensing systems limitations and the image analysis processes. The present study takes advantage of the temporal continuity of multi-temporal classified images, in order to reduce classification uncertainty, based on reasoning rules. More specifically, pixel groups that temporally oscillate between classes are liable to misclassification or indicate problematic areas. On the other hand, constant pixel group growth indicates a pressure prone area. Computational tools are developed in order to disclose the alterations in land use dynamics and offer a spatial reference to the pressures that land use classes endure and impose between them. Moreover, by revealing areas that are susceptible to misclassification, we propose specific target site selection for training during the process of supervised classification. The underlying objective is to contribute to the understanding and analysis of anthropogenic and environmental factors that influence land use changes. The developed algorithms have been tested upon Landsat satellite image time series, depicting the National Park of Ainos in Kefallinia, Greece, where the unique in the world Abies cephalonica grows. Along with the minor changes and pressures indicated in the test area due to harvesting and other human interventions, the developed algorithms successfully captured fire incidents that have been historically confirmed. Overall, the results have shown that the use of the suggested procedures can contribute to the reduction of the classification uncertainty and support the existing knowledge regarding the pressure among land-use changes.

  6. Feature extraction for change analysis in SAR time series

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    Boldt, Markus; Thiele, Antje; Schulz, Karsten; Hinz, Stefan

    2015-10-01

    In remote sensing, the change detection topic represents a broad field of research. If time series data is available, change detection can be used for monitoring applications. These applications require regular image acquisitions at identical time of day along a defined period. Focusing on remote sensing sensors, radar is especially well-capable for applications requiring regularity, since it is independent from most weather and atmospheric influences. Furthermore, regarding the image acquisitions, the time of day plays no role due to the independence from daylight. Since 2007, the German SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellite TerraSAR-X (TSX) permits the acquisition of high resolution radar images capable for the analysis of dense built-up areas. In a former study, we presented the change analysis of the Stuttgart (Germany) airport. The aim of this study is the categorization of detected changes in the time series. This categorization is motivated by the fact that it is a poor statement only to describe where and when a specific area has changed. At least as important is the statement about what has caused the change. The focus is set on the analysis of so-called high activity areas (HAA) representing areas changing at least four times along the investigated period. As first step for categorizing these HAAs, the matching HAA changes (blobs) have to be identified. Afterwards, operating in this object-based blob level, several features are extracted which comprise shape-based, radiometric, statistic, morphological values and one context feature basing on a segmentation of the HAAs. This segmentation builds on the morphological differential attribute profiles (DAPs). Seven context classes are established: Urban, infrastructure, rural stable, rural unstable, natural, water and unclassified. A specific HA blob is assigned to one of these classes analyzing the CovAmCoh time series signature of the surrounding segments. In combination, also surrounding GIS information is included to verify the CovAmCoh based context assignment. In this paper, the focus is set on the features extracted for a later change categorization procedure.

  7. Salton Sea Satellite Image Showing Fault Slip

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    Landsat satellite image (LE70390372003084EDC00) showing location of surface slip triggered along faults in the greater Salton Trough area. Red bars show the generalized location of 2010 surface slip along faults in the central Salton Trough and many additional faults in the southwestern section of t...

  8. United States Forest Disturbance Trends Observed Using Landsat Time Series

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    Masek, Jeffrey G.; Goward, Samuel N.; Kennedy, Robert E.; Cohen, Warren B.; Moisen, Gretchen G.; Schleeweis, Karen; Huang, Chengquan

    2013-01-01

    Disturbance events strongly affect the composition, structure, and function of forest ecosystems; however, existing U.S. land management inventories were not designed to monitor disturbance. To begin addressing this gap, the North American Forest Dynamics (NAFD) project has examined a geographic sample of 50 Landsat satellite image time series to assess trends in forest disturbance across the conterminous United States for 1985-2005. The geographic sample design used a probability-based scheme to encompass major forest types and maximize geographic dispersion. For each sample location disturbance was identified in the Landsat series using the Vegetation Change Tracker (VCT) algorithm. The NAFD analysis indicates that, on average, 2.77 Mha/yr of forests were disturbed annually, representing 1.09%/yr of US forestland. These satellite-based national disturbance rates estimates tend to be lower than those derived from land management inventories, reflecting both methodological and definitional differences. In particular the VCT approach used with a biennial time step has limited sensitivity to low-intensity disturbances. Unlike prior satellite studies, our biennial forest disturbance rates vary by nearly a factor of two between high and low years. High western US disturbance rates were associated with active fire years and insect activity, while variability in the east is more strongly related to harvest rates in managed forests. We note that generating a geographic sample based on representing forest type and variability may be problematic since the spatial pattern of disturbance does not necessarily correlate with forest type. We also find that the prevalence of diffuse, non-stand clearing disturbance in US forests makes the application of a biennial geographic sample problematic. Future satellite-based studies of disturbance at regional and national scales should focus on wall-to-wall analyses with annual time step for improved accuracy.

  9. Adaptive median filtering for preprocessing of time series measurements

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    Paunonen, Matti

    1993-01-01

    A median (L1-norm) filtering program using polynomials was developed. This program was used in automatic recycling data screening. Additionally, a special adaptive program to work with asymmetric distributions was developed. Examples of adaptive median filtering of satellite laser range observations and TV satellite time measurements are given. The program proved to be versatile and time saving in data screening of time series measurements.

  10. Impact of Sensor Degradation on the MODIS NDVI Time Series

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    Wang, Dongdong; Morton, Douglas; Masek, Jeffrey; Wu, Aisheng; Nagol, Jyoteshwar; Xiong, Xiaoxiong; Levy, Robert; Vermote, Eric; Wolfe, Robert

    2011-01-01

    Time series of satellite data provide unparalleled information on the response of vegetation to climate variability. Detecting subtle changes in vegetation over time requires consistent satellite-based measurements. Here, we evaluated the impact of sensor degradation on trend detection using Collection 5 data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors on the Terra and Aqua platforms. For Terra MODIS, the impact of blue band (Band 3, 470nm) degradation on simulated surface reflectance was most pronounced at near-nadir view angles, leading to a 0.001-0.004/yr decline in Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) under a range of simulated aerosol conditions and surface types. Observed trends MODIS NDVI over North America were consistent with simulated results, with nearly a threefold difference in negative NDVI trends derived from Terra (17.4%) and Aqua (6.7%) MODIS sensors during 2002-2010. Planned adjustments to Terra MODIS calibration for Collection 6 data reprocessing will largely eliminate this negative bias in NDVI trends over vegetation.

  11. Impact of Sensor Degradation on the MODIS NDVI Time Series

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    Wang, Dongdong; Morton, Douglas Christopher; Masek, Jeffrey; Wu, Aisheng; Nagol, Jyoteshwar; Xiong, Xiaoxiong; Levy, Robert; Vermote, Eric; Wolfe, Robert

    2012-01-01

    Time series of satellite data provide unparalleled information on the response of vegetation to climate variability. Detecting subtle changes in vegetation over time requires consistent satellite-based measurements. Here, the impact of sensor degradation on trend detection was evaluated using Collection 5 data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensors on the Terra and Aqua platforms. For Terra MODIS, the impact of blue band (Band 3, 470 nm) degradation on simulated surface reflectance was most pronounced at near-nadir view angles, leading to a 0.001-0.004 yr-1 decline in Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) under a range of simulated aerosol conditions and surface types. Observed trends in MODIS NDVI over North America were consistentwith simulated results,with nearly a threefold difference in negative NDVI trends derived from Terra (17.4%) and Aqua (6.7%) MODIS sensors during 2002-2010. Planned adjustments to Terra MODIS calibration for Collection 6 data reprocessing will largely eliminate this negative bias in detection of NDVI trends.

  12. Satellite Imaging in the Study of Pennsylvania's Environmental Issues.

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    Nous, Albert P.

    This document focuses on using satellite images from space in the classroom. There are two types of environmental satellites routinely broadcasting: (1) Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites (POES), and (2) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES). Imaging and visualization techniques provide students with a better…

  13. 4-D display of satellite cloud images

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    Hibbard, William L.

    1987-01-01

    A technique has been developed to display GOES satellite cloud images in perspective over a topographical map. Cloud heights are estimated using temperatures from an infrared (IR) satellite image, surface temperature observations, and a climatological model of vertical temperature profiles. Cloud levels are discriminated from each other and from the ground using a pattern recognition algorithm based on the brightness variance technique of Coakley and Bretherton. The cloud regions found by the pattern recognizer are rendered in three-dimensional perspective over a topographical map by an efficient remap of the visible image. The visible shades are mixed with an artificial shade based on the geometry of the cloud-top surface, in order to enhance the texture of the cloud top.

  14. Detecting weathered oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident in the wetlands of Barataria Bay, Louisiana, using a time series of AVIRIS imaging spectrometer data (Invited)

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    Kokaly, R. F.; Couvillion, B. R.; Holloway, J. M.; Roberts, D. A.; Ustin, S.; Peterson, S. H.; Khanna, S.; Piazza, S.

    2013-12-01

    From April to July 2010 oil flowed from the Macondo well into the Gulf of Mexico. The USA shoreline was contaminated along hundreds of kilometers of beach and coastal wetland ecosystems. As part of the emergency response to the incident, data from the Airborne Visible/InfraRed Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) were collected on several data in 2010, 2011, and 2012. These collections were made over impacted coasts from high altitude and low altitude aircraft, acquiring data with 4.4 to 20 meter pixel size, dependent on flight altitude. Spectroscopic methods were applied to these data to delineate the most heavily impacted areas, characterize the physical and chemical impacts of the oil on the ecosystem, and evaluate short-term vegetation response. The challenges to detecting oil contamination in this heavily vegetated area will be discussed, including requirements for atmospheric correction, impacts of clouds, discrimination of oil from spectrally similar materials, and the observed limit of detection.

  15. Antarctica: measuring glacier velocity from satellite images

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    Lucchitta, B.K.; Ferguson, H.M.

    1986-11-28

    Many Landsat images of Antarctica show distinctive flow and crevasse features in the floating part of ice streams and outlet glaciers immediately below their grounding zones. Some of the features, which move with the glacier or ice stream, remain visible over many years and thus allow time-lapse measurements of ice velocities. Measurements taken from Landsat images of features on Byrd Glacier agree well with detailed ground and aerial observations. The satellite-image technique thus offers a rapid and cost-effective method of obtaining average velocities, to a first order of accuracy, of many ice streams and outlet glaciers near their termini.

  16. A neuromorphic approach to satellite image understanding

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    Partsinevelos, Panagiotis; Perakakis, Manolis

    2014-05-01

    Remote sensing satellite imagery provides high altitude, top viewing aspects of large geographic regions and as such the depicted features are not always easily recognizable. Nevertheless, geoscientists familiar to remote sensing data, gradually gain experience and enhance their satellite image interpretation skills. The aim of this study is to devise a novel computational neuro-centered classification approach for feature extraction and image understanding. Object recognition through image processing practices is related to a series of known image/feature based attributes including size, shape, association, texture, etc. The objective of the study is to weight these attribute values towards the enhancement of feature recognition. The key cognitive experimentation concern is to define the point when a user recognizes a feature as it varies in terms of the above mentioned attributes and relate it with their corresponding values. Towards this end, we have set up an experimentation methodology that utilizes cognitive data from brain signals (EEG) and eye gaze data (eye tracking) of subjects watching satellite images of varying attributes; this allows the collection of rich real-time data that will be used for designing the image classifier. Since the data are already labeled by users (using an input device) a first step is to compare the performance of various machine-learning algorithms on the collected data. On the long-run, the aim of this work would be to investigate the automatic classification of unlabeled images (unsupervised learning) based purely on image attributes. The outcome of this innovative process is twofold: First, in an abundance of remote sensing image datasets we may define the essential image specifications in order to collect the appropriate data for each application and improve processing and resource efficiency. E.g. for a fault extraction application in a given scale a medium resolution 4-band image, may be more effective than costly, multispectral, very high resolution imagery. Second, we attempt to relate the experienced against the non-experienced user understanding in order to indirectly assess the possible limits of purely computational systems. In other words, obtain the conceptual limits of computation vs human cognition concerning feature recognition from satellite imagery. Preliminary results of this pilot study show relations between collected data and differentiation of the image attributes which indicates that our methodology can lead to important results.

  17. Antarctica: Measuring glacier velocity from satellite images

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    Lucchitta, B.K.; Ferguson, H.M.

    1986-01-01

    Many Landsat images of Antarctica show distinctive flow and crevasse features in the floating part of ice streams and outlet glaciers immediately below their grounding zones. Some of the features, which move with the glacier or ice stream, remain visible over many years and thus allow time-lapse measurements of ice velocities. Measurements taken from Landsat images of features on Byrd Glacier agree well with detailed ground and aerial observations. The satellite-image technique thus offers a rapid and cost-effective method of obtaining average velocities, to a first order of accuracy, of many ice streams and outlet glaciers near their termini.

  18. Automated Construction of Coverage Catalogues of Aster Satellite Image for Urban Areas of the World

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    Miyazaki, H.; Iwao, K.; Shibasaki, R.

    2012-07-01

    We developed an algorithm to determine a combination of satellite images according to observation extent and image quality. The algorithm was for testing necessity for completing coverage of the search extent. The tests excluded unnecessary images with low quality and preserve necessary images with good quality. The search conditions of the satellite images could be extended, indicating the catalogue could be constructed with specified periods required for time series analysis. We applied the method to a database of metadata of ASTER satellite images archived in GEO Grid of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. As indexes of populated places with geographical coordinates, we used a database of 3372 populated place of more than 0.1 million populations retrieved from GRUMP Settlement Points, a global gazetteer of cities, which has geographical names of populated places associated with geographical coordinates and population data. From the coordinates of populated places, 3372 extents were generated with radiuses of 30 km, a half of swath of ASTER satellite images. By merging extents overlapping each other, they were assembled into 2214 extents. As a result, we acquired combinations of good quality for 1244 extents, those of low quality for 96 extents, incomplete combinations for 611 extents. Further improvements would be expected by introducing pixel-based cloud assessment and pixel value correction over seasonal variations.

  19. A Review of Subsequence Time Series Clustering

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    Teh, Ying Wah

    2014-01-01

    Clustering of subsequence time series remains an open issue in time series clustering. Subsequence time series clustering is used in different fields, such as e-commerce, outlier detection, speech recognition, biological systems, DNA recognition, and text mining. One of the useful fields in the domain of subsequence time series clustering is pattern recognition. To improve this field, a sequence of time series data is used. This paper reviews some definitions and backgrounds related to subsequence time series clustering. The categorization of the literature reviews is divided into three groups: preproof, interproof, and postproof period. Moreover, various state-of-the-art approaches in performing subsequence time series clustering are discussed under each of the following categories. The strengths and weaknesses of the employed methods are evaluated as potential issues for future studies. PMID:25140332

  20. A review of subsequence time series clustering.

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    Zolhavarieh, Seyedjamal; Aghabozorgi, Saeed; Teh, Ying Wah

    2014-01-01

    Clustering of subsequence time series remains an open issue in time series clustering. Subsequence time series clustering is used in different fields, such as e-commerce, outlier detection, speech recognition, biological systems, DNA recognition, and text mining. One of the useful fields in the domain of subsequence time series clustering is pattern recognition. To improve this field, a sequence of time series data is used. This paper reviews some definitions and backgrounds related to subsequence time series clustering. The categorization of the literature reviews is divided into three groups: preproof, interproof, and postproof period. Moreover, various state-of-the-art approaches in performing subsequence time series clustering are discussed under each of the following categories. The strengths and weaknesses of the employed methods are evaluated as potential issues for future studies. PMID:25140332

  1. Integration of Multisensor Remote Sensing Data for the Retrieval of Consistent Times Series of High-Resolution NDVI Images for Crop Monitoring in Landscapes Dominated By Small-Scale Farming Agricultural

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    Sedano, F.; Kempeneers, P.

    2014-12-01

    There is a need for timely and accurate information of food supply and early warnings of production shortfalls. Crop growth models commonly rely on information on vegetation dynamics from low and moderate spatial resolution remote sensing imagery. While the short revisit period of these sensors captures the temporal dynamics of crops, they are not able to monitor small-scale farming areas where environmental factors, crop type and management practices often vary at subpixel level. Although better suited to retrieve fine spatial structure, time series of higher resolution imagery (circa 30 m) are often incomplete due to larger revisit periods and persistent cloud coverage. However, as the Landsat archive expands and more fine resolution Earth observation sensors become available, the possibilities of multisensor integration to monitor crop dynamics with higher level of spatial detail are expanding. We have integrated remote sensing imagery from two moderate resolution sensors (MODIS and PROBA-V) and three medium resolution platforms (Landsat 7- 8; and DMC) to improve the characterization of vegetation dynamics in agricultural landscapes dominated by small-scale farms. We applied a data assimilation method to produce complete temporal sequences of synthetic medium-resolution NDVI images. The method implements a Kalman filter recursive algorithm that incorporates models, observations and their respective uncertainties to generate medium-resolution images at time steps for which only moderate-resolution imagery is available. The results for the study sites show that the time series of synthetic NDVI images captured seasonal vegetation dynamics and maintained the spatial structure of the landscape at higher spatial resolution. A more detailed characterization of spatiotemporal dynamics of vegetation in agricultural systems has the potential to improve the estimates of crop growth models and allow a more precise monitoring and forecasting of crop productivity.

  2. Using MODIS time series for burn area mapping

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    Huesca, M.; Palacios-Orueta, A.; Merino-de-Miguel, S.; Litago, J.

    2009-04-01

    Wildfire significantly impacts forest ecosystems throughout the world. At the regional scale, wildfire affects a wide range of ecological, economic and social values related to forests. At the global scale, forest fire emissions of greenhouse gases, particulates and aerosols emissions into the atmosphere, direct and significantly impacts on atmospheric and biogeochemical cycles and the Earth radiative budget. The assessment of the timing and spatial extent of biomass burning, as needed for different tasks, is a mission that nowadays is only affordable using remote sensing techniques. Since forest fires are a major cause of surface change mainly due to vegetation combustion, burn are mapping is a task that can be achieved as a change detection process. The present study describes an algorithm developed to map fire-affected areas at regional scale (Spain) using MODIS (MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) time series data. In particular, we used MODIS surface reflectance data (MOD09A product) as well as MODIS hotspot data for two fires seasons. Burned area maps as resulted from this work were compared to official fire statistics and perimeters from the Spanish Ministry of Environment. Results were also tested against burns perimeters as derived from finer spatial resolution satellite images. Reached results showed that this method would be of great interest at regional to national scales, since it was proved to be quick, accurate and cost-effective.

  3. Estimating seasonal evapotranspiration from temporal satellite images

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    Singh, Ramesh K.; Liu, Shu-Guang; Tieszen, Larry L.; Suyker, Andrew E.; Verma, Shashi B.

    2012-01-01

    Estimating seasonal evapotranspiration (ET) has many applications in water resources planning and management, including hydrological and ecological modeling. Availability of satellite remote sensing images is limited due to repeat cycle of satellite or cloud cover. This study was conducted to determine the suitability of different methods namely cubic spline, fixed, and linear for estimating seasonal ET from temporal remotely sensed images. Mapping Evapotranspiration at high Resolution with Internalized Calibration (METRIC) model in conjunction with the wet METRIC (wMETRIC), a modified version of the METRIC model, was used to estimate ET on the days of satellite overpass using eight Landsat images during the 2001 crop growing season in Midwest USA. The model-estimated daily ET was in good agreement (R2 = 0.91) with the eddy covariance tower-measured daily ET. The standard error of daily ET was 0.6 mm (20%) at three validation sites in Nebraska, USA. There was no statistically significant difference (P > 0.05) among the cubic spline, fixed, and linear methods for computing seasonal (July–December) ET from temporal ET estimates. Overall, the cubic spline resulted in the lowest standard error of 6 mm (1.67%) for seasonal ET. However, further testing of this method for multiple years is necessary to determine its suitability.

  4. Volatility of linear and nonlinear time series.

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    Kalisky, Tomer; Ashkenazy, Yosef; Havlin, Shlomo

    2005-07-01

    Previous studies indicated that nonlinear properties of Gaussian distributed time series with long-range correlations, u(i), can be detected and quantified by studying the correlations in the magnitude series |u(i)|, the "volatility." However, the origin for this empirical observation still remains unclear and the exact relation between the correlations in u(i) and the correlations in |u(i)| is still unknown. Here we develop analytical relations between the scaling exponent of linear series u(i) and its magnitude series |u(i)|. Moreover, we find that nonlinear time series exhibit stronger (or the same) correlations in the magnitude time series compared with linear time series with the same two-point correlations. Based on these results we propose a simple model that generates multifractal time series by explicitly inserting long range correlations in the magnitude series; the nonlinear multifractal time series is generated by multiplying a long-range correlated time series (that represents the magnitude series) with uncorrelated time series [that represents the sign series sgn (u(i))]. We apply our techniques on daily deep ocean temperature records from the equatorial Pacific, the region of the El-Ninõ phenomenon, and find: (i) long-range correlations from several days to several years with 1/f power spectrum, (ii) significant nonlinear behavior as expressed by long-range correlations of the volatility series, and (iii) broad multifractal spectrum. PMID:16090007

  5. Generation of artificial helioseismic time-series

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    Schou, J.; Brown, T. M.

    1993-01-01

    We present an outline of an algorithm to generate artificial helioseismic time-series, taking into account as much as possible of the knowledge we have on solar oscillations. The hope is that it will be possible to find the causes of some of the systematic errors in analysis algorithms by testing them with such artificial time-series.

  6. Accurate mapping of forest types using dense seasonal Landsat time-series

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    Zhu, Xiaolin; Liu, Desheng

    2014-10-01

    An accurate map of forest types is important for proper usage and management of forestry resources. Medium resolution satellite images (e.g., Landsat) have been widely used for forest type mapping because they are able to cover large areas more efficiently than the traditional forest inventory. However, the results of a detailed forest type classification based on these images are still not satisfactory. To improve forest mapping accuracy, this study proposed an operational method to get detailed forest types from dense Landsat time-series incorporating with or without topographic information provided by DEM. This method integrated a feature selection and a training-sample-adding procedure into a hierarchical classification framework. The proposed method has been tested in Vinton County of southeastern Ohio. The detailed forest types include pine forest, oak forest, and mixed-mesophytic forest. The proposed method was trained and validated using ground samples from field plots. The three forest types were classified with an overall accuracy of 90.52% using dense Landsat time-series, while topographic information can only slightly improve the accuracy to 92.63%. Moreover, the comparison between results of using Landsat time-series and a single image reveals that time-series data can largely improve the accuracy of forest type mapping, indicating the importance of phenological information contained in multi-seasonal images for discriminating different forest types. Thanks to zero cost of all input remotely sensed datasets and ease of implementation, this approach has the potential to be applied to map forest types at regional or global scales.

  7. Nonlinear time-series analysis of Hyperion's lightcurves

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    Tarnopolski, M.

    2015-06-01

    Hyperion is a satellite of Saturn that was predicted to remain in a chaotic rotational state. This was confirmed to some extent by Voyager 2 and Cassini series of images and some ground-based photometric observations. The aim of this article is to explore conditions for potential observations to meet in order to estimate a maximal Lyapunov Exponent (mLE), which being positive is an indicator of chaos and allows to characterise it quantitatively. Lightcurves existing in literature as well as numerical simulations are examined using standard tools of theory of chaos. It is found that existing datasets are too short and undersampled to detect a positive mLE, although its presence is not rejected. Analysis of simulated lightcurves leads to an assertion that observations from one site should be performed over a year-long period to detect a positive mLE, if present, in a reliable way. Another approach would be to use 2-3 telescopes spread over the world to have observations distributed more uniformly. This may be achieved without disrupting other observational projects being conducted. The necessity of time-series to be stationary is highly stressed.

  8. Landslide monitoring using airphotos time series and GIS

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    Kavoura, Katerina; Nikolakopoulos, Konstantinos G.; Sabatakakis, Nikolaos

    2014-10-01

    Western Greece is suffering by landslides. The term landslide includes a wide range of ground movement, such as slides, falls, flows etc. mainly based on gravity with the aid of many conditioning and triggering factors. Landslides provoke enormous changes to the natural and artificial relief. The annual cost of repairing the damage amounts to millions of euros. In this paper a combined use of airphotos time series, high resolution remote sensing data and GIS for the landslide monitoring is presented. Analog and digital air-photos used covered a period of almost 70 years from 1945 until 2012. Classical analog airphotos covered the period from 1945 to 2000, while digital airphotos and satellite images covered the 2008-2012 period. The air photos have been orthorectified using the Leica Photogrammetry Suite. Ground control points and a high accuracy DSM were used for the orthorectification of the air photos. The 2008 digital air photo mosaic from the Greek Cadastral with a spatial resolution of 25 cm and the respective DSM was used as the base map for all the others data sets. The RMS error was less than 0.5 pixel. Changes to the artificial constructions provoked by the landslideswere digitized and then implemented in an ARCGIS database. The results are presented in this paper.

  9. Statistical criteria for characterizing irradiance time series.

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    Stein, Joshua S.; Ellis, Abraham; Hansen, Clifford W.

    2010-10-01

    We propose and examine several statistical criteria for characterizing time series of solar irradiance. Time series of irradiance are used in analyses that seek to quantify the performance of photovoltaic (PV) power systems over time. Time series of irradiance are either measured or are simulated using models. Simulations of irradiance are often calibrated to or generated from statistics for observed irradiance and simulations are validated by comparing the simulation output to the observed irradiance. Criteria used in this comparison should derive from the context of the analyses in which the simulated irradiance is to be used. We examine three statistics that characterize time series and their use as criteria for comparing time series. We demonstrate these statistics using observed irradiance data recorded in August 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and in June 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  10. Star sightings by satellite for image navigation

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    Kamel, Ahmed A. (Inventor); Ekman, Donald E. (Inventor); Savides, John (Inventor); Zwirn, Gerald J. (Inventor)

    1988-01-01

    Stars are sensed by one or more instruments (1, 2) on board a three-axis stabilized satellite, for purposes of assisting in image navigation. A star acquistion computer (64), which may be located on the earth, commands the instrument mirror (33, 32) to slew just outside the limb of the earth or other celestial body around which the satellite is orbiting, to look for stars that have been cataloged in a star map stored within the computer (64). The instrument (1, 2) is commanded to dwell for a period of time equal to a star search window time, plus the maximum time the instrument (1, 2) takes to complete a current scan, plus the maximum time it takes for the mirror (33, 32) to slew to the star. When the satellite is first placed in orbit, and following first stationkeeping and eclipse, a special operation is performed in which the star-seeking instrument (1, 2) FOV is broadened. The elevation dimension can be broadened by performing repetitive star seeks; the azimuth dimension can be broadened by lengthening the commanded dwell times.

  11. Radar imaging of satellites at meter wavelengths

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    Schmidt, Arlen Dale

    2000-10-01

    Earth-based radar imaging of orbiting satellites at frequencies below about 1 GHz requires compensation of the dispersive effects of the ionosphere. Without the appropriate compensation, image resolution is limited to about 10--100 m at radar frequencies of 300 MHz, depending on ionospheric conditions. With compensation, the resolution expected in the absence of ionospheric dispersion can be achieved. For stable ionospheric conditions and frequencies above about 200 MHz, a 1/f phase model characterizes the propagation path to sufficient accuracy to allow mitigation of the ionospheric effects, provided that a sufficiently accurate estimate of total electron content (TEC) is available. The information required to estimate TEC is inherent in the radar observations. An initial estimate, accurate to about +/-2 x 1016 e-/m2, is obtained from group-delay difference measurements across frequency subbands. That initial estimate is refined to the requisite accuracy by using radar image contrast as a measure of performance. A phase correction, calculated from the TEC estimate, provides compensated data from which full-resolution images are produced, provided the radar echo is not scintillating and the SNR is above about 10 dB. The accuracy of the TEC estimates obtained through imaging depends on center frequency, bandwidth, and angular aperture. Radar imaging through the ionosphere is demonstrated with full-resolution ultra-wide bandwidth images of the Mir Space Station produced from data collected between January, 1998, and June, 1998, using SRI-International dish antennas at Stanford University and on Ascension Island. The two sites provided observations through both the benign mid-latitude ionosphere (Stanford), and the thicker, more-turbulent equatorial ionosphere (Ascension). Range and cross-range resolutions of 0.7 m and 0.5 m, respectively, are achieved in 200 to 400 MHz radar images of Mir as well as other satellites, confirming that, for these examples, the ionospheric effects are mitigated. The corresponding TEC estimates are self-consistent across 30-degree subaperture images to better than about 1015 e-/m2, in agreement with the accuracy predicted by analysis. Thus, the experimental results are consistent with the predicted performance, both in terms of resolution and TEC estimation accuracy.

  12. Network structure of multivariate time series

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    Lacasa, Lucas; Nicosia, Vincenzo; Latora, Vito

    2015-01-01

    Our understanding of a variety of phenomena in physics, biology and economics crucially depends on the analysis of multivariate time series. While a wide range tools and techniques for time series analysis already exist, the increasing availability of massive data structures calls for new approaches for multidimensional signal processing. We present here a non-parametric method to analyse multivariate time series, based on the mapping of a multidimensional time series into a multilayer network, which allows to extract information on a high dimensional dynamical system through the analysis of the structure of the associated multiplex network. The method is simple to implement, general, scalable, does not require ad hoc phase space partitioning, and is thus suitable for the analysis of large, heterogeneous and non-stationary time series. We show that simple structural descriptors of the associated multiplex networks allow to extract and quantify nontrivial properties of coupled chaotic maps, including the transition between different dynamical phases and the onset of various types of synchronization. As a concrete example we then study financial time series, showing that a multiplex network analysis can efficiently discriminate crises from periods of financial stability, where standard methods based on time-series symbolization often fail. PMID:26487040

  13. Network structure of multivariate time series

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    Lacasa, Lucas; Nicosia, Vincenzo; Latora, Vito

    2015-10-01

    Our understanding of a variety of phenomena in physics, biology and economics crucially depends on the analysis of multivariate time series. While a wide range tools and techniques for time series analysis already exist, the increasing availability of massive data structures calls for new approaches for multidimensional signal processing. We present here a non-parametric method to analyse multivariate time series, based on the mapping of a multidimensional time series into a multilayer network, which allows to extract information on a high dimensional dynamical system through the analysis of the structure of the associated multiplex network. The method is simple to implement, general, scalable, does not require ad hoc phase space partitioning, and is thus suitable for the analysis of large, heterogeneous and non-stationary time series. We show that simple structural descriptors of the associated multiplex networks allow to extract and quantify nontrivial properties of coupled chaotic maps, including the transition between different dynamical phases and the onset of various types of synchronization. As a concrete example we then study financial time series, showing that a multiplex network analysis can efficiently discriminate crises from periods of financial stability, where standard methods based on time-series symbolization often fail.

  14. Time series change detection: Algorithms for land cover change

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    Boriah, Shyam

    The climate and earth sciences have recently undergone a rapid transformation from a data-poor to a data-rich environment. In particular, climate and ecosystem related observations from remote sensors on satellites, as well as outputs of climate or earth system models from large-scale computational platforms, provide terabytes of temporal, spatial and spatio-temporal data. These massive and information-rich datasets offer huge potential for advancing the science of land cover change, climate change and anthropogenic impacts. One important area where remote sensing data can play a key role is in the study of land cover change. Specifically, the conversion of natural land cover into humandominated cover types continues to be a change of global proportions with many unknown environmental consequences. In addition, being able to assess the carbon risk of changes in forest cover is of critical importance for both economic and scientific reasons. In fact, changes in forests account for as much as 20% of the greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere, an amount second only to fossil fuel emissions. Thus, there is a need in the earth science domain to systematically study land cover change in order to understand its impact on local climate, radiation balance, biogeochemistry, hydrology, and the diversity and abundance of terrestrial species. Land cover conversions include tree harvests in forested regions, urbanization, and agricultural intensification in former woodland and natural grassland areas. These types of conversions also have significant public policy implications due to issues such as water supply management and atmospheric CO2 output. In spite of the importance of this problem and the considerable advances made over the last few years in high-resolution satellite data, data mining, and online mapping tools and services, end users still lack practical tools to help them manage and transform this data into actionable knowledge of changes in forest ecosystems that can be used for decision making and policy planning purposes. In particular, previous change detection studies have primarily relied on examining differences between two or more satellite images acquired on different dates. Thus, a technological solution that detects global land cover change using high temporal resolution time series data will represent a paradigm-shift in the field of land cover change studies. To realize these ambitious goals, a number of computational challenges in spatio-temporal data mining need to be addressed. Specifically, analysis and discovery approaches need to be cognizant of climate and ecosystem data characteristics such as seasonality, non-stationarity/inter-region variability, multi-scale nature, spatio-temporal autocorrelation, high-dimensionality and massive data size. This dissertation, a step in that direction, translates earth science challenges to computer science problems, and provides computational solutions to address these problems. In particular, three key technical capabilities are developed: (1) Algorithms for time series change detection that are effective and can scale up to handle the large size of earth science data; (2) Change detection algorithms that can handle large numbers of missing and noisy values present in satellite data sets; and (3) Spatio-temporal analysis techniques to identify the scale and scope of disturbance events.

  15. Saliency-based artificial object detection for satellite images

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    Ke, Shidong; Ding, Xiaoying; Yang, Daiqin; Chen, Zhenzhong; Fang, Yuming

    2015-03-01

    In this paper, we introduce a computational model of top-down saliency based on multiscale orientation information for artificial object detection for satellite images. Further more, the top-down saliency is integrated with bottom-up saliency to obtain the saliency map in satellite images. We compare our method to several state-of-the-art saliency detection models and demonstrate the superior performance in artificial object detection for satellite images.

  16. Advanced spectral methods for climatic time series

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    Ghil, M.; Allen, M.R.; Dettinger, M.D.; Ide, K.; Kondrashov, D.; Mann, M.E.; Robertson, A.W.; Saunders, A.; Tian, Y.; Varadi, F.; Yiou, P.

    2002-01-01

    The analysis of univariate or multivariate time series provides crucial information to describe, understand, and predict climatic variability. The discovery and implementation of a number of novel methods for extracting useful information from time series has recently revitalized this classical field of study. Considerable progress has also been made in interpreting the information so obtained in terms of dynamical systems theory. In this review we describe the connections between time series analysis and nonlinear dynamics, discuss signal- to-noise enhancement, and present some of the novel methods for spectral analysis. The various steps, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of these methods, are illustrated by their application to an important climatic time series, the Southern Oscillation Index. This index captures major features of interannual climate variability and is used extensively in its prediction. Regional and global sea surface temperature data sets are used to illustrate multivariate spectral methods. Open questions and further prospects conclude the review.

  17. TSP: Time-Series/Polarimetry Package

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    Bailey, Jeremy

    2014-06-01

    TSP is an astronomical data reduction package that handles time series data and polarimetric data from a variety of different instruments, and is distributed as part of the Starlink software collection (ascl:1110.012).

  18. On reconstruction of time series in climatology

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    Privalsky, V.; Gluhovsky, A.

    2015-10-01

    The approach to time series reconstruction in climatology based upon cross-correlation coefficients and regression equations is mathematically incorrect because it ignores the dependence of time series upon their past. The proper method described here for the bivariate case requires the autoregressive time- and frequency domains modeling of the time series which contains simultaneous observations of both scalar series with subsequent application of the model to restore the shorter one into the past. The method presents further development of previous efforts taken by a number of authors starting from A. Douglass who introduced some concepts of time series analysis into paleoclimatology. The method is applied to the monthly data of total solar irradiance (TSI), 1979-2014, and sunspot numbers (SSN), 1749-2014, to restore the TSI data over 1749-1978. The results of the reconstruction are in statistical agreement with observations.

  19. Complex network approach to fractional time series.

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    Manshour, Pouya

    2015-10-01

    In order to extract correlation information inherited in stochastic time series, the visibility graph algorithm has been recently proposed, by which a time series can be mapped onto a complex network. We demonstrate that the visibility algorithm is not an appropriate one to study the correlation aspects of a time series. We then employ the horizontal visibility algorithm, as a much simpler one, to map fractional processes onto complex networks. The degree distributions are shown to have parabolic exponential forms with Hurst dependent fitting parameter. Further, we take into account other topological properties such as maximum eigenvalue of the adjacency matrix and the degree assortativity, and show that such topological quantities can also be used to predict the Hurst exponent, with an exception for anti-persistent fractional Gaussian noises. To solve this problem, we take into account the Spearman correlation coefficient between nodes' degrees and their corresponding data values in the original time series. PMID:26520071

  20. Nonlinear Analysis of Surface EMG Time Series

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    Zurcher, Ulrich; Kaufman, Miron; Sung, Paul

    2004-04-01

    Applications of nonlinear analysis of surface electromyography time series of patients with and without low back pain are presented. Limitations of the standard methods based on the power spectrum are discussed.

  1. Entropic Analysis of Electromyography Time Series

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    Kaufman, Miron; Sung, Paul

    2005-03-01

    We are in the process of assessing the effectiveness of fractal and entropic measures for the diagnostic of low back pain from surface electromyography (EMG) time series. Surface electromyography (EMG) is used to assess patients with low back pain. In a typical EMG measurement, the voltage is measured every millisecond. We observed back muscle fatiguing during one minute, which results in a time series with 60,000 entries. We characterize the complexity of time series by computing the Shannon entropy time dependence. The analysis of the time series from different relevant muscles from healthy and low back pain (LBP) individuals provides evidence that the level of variability of back muscle activities is much larger for healthy individuals than for individuals with LBP. In general the time dependence of the entropy shows a crossover from a diffusive regime to a regime characterized by long time correlations (self organization) at about 0.01s.

  2. Complex network approach to fractional time series

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    Manshour, Pouya

    2015-10-01

    In order to extract correlation information inherited in stochastic time series, the visibility graph algorithm has been recently proposed, by which a time series can be mapped onto a complex network. We demonstrate that the visibility algorithm is not an appropriate one to study the correlation aspects of a time series. We then employ the horizontal visibility algorithm, as a much simpler one, to map fractional processes onto complex networks. The degree distributions are shown to have parabolic exponential forms with Hurst dependent fitting parameter. Further, we take into account other topological properties such as maximum eigenvalue of the adjacency matrix and the degree assortativity, and show that such topological quantities can also be used to predict the Hurst exponent, with an exception for anti-persistent fractional Gaussian noises. To solve this problem, we take into account the Spearman correlation coefficient between nodes' degrees and their corresponding data values in the original time series.

  3. An approach to constructing a homogeneous time series of soil mositure using SMOS

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    Overlapping soil moisture time series derived from two satellite microwave radiometers (SMOS, Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity; AMSR-E, Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer - Earth Observing System) are used to generate a soil moisture time series from 2003 to 2010. Two statistical methodologies f...

  4. Managing an archive of weather satellite images

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    Seaman, R. L.

    1992-01-01

    The author's experiences of building and maintaining an archive of hourly weather satellite pictures at NOAO are described. This archive has proven very popular with visiting and staff astronomers - especially on windy days and cloudy nights. Given access to a source of such pictures, a suite of simple shell and IRAF CL scripts can provide a great deal of robust functionality with little effort. These pictures and associated data products such as surface analysis (radar) maps and National Weather Service forecasts are updated hourly at anonymous ftp sites on the Internet, although your local Atsmospheric Sciences Department may prove to be a more reliable source. The raw image formats are unfamiliar to most astronomers, but reading them into IRAF is straightforward. Techniques for performing this format conversion at the host computer level are described which may prove useful for other chores. Pointers are given to sources of data and of software, including a package of example tools. These tools include shell and Perl scripts for downloading pictures, maps, and forecasts, as well as IRAF scripts and host level programs for translating the images into IRAF and GIF formats and for slicing & dicing the resulting images. Hints for displaying the images and for making hardcopies are given.

  5. Road Extraction from High Resolution Satellite Images

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    Özkaya, M.

    2012-07-01

    Roads are significant objects of an infrastructure and the extraction of roads from aerial and satellite images are important for different applications such as automated map generation and change detection. Roads are also important to detect other structures such as buildings and urban areas. In this paper, the road extraction approach is based on Active Contour Models for 1-meter resolution gray level images. Active Contour Models contains Snake Approach. During applications, the road structure was separated as salient-roads, non-salient roads and crossings and extraction of these is provided by using Ribbon Snake and Ziplock Snake methods. These methods are derived from traditional snake model. Finally, various experimental results were presented. Ribbon and Ziplock Snake methods were compared for both salient and non-salient roads. Also these methods were used to extract roads in an image. While Ribbon snake is described for extraction of salient roads in an image, Ziplock snake is applied for extraction of non-salient roads. Beside these, some constant variables in literature were redefined and expressed in a formula as depending on snake approach and a new approach for extraction of crossroads were described and tried.

  6. Studies of soundings and imagings measurements from geostationary satellites

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    Suomi, V. E.

    1973-01-01

    Soundings and imaging measurements from geostationary satellites are presented. The subjects discussed are: (1) meteorological data processing techniques, (2) sun glitter, (3) cloud growth rate study, satellite stability characteristics, and (4) high resolution optics. The use of perturbation technique to obtain the motion of sensors aboard a satellite is described. The most conditions, and measurement errors. Several performance evaluation parameters are proposed.

  7. Highly comparative time-series analysis: the empirical structure of time series and their methods

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    Fulcher, Ben D.; Little, Max A.; Jones, Nick S.

    2013-01-01

    The process of collecting and organizing sets of observations represents a common theme throughout the history of science. However, despite the ubiquity of scientists measuring, recording and analysing the dynamics of different processes, an extensive organization of scientific time-series data and analysis methods has never been performed. Addressing this, annotated collections of over 35 000 real-world and model-generated time series, and over 9000 time-series analysis algorithms are analysed in this work. We introduce reduced representations of both time series, in terms of their properties measured by diverse scientific methods, and of time-series analysis methods, in terms of their behaviour on empirical time series, and use them to organize these interdisciplinary resources. This new approach to comparing across diverse scientific data and methods allows us to organize time-series datasets automatically according to their properties, retrieve alternatives to particular analysis methods developed in other scientific disciplines and automate the selection of useful methods for time-series classification and regression tasks. The broad scientific utility of these tools is demonstrated on datasets of electroencephalograms, self-affine time series, heartbeat intervals, speech signals and others, in each case contributing novel analysis techniques to the existing literature. Highly comparative techniques that compare across an interdisciplinary literature can thus be used to guide more focused research in time-series analysis for applications across the scientific disciplines. PMID:23554344

  8. Coupling between time series: A network view

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    Mehraban, S.; Shirazi, A. H.; Zamani, M.; Jafari, G. R.

    2013-09-01

    Recently, the visibility graph has been introduced as a novel method for analyzing time series, which maps a time series to a complex network. In this paper we introduce a new algorithm of visibility, “cross-visibility”, which reveals the conjugation of two coupled time series. The correspondence between the two time series is mapped to a network, “the cross-visibility graph”, to demonstrate the correlation between them. We have applied the algorithm to several correlated and uncorrelated time series, generated by the linear stationary ARFIMA process, in order to better understand the results of the cross-visibility of empirical series. The comparison between the degree distribution of coupled and uncoupled (shuffled) series' networks demonstrates the emergence of super nodes (extremely high-degree nodes) in the uncoupled ones. Furthermore, we have applied the algorithm to real-world data from the financial trades of two companies and oil, and observed significant small-scale coupling in their dynamics.

  9. Visibility Graph Based Time Series Analysis

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    Stephen, Mutua; Gu, Changgui; Yang, Huijie

    2015-01-01

    Network based time series analysis has made considerable achievements in the recent years. By mapping mono/multivariate time series into networks, one can investigate both it’s microscopic and macroscopic behaviors. However, most proposed approaches lead to the construction of static networks consequently providing limited information on evolutionary behaviors. In the present paper we propose a method called visibility graph based time series analysis, in which series segments are mapped to visibility graphs as being descriptions of the corresponding states and the successively occurring states are linked. This procedure converts a time series to a temporal network and at the same time a network of networks. Findings from empirical records for stock markets in USA (S&P500 and Nasdaq) and artificial series generated by means of fractional Gaussian motions show that the method can provide us rich information benefiting short-term and long-term predictions. Theoretically, we propose a method to investigate time series from the viewpoint of network of networks. PMID:26571115

  10. Detecting chaos in irregularly sampled time series.

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    Kulp, C W

    2013-09-01

    Recently, Wiebe and Virgin [Chaos 22, 013136 (2012)] developed an algorithm which detects chaos by analyzing a time series' power spectrum which is computed using the Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT). Their algorithm, like other time series characterization algorithms, requires that the time series be regularly sampled. Real-world data, however, are often irregularly sampled, thus, making the detection of chaotic behavior difficult or impossible with those methods. In this paper, a characterization algorithm is presented, which effectively detects chaos in irregularly sampled time series. The work presented here is a modification of Wiebe and Virgin's algorithm and uses the Lomb-Scargle Periodogram (LSP) to compute a series' power spectrum instead of the DFT. The DFT is not appropriate for irregularly sampled time series. However, the LSP is capable of computing the frequency content of irregularly sampled data. Furthermore, a new method of analyzing the power spectrum is developed, which can be useful for differentiating between chaotic and non-chaotic behavior. The new characterization algorithm is successfully applied to irregularly sampled data generated by a model as well as data consisting of observations of variable stars. PMID:24089946

  11. Image stretching on a curved surface to improve satellite gridding

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    Ormsby, J. P.

    1975-01-01

    A method for substantially reducing gridding errors due to satellite roll, pitch and yaw is given. A gimbal-mounted curved screen, scaled to 1:7,500,000, is used to stretch the satellite image whereby visible landmarks coincide with a projected map outline. The resulting rms position errors averaged 10.7 km as compared with 25.6 and 34.9 km for two samples of satellite imagery upon which image stretching was not performed.

  12. Time series of the northeast Pacific

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    Peña, M. Angelica; Bograd, Steven J.

    2007-10-01

    In July 2006, the North Pacific Marine Science Organization (PICES) and Fisheries & Oceans Canada sponsored the symposium “Time Series of the Northeast Pacific: A symposium to mark the 50th anniversary of Line P”. The symposium, which celebrated 50 years of oceanography along Line P and at Ocean Station Papa (OSP), explored the scientific value of the Line P and other long oceanographic time series of the northeast Pacific (NEP). Overviews of the principal NEP time-series were presented, which facilitated regional comparisons and promoted interaction and exchange of information among investigators working in the NEP. More than 80 scientists from 8 countries attended the symposium. This introductory essay is a brief overview of the symposium and the 10 papers that were selected for this special issue of Progress in Oceanography.

  13. Learning time series for intelligent monitoring

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    Manganaris, Stefanos; Fisher, Doug

    1994-01-01

    We address the problem of classifying time series according to their morphological features in the time domain. In a supervised machine-learning framework, we induce a classification procedure from a set of preclassified examples. For each class, we infer a model that captures its morphological features using Bayesian model induction and the minimum message length approach to assign priors. In the performance task, we classify a time series in one of the learned classes when there is enough evidence to support that decision. Time series with sufficiently novel features, belonging to classes not present in the training set, are recognized as such. We report results from experiments in a monitoring domain of interest to NASA.

  14. Hinging hyperplanes for time-series segmentation.

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    Xiaolin Huang; Matijas, Marin; Suykens, Johan A K

    2013-08-01

    Division of a time series into segments is a common technique for time-series processing, and is known as segmentation. Segmentation is traditionally done by linear interpolation in order to guarantee the continuity of the reconstructed time series. The interpolation-based segmentation methods may perform poorly for data with a level of noise because interpolation is noise sensitive. To handle the problem, this paper establishes an explicit expression for segmentation from a compact representation for piecewise linear functions using hinging hyperplanes. This expression enables the use of regression to obtain a continuous reconstructed signal and, as a consequence, application of advanced techniques in segmentation. In this paper, a least squares support vector machine with lasso using a hinging feature map is given and analyzed, based on which a segmentation algorithm and its online version are established. Numerical experiments conducted on synthetic and real-world datasets demonstrate the advantages of our methods compared to existing segmentation algorithms. PMID:24808567

  15. Radiometric normalization and cloud detection of optical satellite images using invariant pixels

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    Lin, Chao-Hung; Lin, Bo-Yi; Lee, Kuan-Yi; Chen, Yi-Chen

    2015-08-01

    Clouds in optical satellite images can be a source of information for water measurement or viewed as contaminations that obstruct landscape observations. Thus, the use of a cloud detection method that discriminates cloud and clear-sky pixels in images is necessary in remote sensing applications. With the aid of radiometric correction/normalization, previous methods utilized temporal and spectral information as well as cloud-free reference images to develop threshold-based cloud detection filters. Although this strategy can effectively identify cloud pixels, the detection accuracy mainly relies on the successful radiometric correction/normalization and reference image quality. Relative radiometric normalization generally suffers from cloud covers, while multi-temporal cloud detection is sensitive to the radiometric normalization quality. Thus, the current study proposes a method based on weighted invariant pixels for both processes. A set of invariant pixels is extracted from a time series of cloud-contaminated images by using the proposed weighted principle component analysis, after which multi-temporal images are normalized with the selected invariant pixels. In addition, a reference image is generated for each cloud-contaminated image using invariant pixels with a weighting scheme. In the experiments, image sequences acquired by the Landsat-7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus sensor are analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively to evaluate the proposed method. Experimental results indicate that F-measures of cloud detections are improved by 1.1-6.9% using the generated reference images.

  16. Trend change detection in vegetation greenness time series: Contrasting methodologies, data sets and global vegetation models

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    Forkel, Matthias; Carvalhais, Nuno; Verbesselt, Jan; Mahecha, Miguel; Neigh, Christopher; Thonicke, Kirsten; Reichstein, Markus

    2014-05-01

    Newly developed satellite datasets and time series analysis methods allow the quantification of changes in vegetation greenness. However, the estimation of trends and trend changes depend often on the applied time series analysis method and the used satellite dataset. Thus, the environmental plausibility of the estimated trends and trend breakpoints is often questionable. We compared four trend and trend change detection methods to assess their performance. We applied the methods to NDVI and FAPAR time series from global satellite datasets and from global vegetation models. We generated surrogate time series with known trends and breakpoints and applied the methods to re-detect the known trends and trend changes. Our results demonstrate that the performance of methods decrease with increasing inter-annual variability of the time series. An overestimation of breakpoints in NDVI time series can result in wrong or even opposite trend estimates. Trend slope estimates based on annual aggregated time series or based on a seasonal-trend model show better performances than methods that remove the seasonal cycle of the time series. The application of the trend change detection methods to real time series allows assessing the multi-method ensemble of trend estimates. Nevertheless, the interpretation of the environmental plausibility of these trend estimates is challenging. For example, some methods suggest a weakening of greening trends in the Tundra after the early 2000s while other methods suggest an ongoing greening. Comparison with vegetation model simulations suggest that this weakening is not an artefact of the satellite dataset or of the applied trend change detection method but might be caused by real changes in environmental conditions. Our results demonstrate the need for a critical appraisal of trend change detection methods. All methods require a careful assessment of the environmental plausibility of detected trend changes in vegetation greenness time series.

  17. Revealing glacier flow and surge dynamics from animated satellite image sequences: examples from the Karakoram

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    Paul, F.

    2015-04-01

    Although animated images are very popular on the Internet, they have so far found only limited use for glaciological applications. With long time-series of satellite images becoming increasingly available and glaciers being well recognized for their rapid changes and variable flow dynamics, animated sequences of multiple satellite images reveal glacier dynamics in a time-lapse mode, making the otherwise slow changes of glacier movement visible and understandable for a wide public. For this study animated image sequences were created from freely available image quick-looks of orthorectified Landsat scenes for four regions in the central Karakoram mountain range. The animations play automatically in a web-browser and might help to demonstrate glacier flow dynamics for educational purposes. The animations revealed highly complex patterns of glacier flow and surge dynamics over a 15-year time period (1998-2013). In contrast to other regions, surging glaciers in the Karakoram are often small (around 10 km2), steep, debris free, and advance for several years at comparably low annual rates (a few hundred m a-1). The advance periods of individual glaciers are generally out of phase, indicating a limited climatic control on their dynamics. On the other hand, nearly all other glaciers in the region are either stable or slightly advancing, indicating balanced or even positive mass budgets over the past few years to decades.

  18. Mapping afforestation and forest biomass using time-series Landsat stacks

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    Liu, Liangyun; Peng, Dailiang; Wang, Zhihui; Hu, Yong

    2014-11-01

    Satellite data can adequately capture forest dynamics over larger areas. Firstly, the Landsat ground surface reflectance (GSR) images from 1974 to 2013 were collected and processed based on 6S atmospheric transfer code and a relative reflectance normalization algorithm. Subsequently, we developed a vegetation change tracking method to reconstruct the forest change history (afforestation and deforestation) from the dense time-series Landsat GSR images, and the afforestation age was successfully retrieved from the Landsat time-series stacks in the last forty years and shown to be consistent with the surveyed tree ages. Then, the above ground biomass (AGB) regression models were greatly improved by integrating the simple ratio vegetation index (SR) and tree age. Finally, the forest AGB images were mapped at eight epochs from 1985 to 2013 using SR and afforestation age. The total forest AGB in six counties of Yulin District increased by 20.8 G kg, from 5.8 G kg in 1986 to 26.6 G kg in 2013, a total increase of 360%. For the forest area, the forest AGB density increased from 15.72 t/ha in 1986 to 44.53 t/ha in 2013, with an annual rate of about 1 t/ha. The results present a noticeable carbon increment for the planted artificial forest in Yulin District over the last four decades.

  19. Nonlinear Time Series Analysis via Neural Networks

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    Volná, Eva; Janošek, Michal; Kocian, Václav; Kotyrba, Martin

    This article deals with a time series analysis based on neural networks in order to make an effective forex market [Moore and Roche, J. Int. Econ. 58, 387-411 (2002)] pattern recognition. Our goal is to find and recognize important patterns which repeatedly appear in the market history to adapt our trading system behaviour based on them.

  20. Modeling Time Series Data for Supervised Learning

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    Baydogan, Mustafa Gokce

    2012-01-01

    Temporal data are increasingly prevalent and important in analytics. Time series (TS) data are chronological sequences of observations and an important class of temporal data. Fields such as medicine, finance, learning science and multimedia naturally generate TS data. Each series provide a high-dimensional data vector that challenges the learning…

  1. Nonlinear time-series analysis revisited.

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    Bradley, Elizabeth; Kantz, Holger

    2015-09-01

    In 1980 and 1981, two pioneering papers laid the foundation for what became known as nonlinear time-series analysis: the analysis of observed data-typically univariate-via dynamical systems theory. Based on the concept of state-space reconstruction, this set of methods allows us to compute characteristic quantities such as Lyapunov exponents and fractal dimensions, to predict the future course of the time series, and even to reconstruct the equations of motion in some cases. In practice, however, there are a number of issues that restrict the power of this approach: whether the signal accurately and thoroughly samples the dynamics, for instance, and whether it contains noise. Moreover, the numerical algorithms that we use to instantiate these ideas are not perfect; they involve approximations, scale parameters, and finite-precision arithmetic, among other things. Even so, nonlinear time-series analysis has been used to great advantage on thousands of real and synthetic data sets from a wide variety of systems ranging from roulette wheels to lasers to the human heart. Even in cases where the data do not meet the mathematical or algorithmic requirements to assure full topological conjugacy, the results of nonlinear time-series analysis can be helpful in understanding, characterizing, and predicting dynamical systems. PMID:26428563

  2. Nonlinear time-series analysis revisited

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    Bradley, Elizabeth; Kantz, Holger

    2015-09-01

    In 1980 and 1981, two pioneering papers laid the foundation for what became known as nonlinear time-series analysis: the analysis of observed data—typically univariate—via dynamical systems theory. Based on the concept of state-space reconstruction, this set of methods allows us to compute characteristic quantities such as Lyapunov exponents and fractal dimensions, to predict the future course of the time series, and even to reconstruct the equations of motion in some cases. In practice, however, there are a number of issues that restrict the power of this approach: whether the signal accurately and thoroughly samples the dynamics, for instance, and whether it contains noise. Moreover, the numerical algorithms that we use to instantiate these ideas are not perfect; they involve approximations, scale parameters, and finite-precision arithmetic, among other things. Even so, nonlinear time-series analysis has been used to great advantage on thousands of real and synthetic data sets from a wide variety of systems ranging from roulette wheels to lasers to the human heart. Even in cases where the data do not meet the mathematical or algorithmic requirements to assure full topological conjugacy, the results of nonlinear time-series analysis can be helpful in understanding, characterizing, and predicting dynamical systems.

  3. Integrated method for chaotic time series analysis

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    Hively, Lee M. (Philadelphia, TN); Ng, Esmond G. (Concord, TN)

    1998-01-01

    Methods and apparatus for automatically detecting differences between similar but different states in a nonlinear process monitor nonlinear data. Steps include: acquiring the data; digitizing the data; obtaining nonlinear measures of the data via chaotic time series analysis; obtaining time serial trends in the nonlinear measures; and determining by comparison whether differences between similar but different states are indicated.

  4. Integrated method for chaotic time series analysis

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    Hively, L.M.; Ng, E.G.

    1998-09-29

    Methods and apparatus for automatically detecting differences between similar but different states in a nonlinear process monitor nonlinear data are disclosed. Steps include: acquiring the data; digitizing the data; obtaining nonlinear measures of the data via chaotic time series analysis; obtaining time serial trends in the nonlinear measures; and determining by comparison whether differences between similar but different states are indicated. 8 figs.

  5. Layered Ensemble Architecture for Time Series Forecasting.

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    Rahman, Md Mustafizur; Islam, Md Monirul; Murase, Kazuyuki; Yao, Xin

    2016-01-01

    Time series forecasting (TSF) has been widely used in many application areas such as science, engineering, and finance. The phenomena generating time series are usually unknown and information available for forecasting is only limited to the past values of the series. It is, therefore, necessary to use an appropriate number of past values, termed lag, for forecasting. This paper proposes a layered ensemble architecture (LEA) for TSF problems. Our LEA consists of two layers, each of which uses an ensemble of multilayer perceptron (MLP) networks. While the first ensemble layer tries to find an appropriate lag, the second ensemble layer employs the obtained lag for forecasting. Unlike most previous work on TSF, the proposed architecture considers both accuracy and diversity of the individual networks in constructing an ensemble. LEA trains different networks in the ensemble by using different training sets with an aim of maintaining diversity among the networks. However, it uses the appropriate lag and combines the best trained networks to construct the ensemble. This indicates LEAs emphasis on accuracy of the networks. The proposed architecture has been tested extensively on time series data of neural network (NN)3 and NN5 competitions. It has also been tested on several standard benchmark time series data. In terms of forecasting accuracy, our experimental results have revealed clearly that LEA is better than other ensemble and nonensemble methods. PMID:25751882

  6. Reducing noise in discretized time series

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    Cuéllar, Milena C.; Binder, P.-M.

    2001-10-01

    We show that applying a noise-reduction algorithm to a discretized time series increases its average error, compared to the original series. We find that adding external noise comparable to the discretization step before noise reduction limits the increase of the average error and improves the estimation of Lyapunov exponents.

  7. Determinism test for very short time series

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    Binder, P.-M.; Igarashi, Ryu; Seymour, William; Takeishi, Candy

    2005-03-01

    A test for determinism suitable for time series shorter than 100 points is presented, and applied to numerical and observed data. The method exploits the linear d(d0) dependence in the expression d(t)˜d0e?t which describes the growth of small separations between trajectories in chaotic systems.

  8. Three Analysis Examples for Time Series Data

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    With improvements in instrumentation and the automation of data collection, plot level repeated measures and time series data are increasingly available to monitor and assess selected variables throughout the duration of an experiment or project. Records and metadata on variables of interest alone o...

  9. Tracking Large Area Mangrove Deforestation with Time-Series of High Fidelity MODIS Imagery

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    Rahman, A. F.; Dragoni, D.; Didan, K.

    2011-12-01

    Mangrove forests are important coastal ecosystems of the tropical and subtropical regions. These forests provide critical ecosystem services, fulfill important socio-economic and environmental functions, and support coastal livelihoods. But these forest are also among the most vulnerable ecosystems, both to anthropogenic disturbance and climate change. Yet, there exists no map or published study showing detailed spatiotemporal trends of mangrove deforestation at local to regional scales. There is an immediate need of producing such detailed maps to further study the drivers, impacts and feedbacks of anthropogenic and climate factors on mangrove deforestation, and to develop local and regional scale adaptation/mitigation strategies. In this study we use a time-series of high fidelity imagery from NASA's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) for tracking changes in the greenness of mangrove forests of Kalimantan Island of Indonesia. A novel method of filtering satellite data for cloud, aerosol, and view angle effects was used to produce high fidelity MODIS time-series images at 250-meter spatial resolution and three-month temporal resolution for the period of 2000-2010. Enhanced Vegetation Index 2 (EVI2), a measure of vegetation greenness, was calculated from these images for each pixel at each time interval. Temporal variations in the EVI2 of each pixel were tracked as a proxy to deforestaton of mangroves using the statistical method of change-point analysis. Results of these change detection were validated using Monte Carlo simulation, photographs from Google-Earth, finer spatial resolution images from Landsat satellite, and ground based GIS data.

  10. Evaluation of Landsat Archive for Global and Time Series Validation of AVHRR-MODIS Vegetation Index Data Records

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    Connor, W.; Miura, T.

    2012-12-01

    Spectral vegetation indices (VIs) derived from satellite images are useful in land surface phenology studies. These time series portray seasonal and annual changes to vegetation globally. Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) are two satellite sensors which provide daily global VIs. AVHRR and MODIS time series could be used together to assess longer-term changes in global phenological and climate change studies. Inherent differences of sensor characteristics potentially lead to inconsistencies between these two sensor time series, which needs to be evaluated. Landsat provides the longest data record; i.e., Landsat-5 Thematic Mapper had been acquiring data since 1984. The Landsat dataset could provide an opportunity to evaluate multi-sensor continuity of these global datasets. The objective of this study was to evaluate the availability of low cloud coverage or cloud-free Landsat scenes at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) for validating data consistency and continuity of AVHRR-MODIS global vegetation index datasets over an 18-year time period, from 1984 to 2002. The USGS Landsat Global Archive file was obtained from the USGS Landsat website, which provided a graphic view of the geographic and temporal acquisition of Landsat data from 1972 to 2011. International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) land cover data were extracted from the 2002 MODIS land cover product (MYC12C1) to stratify available scenes for land cover types. Archived scene metadata were used to find Landsat scenes with less than 25% cloud cover. The most comprehensive data were available over the conterminous United States, the southern part of Canada, and the northern part of Mexico, where full 18-year time series of Landsat-5 TM image stack (10 - 20 image per year) could be generated at many PATH/ROW locations. Outside of North America, no single region had sufficient data archived for all years of the 1984 to 2002 time period to allow for a continuous time-series to be generated. However, occasional regional coverage of Landsat data were observed for South America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Austraia, and Africa, which could be used to assess global consistency of AVHRR and MODIS datasets, with the exception of a few years with insufficient data collection. We conclude that the USGS EROS Landsat-5 TM archive can provide a useful temporal and spatial coverage to validate data consistency and continuity of AVHRR-MODIS global vegetation index time series.

  11. Using Image Tour to Explore Multiangle, Multispectral Satellite Image

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    Braverman, Amy; Wegman, Edward J.; Martinez, Wendy; Symanzik, Juergen; Wallet, Brad

    2006-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation reviews the use of Image Tour to explore the multiangle, multispectral satellite imagery. Remote sensing data are spatial arrays of p-dimensional vectors where each component corresponds to one of p variables. Applying the same R(exp p) to R(exp d) projection to all pixels creates new images, which may be easier to analyze than the original because d < p. Image grand tour (IGT) steps through the space of projections, and d=3 outputs a sequence of RGB images, one for each step. In this talk, we apply IGT to multiangle, multispectral data from NASA's MISR instrument. MISR views each pixel in four spectral bands at nine view angles. Multiple views detect photon scattering in different directions and are indicative of physical properties of the scene. IGT allows us to explore MISR's data structure while maintaining spatial context; a key requirement for physical interpretation. We report results highlighting the uniqueness of multiangle data and how IGT can exploit it.

  12. GPU accelerated implementation of ultrasound radio-frequency time series analysis

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    Chung, Jonathan; Daoud, Mohammad I.; Imani, Farhad; Mousavi, Parvin; Abolmaesumi, Purang

    2012-03-01

    The ultrasound radio-frequency (RF) time series method has been shown to be an effective approach for accurate tissue classification and cancer detection. Previous studies of the RF time series method were based on a serial MATLAB implementation of feature calculation that involved long running times. Clinical applications of the RF time series method require a fast and efficient implementation that enables realistic imaging studies within a short time frame. In this paper, a parallel implementation of the RF time series method is developed to support clinical ultrasound imaging studies. The parallel implementation uses a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) to compute the tissue classification features of the RF time series method. Moreover, efficient graphical representations of the RF times series features are obtained using the Qt framework. Tread computing is used to concurrently compute and visualize the RF time series features. The parallel implementation of the RF time series is evaluated for various configurations of number of frames and number of scan lines per frame acquired in an imaging study. Results demonstrate that the parallel implementation enables imaging of tissue classification at interactive time. A typical RF time series of 128 frames and 128 scan lines per frame, the parallel implementation be processed in 0.8128 +/- 0.0420 sec.

  13. TerraSAR-X dual-pol time-series for mapping of wetland vegetation

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    Betbeder, Julie; Rapinel, Sébastien; Corgne, Samuel; Pottier, Eric; Hubert-Moy, Laurence

    2015-09-01

    Mapping vegetation formations at a fine scale is crucial for assessing wetland functions and for better landscape management. Identification and characterization of vegetation formations is generally conducted at a fine scale using ecological ground surveys, which are limited to small areas. While optical remotely sensed imagery is limited to cloud-free periods, SAR time-series are used more extensively for wetland mapping and characterization using the relationship between distribution of vegetation formations and flood duration. The aim of this study was to determine the optimal number and key dates of SAR images to be classified to map wetland vegetation formations at a 1:10,000 scale. A series of eight dual-polarization TerraSAR-X images (HH/VV) was acquired in 2013 during dry and wet seasons in temperate climate conditions. One polarimetric parameter was extracted first, the Shannon entropy, which varies with wetland flooding status and vegetation roughness. Classification runs of all the possible combinations of SAR images using different k (number of images) subsets were performed to determine the best combinations of the Shannon entropy images to identify wetland vegetation formations. The classification runs were performed using Support Vector Machine techniques and were then analyzed using the McNemar test to investigate significant differences in the accuracy of all classification runs based on the different image subsets. The results highlight the relevant periods (i.e. late winter, spring and beginning of summer) for mapping vegetation formations, in accordance with ecological studies. They also indicate that a relationship can be established between vegetation formations and hydrodynamic processes with a short time-series of satellite images (i.e. 5 dates). This study introduces a new approach for herbaceous wetland monitoring using SAR polarimetric imagery. This approach estimates the number and key dates required for wetland management (e.g. restoration) and biodiversity studies using remote sensing data.

  14. Stratospheric ozone time series analysis using dynamical linear models

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    Laine, Marko; Kyrölä, Erkki

    2013-04-01

    We describe a hierarchical statistical state space model for ozone profile time series. The time series are from satellite measurements by the SAGE II and GOMOS instruments spanning years 1984-2012. The original data sets are combined and gridded monthly using 10 degree latitude bands, and covering 20-60 km with 1 km vertical spacing. Model components include level, trend, seasonal effect with solar activity, and quasi biennial oscillations as proxy variables. A typical feature of an atmospheric time series is that they are not stationary but exhibit both slowly varying and abrupt changes in the distributional properties. These are caused by external forcing such as changes in the solar activity or volcanic eruptions. Further, the data sampling is often nonuniform, there are data gaps, and the uncertainty of the observations can vary. When observations are combined from various sources there will be instrument and retrieval method related biases. The differences in sampling lead also to uncertainties. Standard classical ARIMA type of statistical time series methods are mostly useless for atmospheric data. A more general approach makes use of dynamical linear models and Kalman filter type of sequential algorithms. These state space models assume a linear relationship between the unknown state of the system and the observations and for the process evolution of the hidden states. They are still flexible enough to model both smooth trends and sudden changes. The above mentioned methodological challenges are discussed, together with analysis of change points in trends related to recovery of stratospheric ozone. This work is part of the ESA SPIN and ozone CCI projects.

  15. Correlation dimension of underground muon time series

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    Bergamasco, L.; Serio, M.; Osborne, A. R.

    1992-11-01

    This paper presents results obtained for the correlation dimension of cosmic ray muon time series detected at a depth underground of 570 hg/sq cm over a period of eight years. The corresponding galactic primaries have rigidities of the order of a few teravolts and are therefore at least partially under the influence of solar modulation effects. The principal indication is that the physical mechanisms which shape the muon time series in the frequency range below 2 x 10 exp -5 Hz are entirely stochastic in behavior and have a monofractal structure. The correlation dimension is finite and shows an inverse dependence on the level of solar activity, oscillating between 4.5 +/- 0.4 at solar maximum and 6.2 +/- 0.6 at solar minimum.

  16. Modelling population change from time series data

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    Barker, R.J.; Sauer, J.R.

    1992-01-01

    Information on change in population size over time is among the most basic inputs for population management. Unfortunately, population changes are generally difficult to identify, and once identified difficult to explain. Sources of variald (patterns) in population data include: changes in environment that affect carrying capaciyy and produce trend, autocorrelative processes, irregular environmentally induced perturbations, and stochasticity arising from population processes. In addition. populations are almost never censused and many surveys (e.g., the North American Breeding Bird Survey) produce multiple, incomplete time series of population indices, providing further sampling complications. We suggest that each source of pattern should be used to address specific hypotheses regarding population change, but that failure to correctly model each source can lead to false conclusions about the dynamics of populations. We consider hypothesis tests based on each source of pattern, and the effects of autocorrelated observations and sampling error. We identify important constraints on analyses of time series that limit their use in identifying underlying relationships.

  17. Intrinsic superstatistical components of financial time series

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    Vamo?, C?lin; Cr?ciun, Maria

    2014-12-01

    Time series generated by a complex hierarchical system exhibit various types of dynamics at different time scales. A financial time series is an example of such a multiscale structure with time scales ranging from minutes to several years. In this paper we decompose the volatility of financial indices into five intrinsic components and we show that it has a heterogeneous scale structure. The small-scale components have a stochastic nature and they are independent 99% of the time, becoming synchronized during financial crashes and enhancing the heavy tails of the volatility distribution. The deterministic behavior of the large-scale components is related to the nonstationarity of the financial markets evolution. Our decomposition of the financial volatility is a superstatistical model more complex than those usually limited to a superposition of two independent statistics at well-separated time scales.

  18. Univariate time series forecasting algorithm validation

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    Ismail, Suzilah; Zakaria, Rohaiza; Muda, Tuan Zalizam Tuan

    2014-12-01

    Forecasting is a complex process which requires expert tacit knowledge in producing accurate forecast values. This complexity contributes to the gaps between end users and expert. Automating this process by using algorithm can act as a bridge between them. Algorithm is a well-defined rule for solving a problem. In this study a univariate time series forecasting algorithm was developed in JAVA and validated using SPSS and Excel. Two set of simulated data (yearly and non-yearly); several univariate forecasting techniques (i.e. Moving Average, Decomposition, Exponential Smoothing, Time Series Regressions and ARIMA) and recent forecasting process (such as data partition, several error measures, recursive evaluation and etc.) were employed. Successfully, the results of the algorithm tally with the results of SPSS and Excel. This algorithm will not just benefit forecaster but also end users that lacking in depth knowledge of forecasting process.

  19. Analysis of time series geospatial data for seismic precursors detection in Vrancea zone

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    Zoran, M. A.; Savastru, R. S.; Savastru, D. M.

    2012-10-01

    Rock microfracturing in the Earth's crust preceding a seismic rupture may cause local surface deformation fields, rock dislocations, charged particle generation and motion, electrical conductivity changes, gas emission, fluid diffusion, electrokinetic, piezomagnetic and piezoelectric effects. Space-time anomalies of Earth's emitted radiation (radon in underground water and soil , thermal infrared in spectral range measured from satellite months to weeks before the occurrence of earthquakes etc.), ionospheric and electromagnetic anomalies are considered as pre-seismic signals. Satellite remote sensing data provides a systematic, synoptic framework for advancing scientific knowledge of the Earth complex system of geophysical phenomena which often lead to seismic hazards. The GPS data provides exciting prospects in seismology including detecting, imaging and analyzing signals in regions of seismo-active areas. This paper aims at investigating thermal seismic precursors for some major earthquakes in Romania in Vrancea area, occurred in 1977, 1986, 1990 and 2004, based on time series satellite data provided by NOAA and MODIS. Quantitative analysis of land surface temperature (LST) and ongoing long wave radiation (OLR) data extracted from satellite and in-situ monitoring available data recorded before and during the occurrence of earthquake events shows the consistent increasing in the air and land surface in the epicentral locations several days before earthquake, and at different distances of hypocenters function of registered earthquake moment magnitude.

  20. Delay Differential Analysis of Time Series

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    Lainscsek, Claudia; Sejnowski, Terrence J.

    2015-01-01

    Nonlinear dynamical system analysis based on embedding theory has been used for modeling and prediction, but it also has applications to signal detection and classification of time series. An embedding creates a multidimensional geometrical object from a single time series. Traditionally either delay or derivative embeddings have been used. The delay embedding is composed of delayed versions of the signal, and the derivative embedding is composed of successive derivatives of the signal. The delay embedding has been extended to nonuniform embeddings to take multiple timescales into account. Both embeddings provide information on the underlying dynamical system without having direct access to all the system variables. Delay differential analysis is based on functional embeddings, a combination of the derivative embedding with nonuniform delay embeddings. Small delay differential equation (DDE) models that best represent relevant dynamic features of time series data are selected from a pool of candidate models for detection or classification. We show that the properties of DDEs support spectral analysis in the time domain where nonlinear correlation functions are used to detect frequencies, frequency and phase couplings, and bispectra. These can be efficiently computed with short time windows and are robust to noise. For frequency analysis, this framework is a multivariate extension of discrete Fourier transform (DFT), and for higher-order spectra, it is a linear and multivariate alternative to multidimensional fast Fourier transform of multidimensional correlations. This method can be applied to short or sparse time series and can be extended to cross-trial and cross-channel spectra if multiple short data segments of the same experiment are available. Together, this time-domain toolbox provides higher temporal resolution, increased frequency and phase coupling information, and it allows an easy and straightforward implementation of higher-order spectra across time compared with frequency-based methods such as the DFT and cross-spectral analysis. PMID:25602777

  1. Delay differential analysis of time series.

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    Lainscsek, Claudia; Sejnowski, Terrence J

    2015-03-01

    Nonlinear dynamical system analysis based on embedding theory has been used for modeling and prediction, but it also has applications to signal detection and classification of time series. An embedding creates a multidimensional geometrical object from a single time series. Traditionally either delay or derivative embeddings have been used. The delay embedding is composed of delayed versions of the signal, and the derivative embedding is composed of successive derivatives of the signal. The delay embedding has been extended to nonuniform embeddings to take multiple timescales into account. Both embeddings provide information on the underlying dynamical system without having direct access to all the system variables. Delay differential analysis is based on functional embeddings, a combination of the derivative embedding with nonuniform delay embeddings. Small delay differential equation (DDE) models that best represent relevant dynamic features of time series data are selected from a pool of candidate models for detection or classification. We show that the properties of DDEs support spectral analysis in the time domain where nonlinear correlation functions are used to detect frequencies, frequency and phase couplings, and bispectra. These can be efficiently computed with short time windows and are robust to noise. For frequency analysis, this framework is a multivariate extension of discrete Fourier transform (DFT), and for higher-order spectra, it is a linear and multivariate alternative to multidimensional fast Fourier transform of multidimensional correlations. This method can be applied to short or sparse time series and can be extended to cross-trial and cross-channel spectra if multiple short data segments of the same experiment are available. Together, this time-domain toolbox provides higher temporal resolution, increased frequency and phase coupling information, and it allows an easy and straightforward implementation of higher-order spectra across time compared with frequency-based methods such as the DFT and cross-spectral analysis. PMID:25602777

  2. Applying time series analysis to performance logs

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    Kubacki, Marcin; Sosnowski, Janusz

    2015-09-01

    Contemporary computer systems provide mechanisms for monitoring various performance parameters (e.g. processor or memory usage, disc or network transfers), which are collected and stored in performance logs. An important issue is to derive characteristic features describing normal and abnormal behavior of the systems. For this purpose we use various schemes of analyzing time series. They have been adapted to the specificity of performance logs and verified using data collected from real systems. The presented approach is useful in evaluating system dependability.

  3. Analysis of Polyphonic Musical Time Series

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    Sommer, Katrin; Weihs, Claus

    A general model for pitch tracking of polyphonic musical time series will be introduced. Based on a model of Davy and Godsill (Bayesian harmonic models for musical pitch estimation and analysis, Technical Report 431, Cambridge University Engineering Department, 2002) Davy and Godsill (2002) the different pitches of the musical sound are estimated with MCMC methods simultaneously. Additionally a preprocessing step is designed to improve the estimation of the fundamental frequencies (A comparative study on polyphonic musical time series using MCMC methods. In C. Preisach et al., editors, Data Analysis, Machine Learning, and Applications, Springer, Berlin, 2008). The preprocessing step compares real audio data with an alphabet constructed from the McGill Master Samples (Opolko and Wapnick, McGill University Master Samples [Compact disc], McGill University, Montreal, 1987) and consists of tones of different instruments. The tones with minimal Itakura-Saito distortion (Gray et al., Transactions on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing ASSP-28(4):367-376, 1980) are chosen as first estimates and as starting points for the MCMC algorithms. Furthermore the implementation of the alphabet is an approach for the recognition of the instruments generating the musical time series. Results are presented for mixed monophonic data from McGill and for self recorded polyphonic audio data.

  4. Measuring nonlinear behavior in time series data

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    Wai, Phoong Seuk; Ismail, Mohd Tahir

    2014-12-01

    Stationary Test is an important test in detect the time series behavior since financial and economic data series always have missing data, structural change as well as jumps or breaks in the data set. Moreover, stationary test is able to transform the nonlinear time series variable to become stationary by taking difference-stationary process or trend-stationary process. Two different types of hypothesis testing of stationary tests that are Augmented Dickey-Fuller (ADF) test and Kwiatkowski-Philips-Schmidt-Shin (KPSS) test are examine in this paper to describe the properties of the time series variables in financial model. Besides, Least Square method is used in Augmented Dickey-Fuller test to detect the changes of the series and Lagrange multiplier is used in Kwiatkowski-Philips-Schmidt-Shin test to examine the properties of oil price, gold price and Malaysia stock market. Moreover, Quandt-Andrews, Bai-Perron and Chow tests are also use to detect the existence of break in the data series. The monthly index data are ranging from December 1989 until May 2012. Result is shown that these three series exhibit nonlinear properties but are able to transform to stationary series after taking first difference process.

  5. Sliced Inverse Regression for Time Series Analysis

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    Chen, Li-Sue

    1995-11-01

    In this thesis, general nonlinear models for time series data are considered. A basic form is x _{t} = f(beta_sp{1} {T}X_{t-1},beta_sp {2}{T}X_{t-1},... , beta_sp{k}{T}X_ {t-1},varepsilon_{t}), where x_{t} is an observed time series data, X_{t } is the first d time lag vector, (x _{t},x_{t-1},... ,x _{t-d-1}), f is an unknown function, beta_{i}'s are unknown vectors, varepsilon_{t }'s are independent distributed. Special cases include AR and TAR models. We investigate the feasibility applying SIR/PHD (Li 1990, 1991) (the sliced inverse regression and principal Hessian methods) in estimating beta _{i}'s. PCA (Principal component analysis) is brought in to check one critical condition for SIR/PHD. Through simulation and a study on 3 well -known data sets of Canadian lynx, U.S. unemployment rate and sunspot numbers, we demonstrate how SIR/PHD can effectively retrieve the interesting low-dimension structures for time series data.

  6. Monitoring Forest Regrowth Using a Multi-Platform Time Series

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    Sabol, Donald E., Jr.; Smith, Milton O.; Adams, John B.; Gillespie, Alan R.; Tucker, Compton J.

    1996-01-01

    Over the past 50 years, the forests of western Washington and Oregon have been extensively harvested for timber. This has resulted in a heterogeneous mosaic of remaining mature forests, clear-cuts, new plantations, and second-growth stands that now occur in areas that formerly were dominated by extensive old-growth forests and younger forests resulting from fire disturbance. Traditionally, determination of seral stage and stand condition have been made using aerial photography and spot field observations, a methodology that is not only time- and resource-intensive, but falls short of providing current information on a regional scale. These limitations may be solved, in part, through the use of multispectral images which can cover large areas at spatial resolutions in the order of tens of meters. The use of multiple images comprising a time series potentially can be used to monitor land use (e.g. cutting and replanting), and to observe natural processes such as regeneration, maturation and phenologic change. These processes are more likely to be spectrally observed in a time series composed of images taken during different seasons over a long period of time. Therefore, for many areas, it may be necessary to use a variety of images taken with different imaging systems. A common framework for interpretation is needed that reduces topographic, atmospheric, instrumental, effects as well as differences in lighting geometry between images. The present state of remote-sensing technology in general use does not realize the full potential of the multispectral data in areas of high topographic relief. For example, the primary method for analyzing images of forested landscapes in the Northwest has been with statistical classifiers (e.g. parallelepiped, nearest-neighbor, maximum likelihood, etc.), often applied to uncalibrated multispectral data. Although this approach has produced useful information from individual images in some areas, landcover classes defined by these techniques typically are not consistent for the same scene imaged under different illumination conditions, especially in the mountainous regions. In addition, it is difficult to correct for atmospheric and instrumental differences between multiple scenes in a time series. In this paper, we present an approach for monitoring forest cutting/regrowth in a semi-mountainous portion of the southern Gifford Pinchot National Forest using a multisensor-time series composed of MSS, TM, and AVIRIS images.

  7. Interpretation of a compositional time series

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    Tolosana-Delgado, R.; van den Boogaart, K. G.

    2012-04-01

    Common methods for multivariate time series analysis use linear operations, from the definition of a time-lagged covariance/correlation to the prediction of new outcomes. However, when the time series response is a composition (a vector of positive components showing the relative importance of a set of parts in a total, like percentages and proportions), then linear operations are afflicted of several problems. For instance, it has been long recognised that (auto/cross-)correlations between raw percentages are spurious, more dependent on which other components are being considered than on any natural link between the components of interest. Also, a long-term forecast of a composition in models with a linear trend will ultimately predict negative components. In general terms, compositional data should not be treated in a raw scale, but after a log-ratio transformation (Aitchison, 1986: The statistical analysis of compositional data. Chapman and Hill). This is so because the information conveyed by a compositional data is relative, as stated in their definition. The principle of working in coordinates allows to apply any sort of multivariate analysis to a log-ratio transformed composition, as long as this transformation is invertible. This principle is of full application to time series analysis. We will discuss how results (both auto/cross-correlation functions and predictions) can be back-transformed, viewed and interpreted in a meaningful way. One view is to use the exhaustive set of all possible pairwise log-ratios, which allows to express the results into D(D - 1)/2 separate, interpretable sets of one-dimensional models showing the behaviour of each possible pairwise log-ratios. Another view is the interpretation of estimated coefficients or correlations back-transformed in terms of compositions. These two views are compatible and complementary. These issues are illustrated with time series of seasonal precipitation patterns at different rain gauges of the USA. In this data set, the proportion of annual precipitation falling in winter, spring, summer and autumn is considered a 4-component time series. Three invertible log-ratios are defined for calculations, balancing rainfall in autumn vs. winter, in summer vs. spring, and in autumn-winter vs. spring-summer. Results suggest a 2-year correlation range, and certain oscillatory behaviour in the last balance, which does not occur in the other two.

  8. Characterization of aggressive prostate cancer using ultrasound RF time series

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    Khojaste, Amir; Imani, Farhad; Moradi, Mehdi; Berman, David; Siemens, D. Robert; Sauerberi, Eric E.; Boag, Alexander H.; Abolmaesumi, Purang; Mousavi, Parvin

    2015-03-01

    Prostate cancer is the most prevalently diagnosed and the second cause of cancer-related death in North American men. Several approaches have been proposed to augment detection of prostate cancer using different imaging modalities. Due to advantages of ultrasound imaging, these approaches have been the subject of several recent studies. This paper presents the results of a feasibility study on differentiating between lower and higher grade prostate cancer using ultrasound RF time series data. We also propose new spectral features of RF time series to highlight aggressive prostate cancer in small ROIs of size 1 mm × 1 mm in a cohort of 19 ex vivo specimens of human prostate tissue. In leave-one-patient-out cross-validation strategy, an area under accumulated ROC curve of 0.8 has been achieved with overall sensitivity and specificity of 81% and 80%, respectively. The current method shows promising results on differentiating between lower and higher grade of prostate cancer using ultrasound RF time series.

  9. Use of Time Series Analyses for Cloud Types Extraction and Variability in the Context of Global Climate Change

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    Dim, J. R.; Murakami, H.; Hori, M.; Nakajima, T. Y.

    2009-12-01

    In the context of global climate change, the contribution of various types of clouds to the Earth radiation budget is an ongoing debate. In this study, cloud physical properties time series are used to introduce a new cloud classification approach based on the thermal brightness image segmentation techniques, and understand the variability of cloud types and their interconnectivity in view of future satellite observations of the climate. This approach, termed the “thermal brightness gradient and orientation technique” relies on pixels’ geometric relations as inferred by the cloud brightness temperature gradient and orientation, and the cloud top pressure. The observation data used for this study are global time series cloud properties data derived from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Advanced Very-High-Resolution Radiometer (NOAA-AVHRR) satellite sensors. For data consistency and reliability, contemporaneous and retroactive satellite inter-calibrations are respectively performed, and prior to the analyses, between the NOAA-AVHRR and the Terra/Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (Terra/MODIS), and between the NOAA-AVHRR sensors series. Results of the new classification method introduced in this study are compared with those obtained by the ISCCP cloud classification algorithm which relies on the cloud optical depth (COD) and the cloud top pressure for cloud types’ identification. Statistics of the two Classification schemes show a matching rate between 70 to 85%. The best agreements are obtained at mid and low latitudes while most of the major differences are found at polar areas.

  10. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN HYDROWEB DATABASE Water level time series on lakes and reservoirs (Invited)

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    Cretaux, J.; Arsen, A.; Calmant, S.

    2013-12-01

    We present the current state of the Hydroweb database as well as developments in progress. It provides offline water level time series on rivers, reservoirs and lakes based on altimetry data from several satellites (Topex/Poseidon, ERS, Jason-1&2, GFO and ENVISAT). The major developments in Hydroweb concerns the development of an operational data centre with automatic acquisition and processing of IGDR data for updating time series in near real time (both for lakes & rivers) and also use of additional remote sensing data, like satellite imagery allowing the calculation of lake's surfaces. A lake data centre is under development at the Legos in coordination with Hydrolare Project leaded by SHI (State Hydrological Institute of the Russian Academy of Science). It will provide the level-surface-volume variations of about 230 lakes and reservoirs, calculated through combination of various satellite images (Modis, Asar, Landsat, Cbers) and radar altimetry (Topex / Poseidon, Jason-1 & 2, GFO, Envisat, ERS2, AltiKa). The final objective is to propose a data centre fully based on remote sensing technique and controlled by in situ infrastructure for the Global Terrestrial Network for Lakes (GTN-L) under the supervision of WMO and GCOS. In a longer perspective, the Hydroweb database will integrate data from future missions (Jason-3, Jason-CS, Sentinel-3A/B) and finally will serve for the design of the SWOT mission. The products of hydroweb will be used as input data for simulation of the SWOT products (water height and surface variations of lakes and rivers). In the future, the SWOT mission will allow to monitor on a sub-monthly basis the worldwide lakes and reservoirs bigger than 250 * 250 m and Hydroweb will host water level and extent products from this

  11. Time Series Photometry of KZ Lacertae

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    Joner, Michael D.

    2016-01-01

    We present BVRI time series photometry of the high amplitude delta Scuti star KZ Lacertae secured using the 0.9-meter telescope located at the Brigham Young University West Mountain Observatory. In addition to the multicolor light curves that are presented, the V data from the last six years of observations are used to plot an O-C diagram in order to determine the ephemeris and evaluate evidence for period change. We wish to thank the Brigham Young University College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences as well as the Department of Physics and Astronomy for their continued support of the research activities at the West Mountain Observatory.

  12. Forecasting chaotic time series with genetic algorithms

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    Szpiro, George G.

    1997-03-01

    This paper proposes the use of genetic algorithms-search procedures, modeled on the Darwinian theories of natural selection and survival of the fittest-to find equations that describe the behavior of a time series. The method permits global forecasts of such series. Very little data are sufficient to utilize the method and, as a byproduct, these algorithms sometimes indicate the functional form of the dynamic that underlies the data. The algorithms are tested with clean as well as with noisy chaotic data, and with the sunspot series.

  13. Characterization of Ground Deformation above AN Urban Tunnel by Means of Insar Time Series Analysis

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    Ferretti, A.; Iannacone, J.; Falorni, G.; Berti, M.; Corsini, A.

    2013-12-01

    Ground deformation produced by tunnel excavation in urban areas can cause damage to buildings and infrastructure. In these contexts, monitoring systems are required to determine the surface area affected by displacement and the rates of movement. Advanced multi-image satellite-based InSAR approaches are uniquely suited for this purpose as they provide an overview of the entire affected area and can measure movement rates with millimeter precision. Persistent scatterer approaches such as SqueeSAR™ use reflections off buildings, lampposts, roads, etc to produce a high-density point cloud in which each point has a time series of deformation spanning the period covered by the imagery. We investigated an area of about 10 km2 in North Vancouver, (Canada) where the shaft excavation of the Seymour-Capilano water filtration plant was started in 2004. As part of the project, twin tunnels in bedrock were excavated to transfer water from the Capilano Reservoir to the treatment plant. A radar dataset comprising 58 images (spanning March 2001 - June 2008) acquired by the Radarsat-1 satellite and covering the period of excavation was processed with the SqueeSAR™ algorithm (Ferretti et al., 2011) to assess the ground deformation caused by the tunnel excavation. To better characterize the deformation in the time and space domains and correlate ground movement with excavation, an in-depth time series analysis was carried out. Berti et al. (2013) developed an automatic procedure for the analysis of InSAR time series based on a sequence of statistical tests. The tool classifies time series into six distinctive types (uncorrelated; linear; quadratic; bilinear; discontinuous without constant velocity; discontinuous with change in velocity) which can be linked to different physical phenomena. It also provides a series of descriptive parameters which can be used to characterize the temporal changes of ground motion. We processed the movement time series with PSTime to determine the existence of any relationship between the tunnel excavation and the surface ground deformation. Within the area investigated we found that 56% of measurement points are characterized by a bilinear deformation trend, 25% by a quadratic trend, and 7% by a linear trend, indicating that a change in deformation rate was present for a vast majority of points. In addition, 78% of the points accelerated mostly in 2006, corresponding with the date in which excavation of the tunnels started. In general, total deformation of up to ~ 40 mm was preceded by a phase of stable ground and then followed by a stage with the highest variation of velocities recorded at the end of 2007. The time series analysis allowed the accurate detection of very small variations in velocity over large areas. In particular it highlighted a clear relation between the construction of the Seymour-Capilano water plant and ground surface deformation.

  14. A Multiscale Approach to InSAR Time Series Analysis

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    Simons, M.; Hetland, E. A.; Muse, P.; Lin, Y.; Dicaprio, C. J.

    2009-12-01

    We describe progress in the development of MInTS (Multiscale analysis of InSAR Time Series), an approach to constructed self-consistent time-dependent deformation observations from repeated satellite-based InSAR images of a given region. MInTS relies on a spatial wavelet decomposition to permit the inclusion of distance based spatial correlations in the observations while maintaining computational tractability. In essence, MInTS allows one to considers all data at the same time as opposed to one pixel at a time, thereby taking advantage of both spatial and temporal characteristics of the deformation field. This approach also permits a consistent treatment of all data independent of the presence of localized holes due to unwrapping issues in any given interferogram. Specifically, the presence of holes is accounted for through a weighting scheme that accounts for the extent of actual data versus the area of holes associated with any given wavelet. In terms of the temporal representation, we have the flexibility to explicitly parametrize known processes that are expected to contribute to a given set of observations (e.g., co-seismic steps and post-seismic transients, secular variations, seasonal oscillations, etc.). Our approach also allows for the temporal parametrization to include a set of general functions in order to account for unexpected processes. We allow for various forms of model regularization using a cross-validation approach to select penalty parameters. We also experiment with the use of sparsity inducing regularization as a way to select from a large dictionary of time functions. The multiscale analysis allows us to consider various contributions (e.g., orbit errors) that may affect specific scales but not others. The methods described here are all embarrassingly parallel and suitable for implementation on a cluster computer. We demonstrate the use of MInTS using a large suite of ERS-1/2 and Envisat interferograms for Long Valley Caldera, and validate our results by comparing with ground-based observations.

  15. Time-series animation techniques for visualizing urban growth

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    Acevedo, W.; Masuoka, P.

    1997-01-01

    Time-series animation is a visually intuitive way to display urban growth. Animations of landuse change for the Baltimore-Washington region were generated by showing a series of images one after the other in sequential order. Before creating an animation, various issues which will affect the appearance of the animation should be considered, including the number of original data frames to use, the optimal animation display speed, the number of intermediate frames to create between the known frames, and the output media on which the animations will be displayed. To create new frames between the known years of data, the change in each theme (i.e. urban development, water bodies, transportation routes) must be characterized and an algorithm developed to create the in-between frames. Example time-series animations were created using a temporal GIS database of the Baltimore-Washington area. Creating the animations involved generating raster images of the urban development, water bodies, and principal transportation routes; overlaying the raster images on a background image; and importing the frames to a movie file. Three-dimensional perspective animations were created by draping each image over digital elevation data prior to importing the frames to a movie file. ?? 1997 Elsevier Science Ltd.

  16. Radar Interferometry Time Series Analysis and Tools

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    Buckley, S. M.

    2006-12-01

    We consider the use of several multi-interferogram analysis techniques for identifying transient ground motions. Our approaches range from specialized InSAR processing for persistent scatterer and small baseline subset methods to the post-processing of geocoded displacement maps using a linear inversion-singular value decomposition solution procedure. To better understand these approaches, we have simulated sets of interferograms spanning several deformation phenomena, including localized subsidence bowls with constant velocity and seasonal deformation fluctuations. We will present results and insights from the application of these time series analysis techniques to several land subsidence study sites with varying deformation and environmental conditions, e.g., arid Phoenix and coastal Houston-Galveston metropolitan areas and rural Texas sink holes. We consistently find that the time invested in implementing, applying and comparing multiple InSAR time series approaches for a given study site is rewarded with a deeper understanding of the techniques and deformation phenomena. To this end, and with support from NSF, we are preparing a first-version of an InSAR post-processing toolkit to be released to the InSAR science community. These studies form a baseline of results to compare against the higher spatial and temporal sampling anticipated from TerraSAR-X as well as the trade-off between spatial coverage and resolution when relying on ScanSAR interferometry.

  17. Homogenization of precipitation time series with ACMANT

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    Domonkos, Peter

    2015-10-01

    New method for the time series homogenization of observed precipitation (PP) totals is presented; this method is a unit of the ACMANT software package. ACMANT is a relative homogenization method; minimum four time series with adequate spatial correlations are necessary for its use. The detection of inhomogeneities (IHs) is performed with fitting optimal step function, while the calculation of adjustment terms is based on the minimization of the residual variance in homogenized datasets. Together with the presentation of PP homogenization with ACMANT, some peculiarities of PP homogenization as, for instance, the frequency and seasonal variation of IHs in observed PP data and their relation to the performance of homogenization methods are discussed. In climatic regions of snowy winters, ACMANT distinguishes two seasons, namely, rainy season and snowy season, and the seasonal IHs are searched with bivariate detection. ACMANT is a fully automatic method, is freely downloadable from internet and treats either daily or monthly input. Series of observed data in the input dataset may cover different periods, and the occurrence of data gaps is allowed. False zero values instead of missing data code or physical outliers should be corrected before running ACMANT. Efficiency tests indicate that ACMANT belongs to the best performing methods, although further comparative tests of automatic homogenization methods are needed to confirm or reject this finding.

  18. Hurst exponents for short time series

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    Qi, Jingchao; Yang, Huijie

    2011-12-01

    A concept called balanced estimator of diffusion entropy is proposed to detect quantitatively scalings in short time series. The effectiveness is verified by detecting successfully scaling properties for a large number of artificial fractional Brownian motions. Calculations show that this method can give reliable scalings for short time series with length ˜102. It is also used to detect scalings in the Shanghai Stock Index, five stock catalogs, and a total of 134 stocks collected from the Shanghai Stock Exchange Market. The scaling exponent for each catalog is significantly larger compared with that for the stocks included in the catalog. Selecting a window with size 650, the evolution of scaling for the Shanghai Stock Index is obtained by the window's sliding along the series. Global patterns in the evolutionary process are captured from the smoothed evolutionary curve. By comparing the patterns with the important event list in the history of the considered stock market, the evolution of scaling is matched with the stock index series. We can find that the important events fit very well with global transitions of the scaling behaviors.

  19. Potential for calibration of geostationary meteorological satellite imagers using the Moon

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    Stone, T.C.; Kieffer, H.H.; Grant, I.F.

    2005-01-01

    Solar-band imagery from geostationary meteorological satellites has been utilized in a number of important applications in Earth Science that require radiometric calibration. Because these satellite systems typically lack on-board calibrators, various techniques have been employed to establish "ground truth", including observations of stable ground sites and oceans, and cross-calibrating with coincident observations made by instruments with on-board calibration systems. The Moon appears regularly in the margins and corners of full-disk operational images of the Earth acquired by meteorological instruments with a rectangular field of regard, typically several times each month, which provides an excellent opportunity for radiometric calibration. The USGS RObotic Lunar Observatory (ROLO) project has developed the capability for on-orbit calibration using the Moon via a model for lunar spectral irradiance that accommodates the geometries of illumination and viewing by a spacecraft. The ROLO model has been used to determine on-orbit response characteristics for several NASA EOS instruments in low Earth orbit. Relative response trending with precision approaching 0.1% per year has been achieved for SeaWiFS as a result of the long time-series of lunar observations collected by that instrument. The method has a demonstrated capability for cross-calibration of different instruments that have viewed the Moon. The Moon appears skewed in high-resolution meteorological images, primarily due to satellite orbital motion during acquisition; however, the geometric correction for this is straightforward. By integrating the lunar disk image to an equivalent irradiance, and using knowledge of the sensor's spectral response, a calibration can be developed through comparison against the ROLO lunar model. The inherent stability of the lunar surface means that lunar calibration can be applied to observations made at any time, including retroactively. Archived geostationary imager data that contains the Moon can be used to develop response histories for these instruments, regardless of their current operational status.

  20. Longest time series of glacier mass changes in the Himalaya based on stereo imagery

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    Bolch, T.; Pieczonka, T.; Benn, D. I.

    2010-12-01

    Mass loss of Himalayan glaciers has wide-ranging consequences such as declining water resources, sea level rise and an increasing risk of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs). The assessment of the regional and global impact of glacier changes in the Himalaya is, however, hampered by a lack of mass balance data for most of the range. Multi-temporal digital terrain models (DTMs) allow glacier mass balance to be calculated since the availability of stereo imagery. Here we present the longest time series of mass changes in the Himalaya and show the high value of early stereo spy imagery such as Corona (years 1962 and 1970) aerial images and recent high resolution satellite data (Cartosat-1) to calculate a time series of glacier changes south of Mt. Everest, Nepal. We reveal that the glaciers are significantly losing mass with an increasing rate since at least ~1970, despite thick debris cover. The specific mass loss is 0.32 ± 0.08 m w.e. a-1, however, not higher than the global average. The spatial patterns of surface lowering can be explained by variations in debris-cover thickness, glacier velocity, and ice melt due to exposed ice cliffs and ponds.

  1. Cassini imaging of Jupiter's atmosphere, satellites, and rings.

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    Porco, Carolyn C; West, Robert A; McEwen, Alfred; Del Genio, Anthony D; Ingersoll, Andrew P; Thomas, Peter; Squyres, Steve; Dones, Luke; Murray, Carl D; Johnson, Torrence V; Burns, Joseph A; Brahic, Andre; Neukum, Gerhard; Veverka, Joseph; Barbara, John M; Denk, Tilmann; Evans, Michael; Ferrier, Joseph J; Geissler, Paul; Helfenstein, Paul; Roatsch, Thomas; Throop, Henry; Tiscareno, Matthew; Vasavada, Ashwin R

    2003-03-01

    The Cassini Imaging Science Subsystem acquired about 26,000 images of the Jupiter system as the spacecraft encountered the giant planet en route to Saturn. We report findings on Jupiter's zonal winds, convective storms, low-latitude upper troposphere, polar stratosphere, and northern aurora. We also describe previously unseen emissions arising from Io and Europa in eclipse, a giant volcanic plume over Io's north pole, disk-resolved images of the satellite Himalia, circumstantial evidence for a causal relation between the satellites Metis and Adrastea and the main jovian ring, and information on the nature of the ring particles. PMID:12624258

  2. IBIS: the Imager on-Board the INTEGRAL Satellite.

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    Di Cocco, G.; Ubertini, P.; Lebrun, F.; Bassani, L.; Bazzano, A.; Bird, A. J.; Broenstad, K.; Caroli, E.; Denis, M.; Goldwurm, A.; Labanti, C.; Laurent, P.; Malaguti, G.; Mirabel, I. F.; Natalucci, L.; Quadrini, E. M.; Ramsey, B.; Reglero, V.; Sabau, L.; Sacco, B.; Spizzichino, A.; Staubert, R.; Stephen, J. B.; Vigroux, L.; Weisskopf, M. C.; Zdziarski, A.; Zehnder, A.

    IBIS (Imager on-Board the INTEGRAL Satellite), one of the two main instruments on-board the ?-ray astronomy satellite INTEGRAL, will provide images with a few arcmin resolution, over a wide field of view with a continuous spectral coverage from 15 keV up to 10 MeV. IBIS with its powerful capabilities of fine imaging and spectral sensitivity to both continuum and broadened lines will observe, simultaneously with the other instruments on board INTEGRAL, celestial sources of all classes ranging from the most compact galactic systems to extragalactic objects. This paper briefly describes the design philosophy of IBIS and discusses the expected performance.

  3. Time series analysis of temporal networks

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    Sikdar, Sandipan; Ganguly, Niloy; Mukherjee, Animesh

    2016-01-01

    A common but an important feature of all real-world networks is that they are temporal in nature, i.e., the network structure changes over time. Due to this dynamic nature, it becomes difficult to propose suitable growth models that can explain the various important characteristic properties of these networks. In fact, in many application oriented studies only knowing these properties is sufficient. For instance, if one wishes to launch a targeted attack on a network, this can be done even without the knowledge of the full network structure; rather an estimate of some of the properties is sufficient enough to launch the attack. We, in this paper show that even if the network structure at a future time point is not available one can still manage to estimate its properties. We propose a novel method to map a temporal network to a set of time series instances, analyze them and using a standard forecast model of time series, try to predict the properties of a temporal network at a later time instance. To our aim, we consider eight properties such as number of active nodes, average degree, clustering coefficient etc. and apply our prediction framework on them. We mainly focus on the temporal network of human face-to-face contacts and observe that it represents a stochastic process with memory that can be modeled as Auto-Regressive-Integrated-Moving-Average (ARIMA). We use cross validation techniques to find the percentage accuracy of our predictions. An important observation is that the frequency domain properties of the time series obtained from spectrogram analysis could be used to refine the prediction framework by identifying beforehand the cases where the error in prediction is likely to be high. This leads to an improvement of 7.96% (for error level ≤20%) in prediction accuracy on an average across all datasets. As an application we show how such prediction scheme can be used to launch targeted attacks on temporal networks. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Temporal Network Theory and Applications", edited by Petter Holme.

  4. Time series analyses of global change data.

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    Lane, L J; Nichols, M H; Osborn, H B

    1994-01-01

    The hypothesis that statistical analyses of historical time series data can be used to separate the influences of natural variations from anthropogenic sources on global climate change is tested. Point, regional, national, and global temperature data are analyzed. Trend analyses for the period 1901-1987 suggest mean annual temperatures increased (in degrees C per century) globally at the rate of about 0.5, in the USA at about 0.3, in the south-western USA desert region at about 1.2, and at the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed in south-eastern Arizona at about 0.8. However, the rates of temperature change are not constant but vary within the 87-year period. Serial correlation and spectral density analysis of the temperature time series showed weak periodicities at various frequencies. The only common periodicity among the temperature series is an apparent cycle of about 43 years. The temperature time series were correlated with the Wolf sunspot index, atmospheric CO(2) concentrations interpolated from the Siple ice core data, and atmospheric CO(2) concentration data from Mauna Loa measurements. Correlation analysis of temperature data with concurrent data on atmospheric CO(2) concentrations and the Wolf sunspot index support previously reported significant correlation over the 1901-1987 period. Correlation analysis between temperature, atmospheric CO(2) concentration, and the Wolf sunspot index for the shorter period, 1958-1987, when continuous Mauna Loa CO(2) data are available, suggest significant correlation between global warming and atmospheric CO(2) concentrations but no significant correlation between global warming and the Wolf sunspot index. This may be because the Wolf sunspot index apparently increased from 1901 until about 1960 and then decreased thereafter, while global warming apparently continued to increase through 1987. Correlation of sunspot activity with global warming may be spurious but additional analyses are required to test this hypothesis. Given the inconclusive correlation between temperature and solar activity, the significant intercorrelation between time, temperature, and atmospheric CO(2) concentrations, and the suggestion of weak periodicity in the temperature data, additional research is needed to separate the anthropogenic component from the natural variability in temperature when assessing local, regional, and global warming trends. PMID:15091751

  5. Detecting Forest Disturbance in the Pacific Northwest From MODIS Time Series Using Temporal Segmentation

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    Sulla-Menashe, D. J.; Yang, Z.; Braaten, J.; Krankina, O. N.; Kennedy, R. E.; Friedl, M. A.

    2011-12-01

    Changes to the land surface of the Earth are occurring at unprecedented rates with significant implications for surface energy balance and regional to global scale cycles of carbon and water. Data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua and Terra satellite platforms provide over 11 years of consistent, synoptic observations of the biosphere. New methods have recently emerged to analyze time series of remote sensing images, thereby providing ecologically important information about disturbance and succession over large regions. In particular, the Landtrendr algorithm was developed to characterize long-term trends, including punctual and gradual disturbance events and subsequent vegetation regrowth, in dense time series of Landsat imagery. While this approach has shown to be useful and robust in a wide range of ecosystems, its application is limited to areas with sufficient Landsat archive depth and relatively cloud-free periods. Additionally, the approach requires significant effort in atmospheric correction and normalization steps, increasing the cost for large-area application. Here we present an adaptation of the Landtrendr algorithm to an 11-year time series of MODIS Normalized BRDF-Adjusted Reflectance (NBAR) data to detect forest disturbance in the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) area of Washington, Oregon, and California. The NWFP area represents a dynamic zone of forest management with an active disturbance regime that includes insect defoliation, wildfires, and logging. This work aims to explore how the size and severity of disturbance events influence detection and characterization of such events using MODIS data. We sampled disturbance events across gradients of size and severity that occurred during the MODIS era (2000-present) using a high-quality database of forest disturbance information derived from Landsat. One-third of these disturbance records were used to calibrate the model using MODIS NBAR time series, and the remaining two-thirds were kept aside for assessment of model performance. The results demonstrate how the Landtrendr approach can be expanded for use at continental and global scales with data of moderate spatial resolution such as MODIS.

  6. Workshop on Satellite Meteorology. Part 2; Satellite Image Analysis and Interpretation

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    1982-01-01

    The Workshop on Satellite Meteorology is co-sponsored by the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University and the American Meteorological Society's Committee on Meteorological Aspects of Aerospace Systems. The workshop covers uses of satellite data in atmospheric science. It provides state-of-the-art information to those in Universities, research groups, and other users. One area of primary focus is to provide source material to university personnel for developing and augmenting courses in satellite meteorology and the atmospheric sciences. The items in the program include information on meteorological satellites and data sources, uses of satellite imagery for all scales of weather analysis and forecasting, uses of sounding data and other radiance information and research opportunities on interactive systems. Each session is presented by a group of experts in the field and includes an open discussion of the state-of-the-art and promising areas for future development. This pre-print volume is one of three parts on the workshop. The three parts are: PART I. Satellites and Their Data; PART II. Satellite Image Analysis and Interpretation; PART III. Satellite Soundings and Their Uses.

  7. The electromagnetic simulation of radar imaging of complicated satellites

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    Chen, Wenjing; Dong, Chunzhu; Huo, Chaoying; Ren, Hongmei

    2014-11-01

    Research on electromagnetic scattering from electrical large space target, random rough surface, and the composite model of space target and rough surface, has been more and more important in recent years. This paper presents studies of geometrical modeling, simulation of rough surface of satellites and analyzing of radar satellite image from scattering phenomenology. The Gaussian random fluctuation is adopted in the electromagnetic compute to simulate diffuse reflectance caused by rough surface of satellite. The efficient and accurate simulation of complicated satellites is realizable. Wide-band electromagnetic scattering characteristics which are obtained by this method could be used to analyze the information of structure and shape of satellites more accurately. It is important for imagery interpretation of space targets.

  8. Normalizing the causality between time series

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    Liang, X. San

    2015-08-01

    Recently, a rigorous yet concise formula was derived to evaluate information flow, and hence the causality in a quantitative sense, between time series. To assess the importance of a resulting causality, it needs to be normalized. The normalization is achieved through distinguishing a Lyapunov exponent-like, one-dimensional phase-space stretching rate and a noise-to-signal ratio from the rate of information flow in the balance of the marginal entropy evolution of the flow recipient. It is verified with autoregressive models and applied to a real financial analysis problem. An unusually strong one-way causality is identified from IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) to GE (General Electric Company) in their early era, revealing to us an old story, which has almost faded into oblivion, about "Seven Dwarfs" competing with a giant for the mainframe computer market.

  9. Using entropy to cut complex time series

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    Mertens, David; Poncela Casasnovas, Julia; Spring, Bonnie; Amaral, L. A. N.

    2013-03-01

    Using techniques from statistical physics, physicists have modeled and analyzed human phenomena varying from academic citation rates to disease spreading to vehicular traffic jams. The last decade's explosion of digital information and the growing ubiquity of smartphones has led to a wealth of human self-reported data. This wealth of data comes at a cost, including non-uniform sampling and statistically significant but physically insignificant correlations. In this talk I present our work using entropy to identify stationary sub-sequences of self-reported human weight from a weight management web site. Our entropic approach-inspired by the infomap network community detection algorithm-is far less biased by rare fluctuations than more traditional time series segmentation techniques. Supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute

  10. Fractal fluctuations in cardiac time series

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    West, B. J.; Zhang, R.; Sanders, A. W.; Miniyar, S.; Zuckerman, J. H.; Levine, B. D.; Blomqvist, C. G. (Principal Investigator)

    1999-01-01

    Human heart rate, controlled by complex feedback mechanisms, is a vital index of systematic circulation. However, it has been shown that beat-to-beat values of heart rate fluctuate continually over a wide range of time scales. Herein we use the relative dispersion, the ratio of the standard deviation to the mean, to show, by systematically aggregating the data, that the correlation in the beat-to-beat cardiac time series is a modulated inverse power law. This scaling property indicates the existence of long-time memory in the underlying cardiac control process and supports the conclusion that heart rate variability is a temporal fractal. We argue that the cardiac control system has allometric properties that enable it to respond to a dynamical environment through scaling.

  11. Normalizing the causality between time series.

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    Liang, X San

    2015-08-01

    Recently, a rigorous yet concise formula was derived to evaluate information flow, and hence the causality in a quantitative sense, between time series. To assess the importance of a resulting causality, it needs to be normalized. The normalization is achieved through distinguishing a Lyapunov exponent-like, one-dimensional phase-space stretching rate and a noise-to-signal ratio from the rate of information flow in the balance of the marginal entropy evolution of the flow recipient. It is verified with autoregressive models and applied to a real financial analysis problem. An unusually strong one-way causality is identified from IBM (International Business Machines Corporation) to GE (General Electric Company) in their early era, revealing to us an old story, which has almost faded into oblivion, about "Seven Dwarfs" competing with a giant for the mainframe computer market. PMID:26382363

  12. Scaling laws from geomagnetic time series

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    Voros, Z.; Kovacs, P.; Juhasz, A.; Kormendi, A.; Green, A.W.

    1998-01-01

    The notion of extended self-similarity (ESS) is applied here for the X - component time series of geomagnetic field fluctuations. Plotting nth order structure functions against the fourth order structure function we show that low-frequency geomagnetic fluctuations up to the order n = 10 follow the same scaling laws as MHD fluctuations in solar wind, however, for higher frequencies (f > l/5[h]) a clear departure from the expected universality is observed for n > 6. ESS does not allow to make an unambiguous statement about the non triviality of scaling laws in "geomagnetic" turbulence. However, we suggest to use higher order moments as promising diagnostic tools for mapping the contributions of various remote magnetospheric sources to local observatory data. Copyright 1998 by the American Geophysical Union.

  13. Multifractal analysis of polyalanines time series

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    Figueirêdo, P. H.; Nogueira, E.; Moret, M. A.; Coutinho, Sérgio

    2010-05-01

    Multifractal properties of the energy time series of short α-helix structures, specifically from a polyalanine family, are investigated through the MF-DFA technique ( multifractal detrended fluctuation analysis). Estimates for the generalized Hurst exponent h(q) and its associated multifractal exponents τ(q) are obtained for several series generated by numerical simulations of molecular dynamics in different systems from distinct initial conformations. All simulations were performed using the GROMOS force field, implemented in the program THOR. The main results have shown that all series exhibit multifractal behavior depending on the number of residues and temperature. Moreover, the multifractal spectra reveal important aspects of the time evolution of the system and suggest that the nucleation process of the secondary structures during the visits on the energy hyper-surface is an essential feature of the folding process.

  14. Managing distribution changes in time series prediction

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    Matias, J. M.; Gonzalez-Manteiga, W.; Taboada, J.; Ordonez, C.

    2006-07-01

    When a problem is modeled statistically, a single distribution model is usually postulated that is assumed to be valid for the entire space. Nonetheless, this practice may be somewhat unrealistic in certain application areas, in which the conditions of the process that generates the data may change; as far as we are aware, however, no techniques have been developed to tackle this problem.This article proposes a technique for modeling and predicting this change in time series with a view to improving estimates and predictions. The technique is applied, among other models, to the hypernormal distribution recently proposed. When tested on real data from a range of stock market indices the technique produces better results that when a single distribution model is assumed to be valid for the entire period of time studied.Moreover, when a global model is postulated, it is highly recommended to select the hypernormal distribution parameter in the same likelihood maximization process.

  15. Tremor classification and tremor time series analysis

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    Deuschl, Günther; Lauk, Michael; Timmer, Jens

    1995-03-01

    The separation between physiologic tremor (PT) in normal subjects and the pathological tremors of essential tremor (ET) or Parkinson's disease (PD) was investigated on the basis of monoaxial accelerometric recordings of 35 s hand tremor epochs. Frequency and amplitude were insufficient to separate between these conditions, except for the trivial distinction between normal and pathologic tremors that is already defined on the basis of amplitude. We found that waveform analysis revealed highly significant differences between normal and pathologic tremors, and, more importantly, among different forms of pathologic tremors. We found in our group of 25 patients with PT and 15 with ET a reasonable distinction with the third momentum and the time reversal invariance. A nearly complete distinction between these two conditions on the basis of the asymmetric decay of the autocorrelation function. We conclude that time series analysis can probably be developed into a powerful tool for the objective analysis of tremors.

  16. Wavelet Analysis of Satellite Images for Coastal Watch

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    Liu, Antony K.; Peng, Chich Y.; Chang, Steve Y.-S.

    1997-01-01

    The two-dimensional wavelet transform is a very efficient bandpass filter, which can be used to separate various scales of processes and show their relative phase/location. In this paper, algorithms and techniques for automated detection and tracking of mesoscale features from satellite imagery employing wavelet analysis are developed. The wavelet transform has been applied to satellite images, such as those from synthetic aperture radar (SAR), advanced very-high-resolution radiometer (AVHRR), and coastal zone color scanner (CZCS) for feature extraction. The evolution of mesoscale features such as oil slicks, fronts, eddies, and ship wakes can be tracked by the wavelet analysis using satellite data from repeating paths. Several examples of the wavelet analysis applied to various satellite Images demonstrate the feasibility of this technique for coastal monitoring.

  17. Hybrid perturbation methods based on statistical time series models

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    San-Juan, Juan Félix; San-Martín, Montserrat; Pérez, Iván; López, Rosario

    2016-04-01

    In this work we present a new methodology for orbit propagation, the hybrid perturbation theory, based on the combination of an integration method and a prediction technique. The former, which can be a numerical, analytical or semianalytical theory, generates an initial approximation that contains some inaccuracies derived from the fact that, in order to simplify the expressions and subsequent computations, not all the involved forces are taken into account and only low-order terms are considered, not to mention the fact that mathematical models of perturbations not always reproduce physical phenomena with absolute precision. The prediction technique, which can be based on either statistical time series models or computational intelligence methods, is aimed at modelling and reproducing missing dynamics in the previously integrated approximation. This combination results in the precision improvement of conventional numerical, analytical and semianalytical theories for determining the position and velocity of any artificial satellite or space debris object. In order to validate this methodology, we present a family of three hybrid orbit propagators formed by the combination of three different orders of approximation of an analytical theory and a statistical time series model, and analyse their capability to process the effect produced by the flattening of the Earth. The three considered analytical components are the integration of the Kepler problem, a first-order and a second-order analytical theories, whereas the prediction technique is the same in the three cases, namely an additive Holt-Winters method.

  18. A Multiscale Approach to InSAR Time Series Analysis

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    Hetland, E. A.; Muse, P.; Simons, M.; Lin, N.; Dicaprio, C. J.

    2010-12-01

    We present a technique to constrain time-dependent deformation from repeated satellite-based InSAR observations of a given region. This approach, which we call MInTS (Multiscale InSAR Time Series analysis), relies on a spatial wavelet decomposition to permit the inclusion of distance based spatial correlations in the observations while maintaining computational tractability. As opposed to single pixel InSAR time series techniques, MInTS takes advantage of both spatial and temporal characteristics of the deformation field. We use a weighting scheme which accounts for the presence of localized holes due to decorrelation or unwrapping errors in any given interferogram. We represent time-dependent deformation using a dictionary of general basis functions, capable of detecting both steady and transient processes. The estimation is regularized using a model resolution based smoothing so as to be able to capture rapid deformation where there are temporally dense radar acquisitions and to avoid oscillations during time periods devoid of acquisitions. MInTS also has the flexibility to explicitly parametrize known time-dependent processes that are expected to contribute to a given set of observations (e.g., co-seismic steps and post-seismic transients, secular variations, seasonal oscillations, etc.). We use cross validation to choose the regularization penalty parameter in the inversion of for the time-dependent deformation field. We demonstrate MInTS using a set of 63 ERS-1/2 and 29 Envisat interferograms for Long Valley Caldera.

  19. Time-Series Analysis of Supergranule Characterstics at Solar Minimum

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    Williams, Peter E.; Pesnell, W. Dean

    2013-01-01

    Sixty days of Doppler images from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) / Michelson Doppler Imager (MDI) investigation during the 1996 and 2008 solar minima have been analyzed to show that certain supergranule characteristics (size, size range, and horizontal velocity) exhibit fluctuations of three to five days. Cross-correlating parameters showed a good, positive correlation between supergranulation size and size range, and a moderate, negative correlation between size range and velocity. The size and velocity do exhibit a moderate, negative correlation, but with a small time lag (less than 12 hours). Supergranule sizes during five days of co-temporal data from MDI and the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) / Helioseismic Magnetic Imager (HMI) exhibit similar fluctuations with a high level of correlation between them. This verifies the solar origin of the fluctuations, which cannot be caused by instrumental artifacts according to these observations. Similar fluctuations are also observed in data simulations that model the evolution of the MDI Doppler pattern over a 60-day period. Correlations between the supergranule size and size range time-series derived from the simulated data are similar to those seen in MDI data. A simple toy-model using cumulative, uncorrelated exponential growth and decay patterns at random emergence times produces a time-series similar to the data simulations. The qualitative similarities between the simulated and the observed time-series suggest that the fluctuations arise from stochastic processes occurring within the solar convection zone. This behavior, propagating to surface manifestations of supergranulation, may assist our understanding of magnetic-field-line advection, evolution, and interaction.

  20. Geospatial Visualization of Global Satellite Images with Vis-EROS

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    Standart, G. D.; Stulken, K. R.; Zhang, Xuesong; Zong, Ziliang

    2011-04-13

    The Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center of U.S. Geological Survey is currently managing and maintaining the world largest satellite images distribution system, which provides 24/7 free download service for researchers all over the globe in many areas such as Geology, Hydrology, Climate Modeling, and Earth Sciences. A large amount of geospatial data contained in satellite images maintained by EROS is generated every day. However, this data is not well utilized due to the lack of efficient data visualization tools. This software implements a method for visualizing various characteristics of the global satellite image download requests. More specifically, Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files are generated which can be loaded into an earth browser such as Google Earth. Colored rectangles associated with stored satellite scenes are painted onto the earth browser; and the color and opacity of each rectangle is varied as a function of the popularity of the corresponding satellite image. An analysis of the geospatial information obtained relative to specified time constraints provides an ability to relate image download requests to environmental, political, and social events.

  1. Validating Long-term Consistency of MODIS EVI Time Series Using Ground-based Radiation Flux Data

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    Kato, A.; Miura, T.

    2014-12-01

    The Enhanced Vegetation Index (EVI) time series from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) has exceeded a decade in length. It is, thus, desirable to evaluate how well the time series captures inter-annual variability of vegetation phenology. Previous studies calculated a two-band version of the EVI (EVI2) from tower radiation flux data and used it to validate satellite VI time series. Differences in view angle, bandpass, and spatial representativeness between flux and satellite data, however, may lead to landcover-dependent biases when they are compared directly. The objective of this study was to validate long-term consistency of MODIS EVI time series with radiation flux-derived EVI2 time series by comparing phenological metrics derived from these datasets. Ten years of MODIS EVI and ground-based EVI2 (Tower EVI2) were obtained for 10 AmeriFlux sites. Asymmetric double logistic functions were fitted to each of VIs, from which SOSs were derived. After the Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization of the derived SOSs, the standard deviation (SD) in horizontal direction (inter-annual variability) was compared with SD in perpendicular direction (differences) to assess consistency of MODIS EVI in tracking vegetation dynamics. Temporal profiles of MODIS EVI showed analogous patterns with those of tower EVI2 across five biomes although site specific differences were seen in the VI amplitude. Cross plots of SOS from MODIS and Tower VIs closely aligned to the 1:1 line (slope > 0.865, R2>0.896). The SD in inter-annual variability (? 20 days) was more than twice larger than the SD of SOS difference averaged for five biomes (? 9 days). MODIS consistently captured SOSs with 2.7-4.9-day differences at deciduous broad leaf forest and clopland sites, and also agreed well at a wooded savanna site (< 6 days). Grassland sites showed more than a week difference due to a failure in model fitting of the year with subtle VI amplitude and the year with multiple growing seasons. These results indicate that MODIS EVI time series was capable to capture long-term variability in surface vegetation dynamics at four biomes other than arid grassland in North America. Further efforts on data screening and fitting on multiple growing seasons could improve results on arid grassland sites.

  2. On-Orbit Calibration of a Multi-Spectral Satellite Satellite Sensor Using a High Altitude Airborne Imaging Spectrometer

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    Green, R. O.; Shimada, M.

    1996-01-01

    Earth-looking satellites must be calibrated in order to quantitatively measure and monitor components of land, water and atmosphere of the Earth system. The inevitable change in performance due to the stress of satellite launch requires that the calibration of a satellite sensor be established and validated on-orbit. A new approach to on-orbit satellite sensor calibration has been developed using the flight of a high altitude calibrated airborne imaging spectrometer below a multi-spectral satellite sensor.

  3. Revealing glacier flow and surge dynamics from animated satellite image sequences: examples from the Karakoram

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    Paul, F.

    2015-11-01

    Although animated images are very popular on the internet, they have so far found only limited use for glaciological applications. With long time series of satellite images becoming increasingly available and glaciers being well recognized for their rapid changes and variable flow dynamics, animated sequences of multiple satellite images reveal glacier dynamics in a time-lapse mode, making the otherwise slow changes of glacier movement visible and understandable to the wider public. For this study, animated image sequences were created for four regions in the central Karakoram mountain range over a 25-year time period (1990-2015) from freely available image quick-looks of orthorectified Landsat scenes. The animations play automatically in a web browser and reveal highly complex patterns of glacier flow and surge dynamics that are difficult to obtain by other methods. In contrast to other regions, surging glaciers in the Karakoram are often small (10 km2 or less), steep, debris-free, and advance for several years to decades at relatively low annual rates (about 100 m a-1). These characteristics overlap with those of non-surge-type glaciers, making a clear identification difficult. However, as in other regions, the surging glaciers in the central Karakoram also show sudden increases of flow velocity and mass waves travelling down glacier. The surges of individual glaciers are generally out of phase, indicating a limited climatic control on their dynamics. On the other hand, nearly all other glaciers in the region are either stable or slightly advancing, indicating balanced or even positive mass budgets over the past few decades.

  4. Vehicle Detection and Classification from High Resolution Satellite Images

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    Abraham, L.; Sasikumar, M.

    2014-11-01

    In the past decades satellite imagery has been used successfully for weather forecasting, geographical and geological applications. Low resolution satellite images are sufficient for these sorts of applications. But the technological developments in the field of satellite imaging provide high resolution sensors which expands its field of application. Thus the High Resolution Satellite Imagery (HRSI) proved to be a suitable alternative to aerial photogrammetric data to provide a new data source for object detection. Since the traffic rates in developing countries are enormously increasing, vehicle detection from satellite data will be a better choice for automating such systems. In this work, a novel technique for vehicle detection from the images obtained from high resolution sensors is proposed. Though we are using high resolution images, vehicles are seen only as tiny spots, difficult to distinguish from the background. But we are able to obtain a detection rate not less than 0.9. Thereafter we classify the detected vehicles into cars and trucks and find the count of them.

  5. Trend Change Detection in NDVI Time Series: Effects of Inter-Annual Variability and Methodology

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    Forkel, Matthias; Carvalhais, Nuno; Verbesselt, Jan; Mahecha, Miguel D.; Neigh, Christopher S.R.; Reichstein, Markus

    2013-01-01

    Changing trends in ecosystem productivity can be quantified using satellite observations of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI). However, the estimation of trends from NDVI time series differs substantially depending on analyzed satellite dataset, the corresponding spatiotemporal resolution, and the applied statistical method. Here we compare the performance of a wide range of trend estimation methods and demonstrate that performance decreases with increasing inter-annual variability in the NDVI time series. Trend slope estimates based on annual aggregated time series or based on a seasonal-trend model show better performances than methods that remove the seasonal cycle of the time series. A breakpoint detection analysis reveals that an overestimation of breakpoints in NDVI trends can result in wrong or even opposite trend estimates. Based on our results, we give practical recommendations for the application of trend methods on long-term NDVI time series. Particularly, we apply and compare different methods on NDVI time series in Alaska, where both greening and browning trends have been previously observed. Here, the multi-method uncertainty of NDVI trends is quantified through the application of the different trend estimation methods. Our results indicate that greening NDVI trends in Alaska are more spatially and temporally prevalent than browning trends. We also show that detected breakpoints in NDVI trends tend to coincide with large fires. Overall, our analyses demonstrate that seasonal trend methods need to be improved against inter-annual variability to quantify changing trends in ecosystem productivity with higher accuracy.

  6. Ground-Truthing Moderate Resolution Satellite Imagery with Near-Surface Canopy Images in Hawai'i's Tropical Cloud Forests

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    Bergstrom, R.; Miura, T.; Lepczyk, C.; Giambelluca, T. W.; Nullet, M. A.; Nagai, S.

    2012-12-01

    Phenological studies are gaining importance globally as the onset of climate change is impacting the timing of green up and senescence in forest canopies and agricultural regions. Many studies use and analyze land surface phenology (LSP) derived from satellite vegetation index time series (VI's) such as those from Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) to monitor changes in phenological events. Seasonality is expected in deciduous temperate forests, while tropical regions are predicted to show more static reflectance readings given their stable and steady state. Due to persistent cloud cover and atmospheric interference in tropical regions, satellite VI time series are often subject to uncertainties and thus require near surface vegetation monitoring systems for ground-truthing. This study has been designed to assess the precision of MODIS phenological signatures using above-canopy, down-looking digital cameras installed on flux towers on the Island of Hawai'i. The cameras are part of the expanding Phenological Eyes Network (PEN) which has been implementing a global network of above-canopy, hemispherical digital cameras for forest and agricultural phenological monitoring. Cameras have been installed at two locations in Hawaii - one on a flux tower in close proximity to the Thurston Lave Tube (HVT) in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park and the other on a weather station in a section of the Hawaiian Tropical Experimental Forest in Laupaphoehoe (LEF). HVT consists primarily of a single canopy species, ohi'a lehua (Metrosideros polymorpha), with an understory of hapu'u ferns (Cibotium spp), while LEF is similarly comprised with an additional dominant species, Koa (Acacia Koa), included in the canopy structure. Given these species' characteristics, HVT is expected to show little seasonality, while LEF has the potential to deviate slightly during periods following dry and wet seasons. MODIS VI time series data are being analyzed and will be compared to images from the cameras which will have VI's extracted from their RGB image planes and will be normalized to be comparable with MODIS VI's. Given Hawai'i's susceptibility to invasion and delicacy of its endemic species, results from this study will provide necessary site specific detail in determining the reliability of satellite based inference in similar tropical phenology studies. Should satellite images provide adequate information, results from this study will allow for extrapolation across similar understudied tropical forests.

  7. Financial time series: A physics perspective

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    Gopikrishnan, Parameswaran; Plerou, Vasiliki; Amaral, Luis A. N.; Rosenow, Bernd; Stanley, H. Eugene

    2000-06-01

    Physicists in the last few years have started applying concepts and methods of statistical physics to understand economic phenomena. The word ``econophysics'' is sometimes used to refer to this work. One reason for this interest is the fact that Economic systems such as financial markets are examples of complex interacting systems for which a huge amount of data exist and it is possible that economic problems viewed from a different perspective might yield new results. This article reviews the results of a few recent phenomenological studies focused on understanding the distinctive statistical properties of financial time series. We discuss three recent results-(i) The probability distribution of stock price fluctuations: Stock price fluctuations occur in all magnitudes, in analogy to earthquakes-from tiny fluctuations to very drastic events, such as market crashes, eg., the crash of October 19th 1987, sometimes referred to as ``Black Monday''. The distribution of price fluctuations decays with a power-law tail well outside the Lévy stable regime and describes fluctuations that differ by as much as 8 orders of magnitude. In addition, this distribution preserves its functional form for fluctuations on time scales that differ by 3 orders of magnitude, from 1 min up to approximately 10 days. (ii) Correlations in financial time series: While price fluctuations themselves have rapidly decaying correlations, the magnitude of fluctuations measured by either the absolute value or the square of the price fluctuations has correlations that decay as a power-law and persist for several months. (iii) Correlations among different companies: The third result bears on the application of random matrix theory to understand the correlations among price fluctuations of any two different stocks. From a study of the eigenvalue statistics of the cross-correlation matrix constructed from price fluctuations of the leading 1000 stocks, we find that the largest 5-10% of the eigenvalues and the corresponding eigenvectors show systematic deviations from the predictions for a random matrix, whereas the rest of the eigenvalues conform to random matrix behavior-suggesting that these 5-10% of the eigenvalues contain system-specific information about correlated behavior. .

  8. Time series for blind biosignal classification model.

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    Wong, Derek F; Chao, Lidia S; Zeng, Xiaodong; Vai, Mang-I; Lam, Heng-Leong

    2014-11-01

    Biosignals such as electrocardiograms (ECG), electroencephalograms (EEG), and electromyograms (EMG), are important noninvasive measurements useful for making diagnostic decisions. Recently, considerable research has been conducted in order to potentially automate signal classification for assisting in disease diagnosis. However, the biosignal type (ECG, EEG, EMG or other) needs to be known prior to the classification process. If the given biosignal is of an unknown type, none of the existing methodologies can be utilized. In this paper, a blind biosignal classification model (B(2)SC Model) is proposed in order to identify the source biosignal type automatically, and thus ultimately benefit the diagnostic decision. The approach employs time series algorithms for constructing the model. It uses a dynamic time warping (DTW) algorithm with clustering to discover the similarity between two biosignals, and consequently classifies disease without prior knowledge of the source signal type. The empirical experiments presented in this paper demonstrate the effectiveness of the method as well as the scalability of the approach. PMID:25199847

  9. Jovian satellite positions from Hubble Space Telescope images

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    Mallama, Anthony; Aelion, Halley M.; Mallama, Celeste A.

    2004-02-01

    An accurate technique has been developed for measuring planetocentric positions of Jupiter's satellites from Wide Field/Planetary Camera images. Our method of finding the centers of the satellites and planet is based upon established limb-fitting techniques, but we have adapted those techniques to astrometry. We compare our limb-fitting results with previously published work and discuss its errors. A model ellipse is generated from the physical ephemeris of the planet including its phase defect. Then the planet center coordinates are computed by fitting the model to the limb observations using the method of least squares. A satellite position is determined similarly, and its offset from the planet is calculated. A total of 76 positions of the galileans satellites, the small moon Amalthea, and the shadows of Io and Ganymede cast on Jupiter have been measured on 61 images. Comparison between the observational results and JPL satellite ephemerides demonstrates the validity of this new method of analysis. The accuracy of the galilean satellite measurements is estimated to be 0.04 arcsec in right ascension and in declination.

  10. Annual dynamics of impervious surface in the Pearl River Delta, China, from 1988 to 2013, using time series Landsat imagery

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    Zhang, Lei; Weng, Qihao

    2016-03-01

    Information on impervious surface distribution and dynamics is useful for understanding urbanization and its impacts on hydrological cycle, water management, surface energy balances, urban heat island, and biodiversity. Numerous methods have been developed and successfully applied to estimate impervious surfaces. Previous methods of impervious surface estimation mainly focused on the spectral differences between impervious surfaces and other land covers. Moreover, the accuracy of estimation from single or multi-temporal images was often limited by the mixed pixel problem in coarse- or medium-resolution imagery or by the intra-class spectral variability problem in high resolution imagery. Time series satellite imagery provides potential to resolve the above problems as well as the spectral confusion with similar surface characteristics due to phenological change, inter-annual climatic variability, and long-term changes of vegetation. Since Landsat time series has a long record with an effective spatial resolution, this study aimed at estimating and mapping impervious surfaces by analyzing temporal spectral differences between impervious and pervious surfaces that were extracted from dense time series Landsat imagery. Specifically, this study developed an efficient method to extract annual impervious surfaces from time series Landsat data and applied it to the Pearl River Delta, southern China, from 1988 to 2013. The annual classification accuracy yielded from 71% to 91% for all classes, while the mapping accuracy of impervious surfaces ranged from 80.5% to 94.5%. Furthermore, it is found that the use of more than 50% of Scan Line Corrector (SLC)-off images after 2003 did not substantially reduced annual classification accuracy, which ranged from 78% to 91%. It is also worthy to note that more than 80% of classification accuracies were achieved in both 2002 and 2010 despite of more than 40% of cloud cover detected in these two years. These results suggested that the proposed method was effective and efficient in mapping impervious surfaces and detecting impervious surface changes by using temporal spectral differences from dense time series Landsat imagery. The value of full sampling was revealed for enhancing temporal resolution and identifying temporal differences between impervious and pervious surfaces in time series analysis.

  11. Surface reconstruction and landslide displacement measurements with Pléiades satellite images

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    Stumpf, A.; Malet, J.-P.; Allemand, P.; Ulrich, P.

    2014-09-01

    Recent advances in image-matching techniques and VHR satellite imaging at submeter resolution theoretically offer the possibility to measure Earth surface displacements with decimetric precision. However, this possibility has yet not been explored and requirements of ground control and external topographic datasets are considered as important bottlenecks that hinder a more common application of optical image correlation for displacement measurements. This article describes an approach combining spaceborne stereo-photogrammetry, orthorectification and sub-pixel image correlation to measure the horizontal surface displacement of landslides from Pléiades satellite images. The influence of the number of ground-control points on the accuracy of the image orientation, the extracted surface models and the estimated displacement rates is quantified through comparisons with airborne laser scan and in situ global navigation satellite measurements at permanent stations. The comparison shows a maximum error of 0.13 m which is one order of magnitude more accurate than what has been previously reported with spaceborne optical images from other sensors. The obtained results indicate that the approach can be applied without significant loss in accuracy when no ground control points are available. It could, therefore, greatly facilitate displacement measurements for a broad range of applications.

  12. AVHRR, MODIS and Landsat Time Series for the Monitoring of Vegetation Changes Around the World (Invited)

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    de Beurs, K.; Owsley, B.; Julian, J.; Henebry, G. M.

    2013-12-01

    A confluence of computing power, cost of storage, ease of access to data, and ease of product delivery make it possible to harness the power of multiple remote sensing data streams to monitor land surface dynamics. Change detection has always been a fundamental remote sensing task, and there are myriad ways to perceive differences. From a statistical viewpoint, image time series of the vegetated land surface are complicated data to analyze. The time series are often seasonal and have high temporal autocorrelation. These characteristics result in the failure of the data to meet the assumption of most standard parametric statistical tests. Failure of statistical assumptions is not trivial and the use of inappropriate statistical methods may lead to the detection of spurious trends, while any actual trends and/or step changes might be overlooked. While the analysis of messy data, which can be influenced by discontinuity, missing observation, non-linearity and seasonality, is still developing within the remote sensing community, other scientific research areas routinely encounter similar problems and have developed statistically appropriate ways to deal with them. In this talk we describe the process of change analysis as a sequence of tasks: (1) detection of changes; (2) quantification of changes; (3) assessment of changes; (4) attribution of changes; and (5) projection of the potential consequences of changes. To detect, quantify, and assess the significance of broad scale land surface changes, we will first apply the nonparametric Seasonal Kendall (SK) trend test corrected for first-order temporal autocorrelation to MODIS image time series. We will then discuss three case studies, situated in the USA, Russia, and New Zealand in which we combine or fuse satellite data at two spatial resolutions (30m Landsat and 500m MODIS) to assess and attribute changes at fine spatial and temporal scales. In the USA we will investigate changes as a result of urban development, in Russia we will map cropping intensity between 2002 and 2012 to get a better understanding of the activity occurring on arable lands. In New Zealand, we demonstrate a fused image product to detect fine temporal and spatial resolution disturbances in plantation forests and grazing lands.

  13. HJ-1-A/B optical satellite image geometric correction

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    Zhang, Wei; Wu, Wei; Cui, Yan; Wang, Wei

    2014-03-01

    Small satellite constellation of environment and disaster's monitoring and predicting (shorted for HJ-1) is not a mapping satellite, and its parameters of attitude and orbit cannot satisfy the requirement of geometric correction using strict imaging model. On the other hand, due to the 12000 CCD detectors and large overlay of multispectral payload named CCD carried by HJ-1 satellite, the error caused by CCD distortion cannot be ignored. Aiming at these problems of HJ-1, this paper proposes a strict orbit model algorithm based on Ground Control Point (GCP) and collinear condition equations. Through the robust estimation of parameters, this algorithm can effectively set up imaging geometric model of CCD, and satisfy the requirement of high precision geometric correction.

  14. Contour superresolved imaging of static ground targets using satellite platform.

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    Ilovitsh, Asaf; Zach, Shlomo; Zalevsky, Zeev

    2012-08-20

    We propose a method for increasing the contour resolution of static ground targets and to overcome the diffraction limit of an optical system installed on top of a satellite. The resolution improvement is obtained by using a sequence of low-resolution images taken from different angles realized by the movement of the satellite platform. The superresolving process is obtained by the generation of relative movement between the inspected object and the a priori known high-resolution background. The relative movement is caused because the images are taken from different angles. The captured set of low-resolution images are decoded by the a priori known high-resolution background obtained from a set of reference images taken only once by a high-resolution camera. The proposed concept is demonstrated via Matlab simulation and laboratory experiments. PMID:22907014

  15. A new adaptive image fusion technique for IKONOS satellite imagery

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    Choi, Jae Wan; Kim, Hye Jin; Ryu, Ki Yun; Kim, Yong Il

    2008-02-01

    Preservation of spectral information and the enhancement of spatial resolution are regarded as very important in satellite image fusion. In previous research, many algorithms simultaneously unsolved these problems, or needed experimental parameters to enhance fusion performance. This paper proposed a new fusion method based on fast intensity-huesaturation (FIHS) to merge a high-resolution panchromatic image with a low-resolution multispectral image. It is conducted by multiple regressions for generating synthetic image and statistical ratio-based image enhancement, which is presented as solving the spectral distortion and conserving the spatial information of the panchromatic image. IKONOS datasets were employed in the evaluation. The results showed that the proposed method was better than the widely used image fusion methods, including the FIHS-based method and the Pan Sharpening module in PCI Geomatica. We compared widely used algorithms with adaptive FIHS image fusion using various fusion quality Indexes such as ERGAS, RASE, correlation, and the Q4 index. The images obtained from the proposed algorithm present higher spectral and spatial quality than the results from using other fusion methods. Therefore, the proposed algorithm is very efficient for high-resolution satellite image fusion with an automatic process.

  16. Development of a rule-based algorithm for rice cultivation mapping using Landsat 8 time series

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    Karydas, Christos G.; Toukiloglou, Pericles; Minakou, Chara; Gitas, Ioannis Z.

    2015-06-01

    In the framework of ERMES project (FP7 66983), an algorithm for mapping rice cultivation extents using mediumhigh resolution satellite data was developed. ERMES (An Earth obseRvation Model based RicE information Service) aims to develop a prototype of downstream service for rice yield modelling based on a combination of Earth Observation and in situ data. The algorithm was designed as a set of rules applied on a time series of Landsat 8 images, acquired throughout the rice cultivation season of 2014 from the plain of Thessaloniki, Greece. The rules rely on the use of spectral indices, such as the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI), the Normalized Difference Water Index (NDWI), and the Normalized Seasonal Wetness Index (NSWI), extracted from the Landsat 8 dataset. The algorithm is subdivided into two phases: a) a hard classification phase, resulting in a binary map (rice/no-rice), where pixels are judged according to their performance in all the images of the time series, while index thresholds were defined after a trial and error approach; b) a soft classification phase, resulting in a fuzzy map, by assigning scores to the pixels which passed (as `rice') the first phase. Finally, a user-defined threshold of the fuzzy score will discriminate rice from no-rice pixels in the output map. The algorithm was tested in a subset of Thessaloniki plain against a set of selected field data. The results indicated an overall accuracy of the algorithm higher than 97%. The algorithm was also applied in a study are in Spain (Valencia) and a preliminary test indicated a similar performance, i.e. about 98%. Currently, the algorithm is being modified, so as to map rice extents early in the cultivation season (by the end of June), with a view to contribute more substantially to the rice yield prediction service of ERMES. Both algorithm modes (late and early) are planned to be tested in extra Mediterranean study areas, in Greece, Italy, and Spain.

  17. Transmission of linear regression patterns between time series: From relationship in time series to complex networks

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    Gao, Xiangyun; An, Haizhong; Fang, Wei; Huang, Xuan; Li, Huajiao; Zhong, Weiqiong; Ding, Yinghui

    2014-07-01

    The linear regression parameters between two time series can be different under different lengths of observation period. If we study the whole period by the sliding window of a short period, the change of the linear regression parameters is a process of dynamic transmission over time. We tackle fundamental research that presents a simple and efficient computational scheme: a linear regression patterns transmission algorithm, which transforms linear regression patterns into directed and weighted networks. The linear regression patterns (nodes) are defined by the combination of intervals of the linear regression parameters and the results of the significance testing under different sizes of the sliding window. The transmissions between adjacent patterns are defined as edges, and the weights of the edges are the frequency of the transmissions. The major patterns, the distance, and the medium in the process of the transmission can be captured. The statistical results of weighted out-degree and betweenness centrality are mapped on timelines, which shows the features of the distribution of the results. Many measurements in different areas that involve two related time series variables could take advantage of this algorithm to characterize the dynamic relationships between the time series from a new perspective.

  18. An Imaging System for Satellite Hypervelocity Impact Debris Characterization

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    Moraguez, Matthew; Patankar, Kunal; Fitz-Coy, Norman; Liou, J.-C.; Cowardin, Heather

    2015-01-01

    This paper discusses the design of an automated imaging system for size characterization of debris produced by the DebriSat hypervelocity impact test. The goal of the DebriSat project is to update satellite breakup models. A representative LEO satellite, DebriSat, was constructed and subjected to a hypervelocity impact test. The impact produced an estimated 85,000 debris fragments. The size distribution of these fragments is required to update the current satellite breakup models. An automated imaging system was developed for the size characterization of the debris fragments. The system uses images taken from various azimuth and elevation angles around the object to produce a 3D representation of the fragment via a space carving algorithm. The system consists of N point-and-shoot cameras attached to a rigid support structure that defines the elevation angle for each camera. The debris fragment is placed on a turntable that is incrementally rotated to desired azimuth angles. The number of images acquired can be varied based on the desired resolution. Appropriate background and lighting is used for ease of object detection. The system calibration and image acquisition process are automated to result in push-button operations. However, for quality assurance reasons, the system is semi-autonomous by design to ensure operator involvement. This paper describes the imaging system setup, calibration procedure, repeatability analysis, and the results of the debris characterization.

  19. Evaluating fusion techniques for multi-sensor satellite image data

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    Martin, Benjamin W; Vatsavai, Raju

    2013-01-01

    Satellite image data fusion is a topic of interest in many areas including environmental monitoring, emergency response, and defense. Typically any single satellite sensor cannot provide all of the benefits offered by a combination of different sensors (e.g., high-spatial but low spectral resolution vs. low-spatial but high spectral, optical vs. SAR). Given the respective strengths and weaknesses of the different types of image data, it is beneficial to fuse many types of image data to extract as much information as possible from the data. Our work focuses on the fusion of multi-sensor image data into a unified representation that incorporates the potential strengths of a sensor in order to minimize classification error. Of particular interest is the fusion of optical and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images into a single, multispectral image of the best possible spatial resolution. We explore various methods to optimally fuse these images and evaluate the quality of the image fusion by using K-means clustering to categorize regions in the fused images and comparing the accuracies of the resulting categorization maps.

  20. Detection of cavity migration risks using radar interferometric time series

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    Chang, L.; Hanssen, R. F.

    2012-12-01

    The upward migration of near-surface underground cavities can pose a major hazard for people and infrastructure. Being the major cause of sudden collapse-sinkholes, or causing a sudden lack of support of building foundations, a migrating cavity can cause the collapse of buildings, water defense systems, drainage of water bodies, or transport infrastructure. Cavity migration can occur naturally, e.g. in karst-massifs, but could also be caused by anthropogenic activities such as mining. The chief difficulty in the assessment of sinkhole risk is the lack of prior knowledge on the location of the cavity. Although in situ measurements such as gravimetry, seismic or EM-surveying or GPR are in principle able to detect an underground void, it is generally not economically possible to use these techniques over vast areas. Moreover, the risk of casualties is highest for urbanized areas, in which it is difficult to get close enough to perform these measurements. The second problem is that there is usually no data available prior to the collapse, to understand whether there is for example precursory motion, and how far ahead in time critical levels can be detected. Here we report on the catastrophic collapse of the foundation of an underground parking garage in Heerlen, the Netherlands. In December 2011, some pillars supporting the roof of the garage and the shopping mall above it suddenly subsided more than one meter. This caused the near collapse of a part of the shopping mall, the immediate evacuation of the building, and the decision of the authorities to eliminate the building. In the analysis of the event, several hypotheses were formulated on the driving mechanisms, such as subsurface water flows and karst. However, as the region was subject to coal mining in the last century, alternative hypotheses were cavity migration due to the mining, or rebound of the surface due to mine water. Our study jointly exploits the data archives of four imaging radar satellites, ERS-1, ERS-2, Envisat, and Radarsat-2, to investigate the dynamics (deformation) of the area. In particular we show, for the first time, shear-stress change distribution patterns within the structure of a building, over a period of close to 20 years. Time series analysis shows that deformation rates of ~4 mm/a could be detected for about 18 years, followed by a dramatic increase of up to 20 mm/a in the last period. These results imply that the driving mechanisms of the 2011 catastrophe have a very long lead time and are therefore likely due to a long-lasting gradual motion, such as the upward migration of a cavity. The analysis shows the collocation of the deformation location with relatively shallow near-horizontal mine shafts, suggesting that cavity migration has a high likelihood to be the driving mechanism of the collapse-sinkhole.

  1. Hydroxyl time series and recirculation in turbulent nonpremixed swirling flames

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    Guttenfelder, Walter A.; Laurendeau, Normand M.; Ji, Jun; King, Galen B.; Gore, Jay P.; Renfro, Michael W.

    2006-10-15

    Time-series measurements of OH, as related to accompanying flow structures, are reported using picosecond time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence (PITLIF) and particle-imaging velocimetry (PIV) for turbulent, swirling, nonpremixed methane-air flames. The [OH] data portray a primary reaction zone surrounding the internal recirculation zone, with residual OH in the recirculation zone approaching chemical equilibrium. Modeling of the OH electronic quenching environment, when compared to fluorescence lifetime measurements, offers additional evidence that the reaction zone burns as a partially premixed flame. A time-series analysis affirms the presence of thin flamelet-like regions based on the relation between swirl-induced turbulence and fluctuations of [OH] in the reaction and recirculation zones. The OH integral time-scales are found to correspond qualitatively to local mean velocities. Furthermore, quantitative dependencies can be established with respect to axial position, Reynolds number, and global equivalence ratio. Given these relationships, the OH time-scales, and thus the primary reaction zone, appear to be dominated by convection-driven fluctuations. Surprisingly, the OH time-scales for these nominally swirling flames demonstrate significant similarities to previous PITLIF results in nonpremixed jet flames. (author)

  2. High spatial resolution water level time series in the Florida Everglades wetlands using multi-track ALOS PALSAR data

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    Hong, S.; Wdowinski, S.

    2013-05-01

    Wetland InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar) observations provide very high-resolution maps of water level changes that cannot be obtained by any terrestrial technique. We recently developed the Small Temporal Baseline Subset (STBAS) approach, which combines single-track InSAR and stage (water level) observations to generate high-resolution absolute water level time series maps. However, the temporal resolution of produced time series is coarse compared with in-situ stage observation and, hence, the usefulness of these maps is rather limited. To compensate for the low temporal resolution weakness of space-based water level time series, we propose using a multi-track STBAS technique, which utilizes all available Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) observations acquired over a certain wetland area. We use a four-year long L-band ALOS PALSAR dataset acquired during 2007-2011 to test the proposed method over the Water Conservation Area 1 (WCA1) in the Everglades wetlands, south Florida (USA). A total of 37 images acquired with four tracks were collected. Daily water level data at 12 stage stations, which are monitored by the Everglades Depth Estimation Network (EDEN) in WCA1 area, were used to calibrate the InSAR-derived water level data. The proposed multi-track approach yielded a significant improvement of temporal resolution, which is dependent on the SAR satellite revisit cycle. Instead of the 46-day repeat orbit of ALOS, the multi-track method produces water level maps with temporal resolution of only 7 days. A quality control analysis of the methods indicates that the average root mean square error (RMSE) of the differences between stage water level and retrieved water level by InSAR technique is 4.0 cm. The end products of absolute water level time series with improved temporal and very high spatial resolutions can be used as excellent constraints for high-resolution wetland flow models. Furthermore, the next generation of SAR satellites has been designed with shorter revisit cycles, which will provide temporally denser maps of water level changes. Fig. 1. Comparison between stage (solid line) and InSAR (circle: 148 track, cross: 149 track, diamond: 464 track and square: 465 track) determined water level time series.

  3. Orthorectification model research of Beijing-1 small satellite image

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    Gong, Jianming; Yang, Xiaomei; Zhou, Chenghu; Zhang, Dandan

    2007-06-01

    Beijing-1 small satellite was launched Oct.27 2005 and has taken part in the plan of China high-performance earth observation after finishing on-orbit test period. Two kinds of sensors were carried on the satellite. One is 3-band multi-spectral senor whose spatial resolution was 32m, the other panchromatic sensor whose spatial resolution was 4m. In order to ensure truly utility for small satellite data, preliminary deep processing system had been developed for receiving, preprocessing, and data-distribution. Meanwhile, several key questions must be deal with including radiometric calibration, geometric precise rectification, orthographic rectification, image fusion and application demonstration. The paper will focus on the works of the second part including RPC orthographic rectification model and how to optimize algorithms of orthographic rectification which consider the feature of 4m high spatial resolution. RFM is a generalized sensor model, which uses RPC parameters to perform orthographic rectification in no need of orbit parameters and sensor imaging parameters. It is independent on sensors or platforms and supports any object space coordinate system with a variable coordinate system. Compared to linear transformation and polynomial transform, RFM has the highest positioning accuracy. Because RPC is determined by applying the least squares principle to GCP data, approximate error can be evenly distributed through RFM rectification. Based on the experiment on the Beijing-1 high resolution small satellite data using RFM and improved RFM, a generalized model of orthographic rectification of high resolution small satellite data can be developed. The experiment proves: Using second-order improved RFM to rectify the Beijing-1 small satellite image has a sub-pixel positioning accuracy that is close to the accuracy of the rigorous sensor model based on the collinearity equation when the GCPs are evenly distributed.

  4. Eyjafjallajökull Magma Monitoring From Time Series Data of TerraSAR-X

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    Martins, J. C.; Spaans, K.; Hooper, A. J.; Sigmundsson, F.; Feigl, K.

    2010-12-01

    The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano and the resulting ash cloud highlights the need for research on Icelandic volcanoes. While most of the interest was sparked by the closure of air space over much of Europe, the potentially life-threatening consequences for the people living in the area directly beneath the volcano alone are incentive enough to better understand volcanic processes. Katla volcano is directly adjacent to Eyjafjallajökull volcano, and historically has been more active and produced larger eruptions. The consequences of an eruption at Katla could therefore be much more severe than those witnessed this spring at Eyjafjallajökull. Timely prediction of an impending eruption would greatly reduce the severity of these consequences, which is one of the ultimate goals of volcanic research. After a period of quiescence since a sill intrusion in 1999-2000, a subtle deformation signal was again detected at Eyjafjallajökull, beginning in the summer of 2009, at a continuous GPS station on the southern flank. We immediately began tasking the TerraSAR-X satellite to acquire SAR images every 11 days, giving a time series of SAR images prior to the eruption with unprecedented temporal sampling (although interrupted by snow during the winter). Here we present the results of InSAR time series analysis of this data set. After correcting for DEM errors and reduction of atmospheric signal we find a number of signals that we tentatively interpret as a combination of magma movement, elastic response to snow melting and landsliding.. The mean velocities from June 2009 to February 2010 show a subsidence pattern in the southeastern part of the volcano flanks and uplift in the southwest. However, such a different deformation signal between two areas so close could also imply atmospheric, topographic or phase unwrapping errors. To assess the contribution to the deformation signal from these possible error sources, we examined time series of displacements during this period for various areas. The results show a largely linear behavior between nearby areas from 18th June 2009 to 04 February 2010, followed by an excursion in the deformation signal during 17th October 2009. Significantly, the signal is smooth in time, implying that it is not due to atmospheric contamination. The deformation seems consistent with the continuous GPS station THEY, and can indeed indicate magma migration. However, further work is required to reliably separate out the deformation signals that are not related to volcanic processes.

  5. Unsupervised Feature Learning for High-Resolution Satellite Image Classification

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    Cheriyadat, Anil M

    2013-01-01

    The rich data provided by high-resolution satellite imagery allow us to directly model geospatial neighborhoods by understanding their spatial and structural patterns. In this paper we explore an unsupervised feature learning approach to model geospatial neighborhoods for classification purposes. While pixel and object based classification approaches are widely used for satellite image analysis, often these approaches exploit the high-fidelity image data in a limited way. In this paper we extract low-level features to characterize the local neighborhood patterns. We exploit the unlabeled feature measurements in a novel way to learn a set of basis functions to derive new features. The derived sparse feature representation obtained by encoding the measured features in terms of the learned basis function set yields superior classification performance. We applied our technique on two challenging image datasets: ORNL dataset representing one-meter spatial resolution satellite imagery representing five land-use categories and, UCMERCED dataset consisting of 21 different categories representing sub-meter resolution overhead imagery. Our results are highly promising and, in the case of UCMERCED dataset we outperform the best results obtained for this dataset. We show that our feature extraction and learning methods are highly effective in developing a detection system that can be used to automatically scan large-scale high-resolution satellite imagery for detecting large-facility.

  6. Mapping giant salvinia with satellite imagery and image analysis.

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    Everitt, J H; Fletcher, R S; Elder, H S; Yang, C

    2008-04-01

    QuickBird multispectral satellite imagery was evaluated for distinguishing giant salvinia (Salvinia molesta Mitchell) in a large reservoir in east Texas. The imagery had four bands (blue, green, red, and near-infrared) and contained 11-bit data. Color-infrared (green, red, and near-infrared bands), normal color (blue, green and red bands), and four-band composite (blue, green, red, and near-infrared bands) images were studied. Unsupervised image analysis was used to classify the imagery. Accuracy assessments performed on the classification maps of the three composite images had producer's and user's accuracies for giant salvinia ranging from 87.8 to 93.5%. Color-infrared, normal color, and four-band satellite imagery were excellent for distinguishing giant salvinia in a complex field habitat. PMID:17516139

  7. Feature detection in satellite images using neural network technology

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    Augusteijn, Marijke F.; Dimalanta, Arturo S.

    1992-01-01

    A feasibility study of automated classification of satellite images is described. Satellite images were characterized by the textures they contain. In particular, the detection of cloud textures was investigated. The method of second-order gray level statistics, using co-occurrence matrices, was applied to extract feature vectors from image segments. Neural network technology was employed to classify these feature vectors. The cascade-correlation architecture was successfully used as a classifier. The use of a Kohonen network was also investigated but this architecture could not reliably classify the feature vectors due to the complicated structure of the classification problem. The best results were obtained when data from different spectral bands were fused.

  8. Identification of geostationary satellites using polarization data from unresolved images

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    Speicher, Andy

    In order to protect critical military and commercial space assets, the United States Space Surveillance Network must have the ability to positively identify and characterize all space objects. Unfortunately, positive identification and characterization of space objects is a manual and labor intensive process today since even large telescopes cannot provide resolved images of most space objects. Since resolved images of geosynchronous satellites are not technically feasible with current technology, another method of distinguishing space objects was explored that exploits the polarization signature from unresolved images. The objective of this study was to collect and analyze visible-spectrum polarization data from unresolved images of geosynchronous satellites taken over various solar phase angles. Different collection geometries were used to evaluate the polarization contribution of solar arrays, thermal control materials, antennas, and the satellite bus as the solar phase angle changed. Since materials on space objects age due to the space environment, it was postulated that their polarization signature may change enough to allow discrimination of identical satellites launched at different times. The instrumentation used in this experiment was a United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) Department of Physics system that consists of a 20-inch Ritchey-Chretien telescope and a dual focal plane optical train fed with a polarizing beam splitter. A rigorous calibration of the system was performed that included corrections for pixel bias, dark current, and response. Additionally, the two channel polarimeter was calibrated by experimentally determining the Mueller matrix for the system and relating image intensity at the two cameras to Stokes parameters S0 and S1. After the system calibration, polarization data was collected during three nights on eight geosynchronous satellites built by various manufacturers and launched several years apart. Three pairs of the eight satellites were identical buses to determine if identical buses could be correctly differentiated. When Stokes parameters were plotted against time and solar phase angle, the data indicates that there were distinguishing features in S0 (total intensity) and S1 (linear polarization) that may lead to positive identification or classification of each satellite.

  9. Quantifying intra and inter-annual variation of MODIS derived leaf area index time-series 2000-2008

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    Lanorte, A.; de Santis, F.; Lasaponara, R.

    2009-04-01

    The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) is a key instrument aboard NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites. Terra MODIS and Aqua MODIS image the entire Earth's surface every one to two days and provide vital information for global-change research. MODIS derived leaf area index (LAI) is an important parameter for describing vegetation canopy structure in the terrestrial ecosystem on the global, continental, and regional scales. In this study we analyse intra and inter-annual variation of MODIS derived leaf area index time-series 2000-2008 data for Mediterranean ecosystems of Southern Italy. The objective is to explore seasonal trends in the phenology of southern Italy woodlands and shrublands and inter-annual long-term variations related to plant's photosynthesis process or growth status.

  10. Approximate Entropies for Stochastic Time Series and EKG Time Series of Patients with Epilepsy and Pseudoseizures

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    Vyhnalek, Brian; Zurcher, Ulrich; O'Dwyer, Rebecca; Kaufman, Miron

    2009-10-01

    A wide range of heart rate irregularities have been reported in small studies of patients with temporal lobe epilepsy [TLE]. We hypothesize that patients with TLE display cardiac dysautonomia in either a subclinical or clinical manner. In a small study, we have retrospectively identified (2003-8) two groups of patients from the epilepsy monitoring unit [EMU] at the Cleveland Clinic. No patients were diagnosed with cardiovascular morbidities. The control group consisted of patients with confirmed pseudoseizures and the experimental group had confirmed right temporal lobe epilepsy through a seizure free outcome after temporal lobectomy. We quantified the heart rate variability using the approximate entropy [ApEn]. We found similar values of the ApEn in all three states of consciousness (awake, sleep, and proceeding seizure onset). In the TLE group, there is some evidence for greater variability in the awake than in either the sleep or proceeding seizure onset. Here we present results for mathematically-generated time series: the heart rate fluctuations ? follow the ? statistics i.e., p(?)=?-1(k) ?^k exp(-?). This probability function has well-known properties and its Shannon entropy can be expressed in terms of the ?-function. The parameter k allows us to generate a family of heart rate time series with different statistics. The ApEn calculated for the generated time series for different values of k mimic the properties found for the TLE and pseudoseizure group. Our results suggest that the ApEn is an effective tool to probe differences in statistics of heart rate fluctuations.

  11. High temperature superconducting infrared imaging satellite

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    Angus, B.; Covelli, J.; Davinic, N.; Hailey, J.; Jones, E.; Ortiz, V.; Racine, J.; Satterwhite, D.; Spriesterbach, T.; Sorensen, D.

    1992-01-01

    A low earth orbiting platform for an infrared (IR) sensor payload is examined based on the requirements of a Naval Research Laboratory statement of work. The experiment payload is a 1.5-meter square by 0.5-meter high cubic structure equipped with the imaging system, radiators, and spacecraft mounting interface. The orbit is circular at 509 km (275 nmi) altitude and 70 deg. inclination. The spacecraft is three-axis stabilized with pointing accuracy of plus or minus 0.5 deg. in each axis. The experiment payload requires two 15-minute sensing periods over two contiguous orbit periods for 30 minutes of sensing time per day. The spacecraft design is presented for launch via a Delta 2 rocket. Subsystem designs include attitude control, propulsion, electric power, telemetry, tracking and command, thermal design, structure, and cost analysis.

  12. A 45-year time series of Saharan dune mobility from remote sensing

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    Vermeesch, P.

    2012-04-01

    Decadal trends in the aeolian dust record of the Sahara affect the global climate system and the nutrient budget of the Atlantic Ocean. One proposed cause of these trends are changes in the frequency and intensity of dust storms, which have hitherto been hard to quantify. Because sand flux scales with the cube of wind speed, dune migration rates can be used as a proxy for storminess. Relative changes in the storminess of the Sahara can thus be monitored by tracking the migration rates of individual sand dunes over time. The Bodélé Depression of northern Chad was selected as a target area for this method, because it is the most important point-source of aeolian dust on the planet and features the largest and fastest dunes on Earth. A collection of co-registered Landsat, SPOT, and ASTER scenes, combined with declassified American spy satellite images was used to construct a 45 year record of dune migration in the Bodélé Depression. One unexpected outcome of the study was the observation of binary dune interactions in the imagery sequence, which reveals that when two barchan dunes collide, a transfer of mass occurs so that one dune appears to travel through the other unscathed, like a solitary wave. This confirms a controversial numerical model prediction and settles a decade-old debate in aeolian geomorphology. The COSI-Corr change detection method was used to measure the dune migration rates from 1984 until 1987, 1990, 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. An algorithm was developed to automatically warp the resulting displacement fields back to a common point in time. Thus, individual image pixels of a dune field were tracked over time, allowing the extraction of a time series from the co-registered satellite images without further human intervention. The automated analysis was extended further back into the past by comparison of the 1984 image with declassified American spy satellite (Corona) images from 1965 and 1970. Due to the presence of specks of dust as well as image distortions caused by shrinking of the photographic film, it was not possible to automatically measure the dune displacements of these scenes with COSI-Corr. Instead, the image was georeferenced and coregistered to the 1984 Landsat imagery by third order polynomial fits to 531 tie points, and the displacements of ten large barchan dunes were measured by hand. Thanks to the 19-year time lapse between the two images used for these 'analog' measurements, their precision is better than 5%, which is comparable with that of the automated COSI-Corr analysis. The resulting dune celerities are identical to the automated measurements, which themselves show little or no temporal variability over the subsequent 26 years. The lack of any trend in the time series of dune celerity paints a picture of remarkably stable dune mobility over the past 45 years. None of the distributions fall outside the overall average of 25m/yr. The constant dune migration rates resulting from our study indicate that there has been no change in the storminess of the Sahara over the past 45 years. The observed dust trends are therefore caused by changes in vegetation cover, which in turn reflect changes in precipitation and land usage. This work highlights the importance of the hyper-arid Bodélé Depression, which provides a steady but finite supply of aeolian dust to the atmosphere without which nutrient fluxes and terrestrial albedo would be more variable than they are today.

  13. Mapping cropland-use intensity across Europe using MODIS NDVI time series

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    Estel, Stephan; Kuemmerle, Tobias; Levers, Christian; Baumann, Matthias; Hostert, Patrick

    2016-02-01

    Global agricultural production will likely need to increase in the future due to population growth, changing diets, and the rising importance of bioenergy. Intensifying already existing cropland is often considered more sustainable than converting more natural areas. Unfortunately, our understanding of cropping patterns and intensity is weak, especially at broad geographic scales. We characterized and mapped cropping systems in Europe, a region containing diverse cropping systems, using four indicators: (a) cropping frequency (number of cropped years), (b) multi-cropping (number of harvests per year), (c) fallow cycles, and (d) crop duration ratio (actual time under crops) based on the MODIS Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) time series from 2000 to 2012. Second, we used these cropping indicators and self-organizing maps to identify typical cropping systems. The resulting six clusters correspond well with other indicators of agricultural intensity (e.g., nitrogen input, yields) and reveal substantial differences in cropping intensity across Europe. Cropping intensity was highest in Germany, Poland, and the eastern European Black Earth regions, characterized by high cropping frequency, multi-cropping and a high crop duration ratio. Contrarily, we found lowest cropping intensity in eastern Europe outside the Black Earth region, characterized by longer fallow cycles. Our approach highlights how satellite image time series can help to characterize spatial patterns in cropping intensity—information that is rarely surveyed on the ground and commonly not included in agricultural statistics: our clustering approach also shows a way forward to reduce complexity when measuring multiple indicators. The four cropping indicators we used could become part of continental-scale agricultural monitoring in order to identify target regions for sustainable intensification, where trade-offs between intensification and the environmental should be explored.

  14. High-Resolution Imaging of Asteroids/Satellites with AO

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    Merline, William

    2012-02-01

    We propose to make high-resolution observations of asteroids using AO, to measure size, shape, and pole position (spin vectors), and/or to search for satellites. We have demonstrated that AO imaging allows determination of the pole/dimensions in 1 or 2 nights on a single target, rather than the years of observations with lightcurve inversion techniques that only yield poles and axial ratios, not true dimensions. Our new technique (KOALA) combines AO imaging with lightcurve and occultation data for optimum size/shape determinations. We request that LGS be available for faint targets, but using NGS AO, we will measure several large and intermediate asteroids that are favorably placed in spring/summer of 2012 for size/shape/pole. Accurately determining the volume from the often-irregular shape allows us to derive densities to much greater precision in cases where the mass is known, e.g., from the presence of a satellite. We will search several d! ozen asteroids for the presence of satellites, particularly in under-studied populations, particularly NEOs (we have recently achieved the first-ever optical image of an NEO binary [Merline et al. 2008b, IAUC 8977]). Satellites provide a real-life lab for testing collisional models. We will search for satellites around special objects at the request of lightcurve observers, and we will make a search for debris in the vicinity of Pluto, in support of the New Horizons mission. Our shape/size work requires observations over most of a full rotation period (typically several hours).

  15. Two satellite image sets for the training and validation of image processing systems for defense applications

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    Peterson, Michael R.; Aldridge, Shawn; Herzog, Britny; Moore, Frank

    2010-04-01

    Many image processing algorithms utilize the discrete wavelet transform (DWT) to provide efficient compression and near-perfect reconstruction of image data. Defense applications often require the transmission of data at high levels of compression over noisy channels. In recent years, evolutionary algorithms (EAs) have been utilized to optimize image transform filters that outperform standard wavelets for bandwidth-constrained compression of satellite images. The optimization of these filters requires the use of training images appropriately chosen for the image processing system's intended applications. This paper presents two robust sets of fifty images each intended for the training and validation of satellite and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) reconnaissance image processing algorithms. Each set consists of a diverse range of subjects consisting of cities, airports, military bases, and landmarks representative of the types of images that may be captured during reconnaissance missions. Optimized algorithms may be "overtrained" for a specific problem instance and thus exhibit poor performance over a general set of data. To reduce the risk of overtraining an image filter, we evaluate the suitability of each image as a training image. After evolving filters using each image, we assess the average compression performance of each filter across the entire set of images. We thus identify a small subset of images from each set that provide strong performance as training images for the image transform optimization problem. These images will also provide a suitable platform for the development of other algorithms for defense applications. The images are available upon request from the contact author.

  16. On studying relations between time series in climatology

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    Privalsky, V.

    2015-04-01

    In climatology, relationships between time series are often studied on the basis of crosscorrelation coefficients and regression equations. This approach is generally incorrect for time series irrespective of the crosscorrelation coefficient value because relations between time series are frequency-dependent. Multivariate time series should be analyzed in both time and frequency domains, including fitting a parametric (preferably, autoregressive) stochastic difference equation to the time series and then calculating functions of frequency such as spectra and coherent spectra, coherences, and frequency response functions. The example with a bivariate time series "Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) - sea surface temperature in Niño area 3.4 (SST3.4)" proves that even when the crosscorrelation is low, the time series' components can be closely related to each other. A full time and frequency domain description of this bivariate time series is given. The AMO - SST3.4 time series is shown to form a closed feedback loop system. The coherence between AMO and SST3.4 is statistically significant at intermediate frequencies where the coherent spectra amount up to 55% of the total spectral densities. The gain factors are also described. Some recommendations are offered regarding time series analysis in climatology.

  17. On studying relations between time series in climatology

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    Privalsky, V.

    2015-06-01

    Relationships between time series are often studied on the basis of cross-correlation coefficients and regression equations. This approach is generally incorrect for time series, irrespective of the cross-correlation coefficient value, because relations between time series are frequency-dependent. Multivariate time series should be analyzed in both time and frequency domains, including fitting a parametric (preferably, autoregressive) stochastic difference equation to the time series and then calculating functions of frequency such as spectra and coherent spectra, coherences, and frequency response functions. The example with a bivariate time series "Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) - sea surface temperature in Niño area 3.4 (SST3.4)" proves that even when the cross correlation is low, the time series' components can be closely related to each other. A full time and frequency domain description of this bivariate time series is given. The AMO-SST3.4 time series is shown to form a closed-feedback loop system with a 2-year memory. The coherence between AMO and SST3.4 is statistically significant at intermediate frequencies where the coherent spectra amount up to 55 % of the total spectral densities. The gain factors are also described. Some recommendations are offered regarding time series analysis in climatology.

  18. Graph - Based High Resolution Satellite Image Segmentation for Object Recognition

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    Ravali, K.; Kumar, M. V. Ravi; Venugopala Rao, K.

    2014-11-01

    Object based image processing and analysis is challenging research in very high resolution satellite utilisation. Commonly ei ther pixel based classification or visual interpretation is used to recognize and delineate land cover categories. The pixel based classification techniques use rich spectral content of satellite images and fail to utilise spatial relations. To overcome th is drawback, traditional time consuming visual interpretation methods are being used operational ly for preparation of thematic maps. This paper addresses computational vision principles to object level image segmentation. In this study, computer vision algorithms are developed to define the boundary between two object regions and segmentation by representing image as graph. Image is represented as a graph G (V, E), where nodes belong to pixels and, edges (E) connect nodes belonging to neighbouring pixels. The transformed Mahalanobis distance has been used to define a weight function for partition of graph into components such that each component represents the region of land category. This implies that edges between two vertices in the same component have relatively low weights and edges between vertices in different components should have higher weights. The derived segments are categorised to different land cover using supervised classification. The paper presents the experimental results on real world multi-spectral remote sensing images of different landscapes such as Urban, agriculture and mixed land cover. Graph construction done in C program and list the run time for both graph construction and segmentation calculation on dual core Intel i7 system with 16 GB RAM, running 64bit window 7.

  19. Optimized satellite image compression and reconstruction via evolution strategies

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    Babb, Brendan; Moore, Frank; Peterson, Michael

    2009-05-01

    This paper describes the automatic discovery, via an Evolution Strategy with Covariance Matrix Adaptation (CMA-ES), of vectors of real-valued coefficients representing matched forward and inverse transforms that outperform the 9/7 Cohen-Daubechies-Feauveau (CDF) discrete wavelet transform (DWT) for satellite image compression and reconstruction under conditions subject to quantization error. The best transform evolved during this study reduces the mean squared error (MSE) present in reconstructed satellite images by an average of 33.78% (1.79 dB), while maintaining the average information entropy (IE) of compressed images at 99.57% in comparison to the wavelet. In addition, this evolved transform achieves 49.88% (3.00 dB) average MSE reduction when tested on 80 images from the FBI fingerprint test set, and 42.35% (2.39 dB) average MSE reduction when tested on a set of 18 digital photographs, while achieving average IE of 104.36% and 100.08%, respectively. These results indicate that our evolved transform greatly improves the quality of reconstructed images without substantial loss of compression capability over a broad range of image classes.

  20. Spacecraft design project: High temperature superconducting infrared imaging satellite

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    1991-01-01

    The High Temperature Superconductor Infrared Imaging Satellite (HTSCIRIS) is designed to perform the space based infrared imaging and surveillance mission. The design of the satellite follows the black box approach. The payload is a stand alone unit, with the spacecraft bus designed to meet the requirements of the payload as listed in the statement of work. Specifications influencing the design of the spacecraft bus were originated by the Naval Research Lab. A description of the following systems is included: spacecraft configuration, orbital dynamics, radio frequency communication subsystem, electrical power system, propulsion, attitude control system, thermal control, and structural design. The issues of testing and cost analysis are also addressed. This design project was part of the course Advanced Spacecraft Design taught at the Naval Postgraduate School.

  1. A study of forest phenology of Southern Central Siberia from regional to subcontinental level using interannual time series of remote sensing data

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    Chernetskiy, Maxim

    At the present time, numerous studies show that there is a general tendency in the development of forest ecosystems. This tendency can be related to the global climate change hypothesis. I.e. temperature increase, prolongation of growth season etc. Obviously, one of the scientific objects is to reveal the rate of such changes. However it is also obvious that there are deviations from the general trend. Moreover, these can be deviations that are quite difficult to determine on the basis of static data series. It is well-known that the central Northern Eurasian region (i.e. central Siberia) is a "hot spot" of the global climate system. Winter temperatures have increased by more than 2 C and summer temperatures by 1.35 C during the period of instru-mental observations since 1981. Thus the main object of this study was to examine general and anomalous dynamics of the Southern Central Siberia forest ecosystems by analyzing in-terannual time series of remote sensing data. In this study, satellite data were considered as periodic time series consisting of trend, seasonal and reminder components. So final analysis was conducted on the basis of one image obtained based on interannual time series of satellite imagery processing. The mountain forest region in the south of the Central Siberia with low human impact was chosen for this study. Time series of MODIS data (2000-2009) on board Terra and Aqua satellites and AVHRR (1981-2006) were used. At the end of the study, dynamic parameters of the canopies of the Southern Central Siberia were investigated. Growth rates during the transition periods have been calculated. Deviations from the general greenness and temperature trend in Northern Eurasian forests was found for different forest vegetation types of central Siberia's south-mountain taiga. Interannual forest vegetation rate was estimated by the method of slopes for different types of trees. Areas of temperature and greenness decrease (in contrast of the general increase) were found.

  2. Automatic analysis of stereoscopic image pairs from GOES satellites

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    Hasler, A. F.; Strong, J.; Morris, R.; Pierce, H.

    1988-01-01

    An algorithm for automatic analysis of stereoscopic images is applied to stereo pairs of severe local storms and hurricanes observed by two GOES satellites. The automatically derived height fields and manual analyses are compared. It is found that the automatic analysis produces a more detailed structure in less time than manual analysis, although the two methods have similar quality. In areas where the features are very small, however, it is suggested that manual analysis is superior.

  3. Deformation in the Basin & Range Province and Rio Grande Rift using InSAR Time Series

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    Taylor, H.; Pisaniello, M.; Pritchard, M. E.

    2012-12-01

    High heat flow in the Basin and Range Province and Rio Grande Rift has been attributed to partial melting in the crust and upper mantle as a result of ongoing extension (e.g. Lachenbruch 1978). We would then expect to observe surface deformation in areas with actively moving magmatic fluids. The distribution of these magmatic fluids has implications for the rheology of the crust and upper mantle. For this study, we use InSAR to locate deformation due to magmatic sources as well as localized hydrologic deformation. While our focus is magmatic deformation, hydrologic signals are important for correcting geodetic data used to monitor tectonic activity. InSAR is a suitable technique for a large study in the Basin and Range and Rio Grande Rift since SAR acquisitions are both numerous and temporally extensive in these regions. We use ERS-1, ERS-2, and ENVISAT SAR images from 1992-2010 to create time series' with interferograms up to 1800km long from both ascending and descending satellite tracks. Each time series has an average of 100 interferograms reducing the atmospheric noise that masks small deformation signals in single interferograms. The time series' results are validated using overlapping tracks and are further compared to signals identified in previous geophysical studies (e.g. Reilinger and Brown 1980, Massonnet et al 1997, Finnegan and Pritchard 2009). We present results for several areas of deformation in the Basin & Range Province and Rio Grande Rift. An agricultural area near Roswell, NM exhibits seasonal uplift and subsidence of ±3.5cm/yr between 1992 and 1999. Results indicate subsidence on the order of 1cm/yr and uplift of 2cm/yr at the Raft River power plant, ID that is likely related to the start of geothermal fluid production and injection. Just north of the Raft River plant, we detect what appears to be rapid agricultural subsidence in an area extending for 50km. We discuss subsidence of ~2cm/yr in Escalante Valley, UT that is comparable to deformation observed in an earlier InSAR study on subsidence caused by ground-water withdrawal (Forster, 2006).

  4. Local to Global Scale Time Series Analysis of US Dryland Degradation Using Landsat, AVHRR, and MODIS

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    Washington-Allen, R. A.; Ramsey, R. D.; West, N. E.; Kulawardhana, W.; Reeves, M. C.; Mitchell, J. E.; Van Niel, T. G.

    2011-12-01

    Drylands cover 41% of the terrestrial land surface and annually generate $1 trillion in ecosystem goods and services for 38% of the global population, yet estimates of the global extent of Dryland degradation is uncertain with a range of 10 - 80%. It is currently understood that Drylands exhibit topological complexity including self-organization of parameters of different levels-of-organization, e.g., ecosystem and landscape parameters such as soil and vegetation pattern and structure, that gradually or discontinuously shift to multiple basins of attraction in response to herbivory, fire, and climatic drivers at multiple spatial and temporal scales. Our research has shown that at large geographic scales, contemporaneous time series of 10 to 20 years for response and driving variables across two or more spatial scales is required to replicate and differentiate between the impact of climate and land use activities such as commercial grazing. For example, the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) is a major driver of Dryland net primary productivity (NPP), biodiversity, and ecological resilience with a 10-year return interval, thus 20 years of data are required to replicate its impact. Degradation is defined here as a change in physiognomic composition contrary to management goals, a persistent reduction in vegetation response, e.g., NPP, accelerated soil erosion, a decline in soil quality, and changes in landscape configuration and structure that lead to a loss of ecosystem function. Freely available Landsat, Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) and Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradimeter (MODIS) archives of satellite imagery exist that provide local to global spatial coverage and time series between 1972 to the present from which proxies of land degradation can be derived. This paper presents time series assessments between 1972 and 2011 of US Dryland degradation including early detection of dynamic regime shifts in the Mojave and landscape pattern and erosion state changes in the Intermountain region in response to the "Great North American Drought" in 1988, PDO and El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and commercial grazing. Additionally, we will show the discoveries in the last 10-years that US Drylands are "greening" despite the severe Southwestern drought and that commercial livestock are a driver of this response with an annual appropriation of some 58% of NPP.

  5. Mapping Vineyard Areas Using WORLDVIEW-2 Satellite Images

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    Sertel, E.; Ozelkan, E.; Yay, I.; Seker, D. Z.; Ormeci, C.

    2011-12-01

    The observation of Earth surface from the space has lead to new research possibilities in many fields like agriculture, hydrology, geology, geodesy etc. Different satellite image data have been used for agricultural monitoring for different scales namely local, regional and global. It is important to monitor agricultural field in local scale to determine the crop yield, diseases, and to provide Farmer Registries. Worldview-2 is a new satellite system that could be used for agricultural applications especially in local scale. It is the first high resolution 8-band multispectral commercial satellite launched in October 2009. The satellite has an altitude of 770 kilometers and its spatial resolution for panchromatic mode and multispectral mode are 46 cm and 1.85 meter, respectively. In addition to red (630 - 690 nm), blue (450 - 510 nm), Green (510 - 580 nm) and Near Infrared (770 - 895 nm) bands, Worldview-2 has four new spectral bands lying on beginning of blue (400 - 450 nm), yellow (585 - 625 nm), red edge (705 - 745 nm) and Near Infrared (860 - 1040 nm) regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Since Worldview-2 data are comparatively new, there have not been many studies in the literature about the usage of these new data for different applications. In this research, Worldview-2 data were used to delineate the vineyard areas and identify different grape types in Sarkoy, Turkey. Phenological observations of grape fields have been conducted for the last three years over a huge test area owned by the Government Viniculture Institute. Based on the phenological observations, it was found that July and August period is the best data acquisition time for satellite data since leaf area index is really higher. In August 2011, Worldview-2 data of the region were acquired and spectral measurements were collected in the field for different grape types using a spectroradiometer. Satellite image data and spectral measurements were correlated and satellite image data were classified to determine the location, extent and type of vineyards within the study region. A Digital Elevation Model generated from 1/25.000 scaled topographic maps was used to create slope and aspect map of the research area. These maps and vineyard parcels obtained from remote sensing techniques were integrated into a Geographic Information System. Spatial analyses were conducted in GIS to evaluate the appropriateness of vineyard areas for grape growth. Possible suitable vineyard sites for new plantation were selected through spatial queries to provide useful information to governmental authorities and farmers.

  6. Time Series of North Pacific Volcanic Eruptions

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    Dehn, J.; Worden, A. K.; Webley, P. W.

    2011-12-01

    The record of volcanic eruptions was gathered from the 1986 eruption of Augustine Volcano to present for Alaska, Kamchatka and the Kuriles Islands. In this time over 400 ash producing eruptions were noted, and many more events that produced some other activity, e.g. lava, lahar, small explosion, seismic crisis. This represents a minimum for the volcanic activity in this region. It is thought that the records for Alaska are complete for this time period, but it is possible that activity in the Kuriles and Kamchatka could have been overlooked, particularly smaller events. For the Alaska region, 19 different volcanoes have been active in this time. Mt. Cleveland shows the most activity over the time period (40 % likely to have activity in a 3 month period), followed closely by Pavlof (34% likely)volcano. In Kamchatka only 7 volcanoes have been active, Shiveluch is the most active (83% likely) followed by Bezymianny and Kliuchevskoi volcanoes (tied at 60%). The Kuriles only has had 4 active volcanoes, and only 6 known eruptions. Overall this region is one of the most active in the world, in any 3 month period there is a 77% likelihood of volcano activity. For well instrumented volcanoes, the majority of activity is preceded by significant seismicity. For just over half of the events, explosive activity is preceded by thermal signals in infrared satellite data. Rarely (only about 5% of the time) is a stand alone thermal signal not followed within 3 months by an explosive eruption. For remaining events where an ash plume begins the activity, over 90% of the cases show a thermal signal the eruption. The volcanoes with the most activity are the least likely to produce large ash plumes. Conversely the volcanoes that erupt rarely often begin with larger ash producing events. Though there appears to be a recurrent progression of volcanic activity down the chain from east to west, this may be an artifact of several independent systems, each working at their own rate, that briefly coincide in a perceived pattern. To see if there is an arc-wide linkage to eruption rates many more decades of data are needed.

  7. Automated analysis of brachial ultrasound time series

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    Liang, Weidong; Browning, Roger L.; Lauer, Ronald M.; Sonka, Milan

    1998-07-01

    Atherosclerosis begins in childhood with the accumulation of lipid in the intima of arteries to form fatty streaks, advances through adult life when occlusive vascular disease may result in coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease. Non-invasive B-mode ultrasound has been found useful in studying risk factors in the symptom-free population. Large amount of data is acquired from continuous imaging of the vessels in a large study population. A high quality brachial vessel diameter measurement method is necessary such that accurate diameters can be measured consistently in all frames in a sequence, across different observers. Though human expert has the advantage over automated computer methods in recognizing noise during diameter measurement, manual measurement suffers from inter- and intra-observer variability. It is also time-consuming. An automated measurement method is presented in this paper which utilizes quality assurance approaches to adapt to specific image features, to recognize and minimize the noise effect. Experimental results showed the method's potential for clinical usage in the epidemiological studies.

  8. Numerical simulations of imaging satellites with optical interferometry

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    Ding, Yuanyuan; Wang, Chaoyan; Chen, Zhendong

    2015-08-01

    Optical interferometry imaging system, which is composed of multiple sub-apertures, is a type of sensor that can break through the aperture limit and realize the high resolution imaging. This technique can be utilized to precisely measure the shapes, sizes and position of astronomical objects and satellites, it also can realize to space exploration and space debris, satellite monitoring and survey. Fizeau-Type optical aperture synthesis telescope has the advantage of short baselines, common mount and multiple sub-apertures, so it is feasible for instantaneous direct imaging through focal plane combination.Since 2002, the researchers of Shanghai Astronomical Observatory have developed the study of optical interferometry technique. For array configurations, there are two optimal array configurations proposed instead of the symmetrical circular distribution: the asymmetrical circular distribution and the Y-type distribution. On this basis, two kinds of structure were proposed based on Fizeau interferometric telescope. One is Y-type independent sub-aperture telescope, the other one is segmented mirrors telescope with common secondary mirror.In this paper, we will give the description of interferometric telescope and image acquisition. Then we will mainly concerned the simulations of image restoration based on Y-type telescope and segmented mirrors telescope. The Richardson-Lucy (RL) method, Winner method and the Ordered Subsets Expectation Maximization (OS-EM) method are studied in this paper. We will analyze the influence of different stop rules too. At the last of the paper, we will present the reconstruction results of images of some satellites.

  9. A satellite imager for atmospheric x-rays

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    Calvert, W.; Sanders, T.C.; Voss, H.D.

    1985-02-01

    A high-sensitivity X-Ray Imaging Spectrometer (XRIS) was developed for measurements of atmospheric bremsstrahlung X-rays. The XRIS instrument flown on a 3-axis stabilized polar orbiting satellite (S81-1) employed a one-dimensional pinhole camera to acquire a 2-dimensional X-ray image as the satellite passed over an auroral scene. Using a position sensitive gas proportional counter, with an active area of 1200 cmS divided into sixteen cross-track pixels, the instrument had a geometric factor of about 0.4 cmS-steradian per pixel (6 cmS-sr total) for X-rays of 4 to 40 keV. At an orbital altitude of 250 km, it provided a spatial resolution of 30 km and the temporal resolution was one-eighth of a second. Designed primarily to detect artificial electron precipitation at lower latitudes, the instrument also produced the first satellite X-ray images of the aurora during May and June 1982. Special features of the instrument included a quadrupole broom magnet to reject energetic electrons, a multilayer plastic-on-tantalum shielding to suppress the bremsstrahlung X-rays generated from electrons which impact the instrument surface, and a new technique for position sensing within the detector, using signal division in a resistor array.

  10. The Mount Wilson CaK Plage Index Time Series

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    Bertello, L.; Ulrich, R. K.; Boyden, J. E.; Javaraiah, J.

    2008-05-01

    The Mount Wilson solar photographic archive digitization project makes available to the scientific community in digital form a selection of the solar images in the archives of the Carnegie Observatories. This archive contains over 150,000 images of the Sun which were acquired over a time span in excess of 100 years. The images include broad-band images called White Light Directs, ionized CaK line spectroheliograms and Hydrogen Balmer alpha spectroheliograms. This project will digitize essentially all of the CaK and broad-band direct images out of the archive with 12 bits of significant precision and up to 3000 by 3000 spatial pixels. The analysis of this data set will permit a variety of retrospective analyzes of the state of the solar magnetism and provide a temporal baseline of about 100 years for many solar properties. We have already completed the digitization of the CaK series and we are currently working on the broad-band direct images. Solar images have been extracted and identified with original logbook parameters of observation time and scan format, and they are available from the project web site at www.astro.ucla.edu/~ulrich/MW_SPADP. We present preliminary results on a CaK plage index time series derived from the analysis of 70 years of CaK observations, from 1915 to 1985. One of the main problem we encountered during the calibration process of these images is the presence of a vignetting function. This function is linked to the relative position between the pupil and the grating. As a result of this effect the intensity and its gradient are highly variable from one image to another. We currently remove this effect by using a running median filter to determine the background of the image and divide the image by this background to obtain a flat image. A plage index value is then computed from the intensity distribution of this flat image. We show that the temporal variability of our CaK plage index agrees very well with the behavior of the international sunspot number series.

  11. Resolution-independent characteristic scale dedicated to satellite images.

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    Luo, Bin; Aujol, Jean-François; Gousseau, Yann; Ladjal, Saïd; Maître, Henri

    2007-10-01

    We study the problem of finding the characteristic scale of a given satellite image. This feature is defined so that it does not depend on the spatial resolution of the image. This is a different problem than achieving scale invariance, as often studied in the literature. Our approach is based on the use of a linear scale space and the total variation (TV). The critical scale is defined as the one at which the normalized TV reaches its maximum. It is shown experimentally, both on synthetic and real data, that the computed characteristic scale is resolution independent. PMID:17926932

  12. Two algorithms to fill cloud gaps in LST time series

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    Frey, Corinne; Kuenzer, Claudia

    2013-04-01

    Cloud contamination is a challenge for optical remote sensing. This is especially true for the recording of a fast changing radiative quantity like land surface temperature (LST). The substitution of cloud contaminated pixels with estimated values - gap filling - is not straightforward but possible to a certain extent, as this research shows for medium-resolution time series of MODIS data. Area of interest is the Upper Mekong Delta (UMD). The background for this work is an analysis of the temporal development of 1-km LST in the context of the WISDOM project. The climate of the UMD is characterized by peak rainfalls in the summer months, which is also the time where cloud contamination is highest in the area. Average number of available daytime observations per pixel can go down to less than five for example in the month of June. In winter the average number may reach 25 observations a month. This situation is not appropriate to the calculation of longterm statistics; an adequate gap filling method should be used beforehand. In this research, two different algorithms were tested on an 11 year time series: 1) a gradient based algorithm and 2) a method based on ECMWF era interim re-analysis data. The first algorithm searches for stable inter-image gradients from a given environment and for a certain period of time. These gradients are then used to estimate LST for cloud contaminated pixels in each acquisition. The estimated LSTs are clear-sky LSTs and solely based on the MODIS LST time series. The second method estimates LST on the base of adapted ECMWF era interim skin temperatures and creates a set of expected LSTs. The estimated values were used to fill the gaps in the original dataset, creating two new daily, 1 km datasets. The maps filled with the gradient based method had more than the double amount of valid pixels than the original dataset. The second method (ECMWF era interim based) was able to fill all data gaps. From the gap filled data sets then monthly mean, anomaly, and trend maps were calculated. The accuracy of these two gap filling methods was assessed calculating RMS, mean absolute differences (MAD), and r2 of modelled values versus original MODIS LST values for clear-sky pixels only. These first statistical values showed that the adapted era interim data suites well to fill the data gaps. The gradient based method however should be used more carefully.

  13. On the Character and Mitigation of Atmospheric Noise in InSAR Time Series Analysis (Invited)

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    Barnhart, W. D.; Fielding, E. J.; Fishbein, E.

    2013-12-01

    Time series analysis of interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) data, with its broad spatial coverage and ability to image regions that are sometimes very difficult to access, is a powerful tool for characterizing continental surface deformation and its temporal variations. With the impending launch of dedicated SAR missions such as Sentinel-1, ALOS-2, and the planned NASA L-band SAR mission, large volume data sets will allow researchers to further probe ground displacement processes with increased fidelity. Unfortunately, the precision of measurements in individual interferograms is impacted by several sources of noise, notably spatially correlated signals caused by path delays through the stratified and turbulent atmosphere and ionosphere. Spatial and temporal variations in atmospheric water vapor often introduce several to tens of centimeters of apparent deformation in the radar line-of-sight, correlated over short spatial scales (<10 km). Signals resulting from atmospheric path delays are particularly problematic because, like the subsidence and uplift signals associated with tectonic deformation, they are often spatially correlated with topography. In this talk, we provide an overview of the effects of spatially correlated tropospheric noise in individual interferograms and InSAR time series analysis, and we highlight where common assumptions of the temporal and spatial characteristics of tropospheric noise fail. Next, we discuss two classes of methods for mitigating the effects of tropospheric water vapor noise in InSAR time series analysis and single interferograms: noise estimation and characterization with independent observations from multispectral sensors such as MODIS and MERIS; and noise estimation and removal with weather models, multispectral sensor observations, and GPS. Each of these techniques can provide independent assessments of the contribution of water vapor in interferograms, but each technique also suffers from several pitfalls that we outline. The multispectral near-infrared (NIR) sensors provide high spatial resolution (~1 km) estimates of total column tropospheric water vapor by measuring the absorption of reflected solar illumination and provide may excellent estimates of wet delay. The Online Services for Correcting Atmosphere in Radar (OSCAR) project currently provides water vapor products through web services (http://oscar.jpl.nasa.gov). Unfortunately, such sensors require daytime and cloudless observations. Global and regional numerical weather models can provide an additional estimate of both the dry and atmospheric delays with spatial resolution of (3-100 km) and time scales of 1-3 hours, though these models are of lower accuracy than imaging observations and are benefited by independent observations from independent observations of atmospheric water vapor. Despite these issues, the integration of these techniques for InSAR correction and uncertainty estimation may contribute substantially to the reduction and rigorous characterization of uncertainty in InSAR time series analysis - helping to expand the range of tectonic displacements imaged with InSAR, to robustly constrain geophysical models, and to generate a-priori assessments of satellite acquisitions goals.

  14. The determination of physical and dynamical parameters of Pluto/Charon and binary asteroids by least-square formation of a matched filter for a time series of images. I - The operational theory

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    Wildey, R. L.

    1985-01-01

    A theory is derived for the determination of the masses, radii, and orbital elements of the Pluto/Charon, or similar, system based on the prediction of an image distribution over space and time and its comparison with observation. The comparison may be ultimately through the theory of least squares or the application of a matched filter to the observations as a three-dimensional signal stream at an initial or intermediate state. The theory is an approximation correct to fifth order in the diameters of celestial bodies. The theory of astronomical seeing that is used is based on Kolmogorov turbulence in the long-exposure limit. The images must be photometric. Linear tracking errors that can be removed are preferable to either automatic or manual guiding, in the collection of candidate observations.

  15. Scene Context Dependency of Pattern Constancy of Time Series Imagery

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    Woodell, Glenn A.; Jobson, Daniel J.; Rahman, Zia-ur

    2008-01-01

    A fundamental element of future generic pattern recognition technology is the ability to extract similar patterns for the same scene despite wide ranging extraneous variables, including lighting, turbidity, sensor exposure variations, and signal noise. In the process of demonstrating pattern constancy of this kind for retinex/visual servo (RVS) image enhancement processing, we found that the pattern constancy performance depended somewhat on scene content. Most notably, the scene topography and, in particular, the scale and extent of the topography in an image, affects the pattern constancy the most. This paper will explore these effects in more depth and present experimental data from several time series tests. These results further quantify the impact of topography on pattern constancy. Despite this residual inconstancy, the results of overall pattern constancy testing support the idea that RVS image processing can be a universal front-end for generic visual pattern recognition. While the effects on pattern constancy were significant, the RVS processing still does achieve a high degree of pattern constancy over a wide spectrum of scene content diversity, and wide ranging extraneousness variations in lighting, turbidity, and sensor exposure.

  16. Scene context dependency of pattern constancy of time series imagery

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    Woodell, Glenn; Jobson, Daniel J.; Rahman, Zia-ur

    2008-04-01

    A fundamental element of future generic pattern recognition technology is the ability to extract similar patterns for the same scene despite wide ranging extraneous variables, including lighting, turbidity, sensor exposure variations, and signal noise. In the process of demonstrating pattern constancy of this kind for retinex/visual servo (RVS) image enhancement processing, we found that the pattern constancy performance depended somewhat on scene content. Most notably, the scene topography and, in particular, the scale and extent of the topography in an image, affects the pattern constancy the most. This paper will explore these effects in more depth and present experimental data from several time series tests. These results further quantify the impact of topography on pattern constancy. Despite this residual inconstancy, the results of overall pattern constancy testing support the idea that RVS image processing can be a universal front-end for generic visual pattern recognition. While the effects on pattern constancy were significant, the RVS processing still does achieve a high degree of pattern constancy over a wide spectrum of scene content diversity, and wide ranging extraneousness variations in lighting, turbidity, and sensor exposure.

  17. Interpreting Meteorological Satellite Images Using a Color-Composite Technique.

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    D'Entremont, Robert P.; Thomason, Larry W.

    1987-07-01

    An image-display technique is described that simultaneously combines three meteorological satellite images into a color-image product. The technique reveals many features of meteorological interest. It is frequently noted that interpretations of black-and-white "infrared" nighttime imagery are difficult to make when attempting to distinguish low clouds and fog from cloudfree land and ocean, thin from thick cirrus, and thick nonprecipitating clouds from nimbo-stratus clouds. It is found that a more-confident discrimination can be obtained between such features when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) or Nimbus Scanning Multifrequency Microwave Radiometer (SMMR) data are combined into color-image products.

  18. Analysis of Decadal Vegetation Dynamics Using Multi-Scale Satellite Images

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    Chiang, Y.; Chen, K.

    2013-12-01

    This study aims at quantifying vegetation fractional cover (VFC) by incorporating multi-resolution satellite images, including Formosat-2(RSI), SPOT(HRV/HRG), Landsat (MSS/TM) and Terra/Aqua(MODIS), to investigate long-term and seasonal vegetation dynamics in Taiwan. We used 40-year NDVI records for derivation of VFC, with field campaigns routinely conducted to calibrate the critical NDVI threshold. Given different sensor capabilities in terms of their spatial and spectral properties, translation and infusion of NDVIs was used to assure NDVI coherence and to determine the fraction of vegetation cover at different spatio-temporal scales. Based on the proposed method, a bimodal sequence of intra-annual VFC which corresponds to the dual-cropping agriculture pattern was observed. Compared to seasonal VFC variation (78~90%), decadal VFC reveals moderate oscillations (81~86%), which were strongly linked with landuse changes and several major disturbances. This time-series mapping of VFC can be used to examine vegetation dynamics and its response associated with short-term and long-term anthropogenic/natural events.

  19. Mackenzie River Delta morphological change based on Landsat time series

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    Vesakoski, Jenni-Mari; Alho, Petteri; Gustafsson, David; Arheimer, Berit; Isberg, Kristina

    2015-04-01

    Arctic rivers are sensitive and yet quite unexplored river systems to which the climate change will impact on. Research has not focused in detail on the fluvial geomorphology of the Arctic rivers mainly due to the remoteness and wideness of the watersheds, problems with data availability and difficult accessibility. Nowadays wide collaborative spatial databases in hydrology as well as extensive remote sensing datasets over the Arctic are available and they enable improved investigation of the Arctic watersheds. Thereby, it is also important to develop and improve methods that enable detecting the fluvio-morphological processes based on the available data. Furthermore, it is essential to reconstruct and improve the understanding of the past fluvial processes in order to better understand prevailing and future fluvial processes. In this study we sum up the fluvial geomorphological change in the Mackenzie River Delta during the last ~30 years. The Mackenzie River Delta (~13 000 km2) is situated in the North Western Territories, Canada where the Mackenzie River enters to the Beaufort Sea, Arctic Ocean near the city of Inuvik. Mackenzie River Delta is lake-rich, productive ecosystem and ecologically sensitive environment. Research objective is achieved through two sub-objectives: 1) Interpretation of the deltaic river channel planform change by applying Landsat time series. 2) Definition of the variables that have impacted the most on detected changes by applying statistics and long hydrological time series derived from Arctic-HYPE model (HYdrologic Predictions for Environment) developed by Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute. According to our satellite interpretation, field observations and statistical analyses, notable spatio-temporal changes have occurred in the morphology of the river channel and delta during the past 30 years. For example, the channels have been developing in braiding and sinuosity. In addition, various linkages between the studied explanatory variables, such as land cover, precipitation, evaporation, discharge, snow mass and temperature, were found. The significance of this research is emphasised by the growing population, increasing tourism, and economic actions in the Arctic mainly due to the ongoing climate change and technological development.

  20. Mapping Canopy Damage from Understory Fires in Amazon Forests Using Annual Time Series of Landsat and MODIS Data

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    Morton, Douglas C.; DeFries, Ruth S.; Nagol, Jyoteshwar; Souza, Carlos M., Jr.; Kasischke, Eric S.; Hurtt, George C.; Dubayah, Ralph

    2011-01-01

    Understory fires in Amazon forests alter forest structure, species composition, and the likelihood of future disturbance. The annual extent of fire-damaged forest in Amazonia remains uncertain due to difficulties in separating burning from other types of forest damage in satellite data. We developed a new approach, the Burn Damage and Recovery (BDR) algorithm, to identify fire-related canopy damages using spatial and spectral information from multi-year time series of satellite data. The BDR approach identifies understory fires in intact and logged Amazon forests based on the reduction and recovery of live canopy cover in the years following fire damages and the size and shape of individual understory burn scars. The BDR algorithm was applied to time series of Landsat (1997-2004) and MODIS (2000-2005) data covering one Landsat scene (path/row 226/068) in southern Amazonia and the results were compared to field observations, image-derived burn scars, and independent data on selective logging and deforestation. Landsat resolution was essential for detection of burn scars less than 50 ha, yet these small burns contributed only 12% of all burned forest detected during 1997-2002. MODIS data were suitable for mapping medium (50-500 ha) and large (greater than 500 ha) burn scars that accounted for the majority of all fire-damaged forest in this study. Therefore, moderate resolution satellite data may be suitable to provide estimates of the extent of fire-damaged Amazon forest at a regional scale. In the study region, Landsat-based understory fire damages in 1999 (1508 square kilometers) were an order of magnitude higher than during the 1997-1998 El Nino event (124 square kilometers and 39 square kilometers, respectively), suggesting a different link between climate and understory fires than previously reported for other Amazon regions. The results in this study illustrate the potential to address critical questions concerning climate and fire risk in Amazon forests by applying the BDR algorithm over larger areas and longer image time series.

  1. How to analyse irregularly sampled geophysical time series?

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    Eroglu, Deniz; Ozken, Ibrahim; Stemler, Thomas; Marwan, Norbert; Wyrwoll, Karl-Heinz; Kurths, Juergen

    2015-04-01

    One of the challenges of time series analysis is to detect dynamical changes in the dynamics of the underlying system.There are numerous methods that can be used to detect such regime changes in regular sampled times series. Here we present a new approach, that can be applied, when the time series is irregular sampled. Such data sets occur frequently in real world applications as in paleo climate proxy records. The basic idea follows Victor and Purpura [1] and considers segments of the time series. For each segment we compute the cost of transforming the segment into the following one. If the time series is from one dynamical regime the cost of transformation should be similar for each segment of the data. Dramatic changes in the cost time series indicate a change in the underlying dynamics. Any kind of analysis can be applicable to the cost time series since it is a regularly sampled time series. While recurrence plots are not the best choice for irregular sampled data with some measurement noise component, we show that a recurrence plot analysis based on the cost time series can successfully identify the changes in the dynamics of the system. We tested this method using synthetically created time series and will use these results to highlight the performance of our method. Furthermore we present our analysis of a suite of calcite and aragonite stalagmites located in the eastern Kimberley region of tropical Western Australia. This oxygen isotopic data is a proxy for the monsoon activity over the last 8,000 years. In this time series our method picks up several so far undetected changes from wet to dry in the monsoon system and therefore enables us to get a better understanding of the monsoon dynamics in the North-East of Australia over the last couple of thousand years. [1] J. D. Victor and K. P. Purpura, Network: Computation in Neural Systems 8, 127 (1997)

  2. DEM time series of an agricultural watershed

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    Pineux, Nathalie; Lisein, Jonathan; Swerts, Gilles; Degré, Aurore

    2014-05-01

    In agricultural landscape soil surface evolves notably due to erosion and deposition phenomenon. Even if most of the field data come from plot scale studies, the watershed scale seems to be more appropriate to understand them. Currently, small unmanned aircraft systems and images treatments are improving. In this way, 3D models are built from multiple covering shots. When techniques for large areas would be to expensive for a watershed level study or techniques for small areas would be too time consumer, the unmanned aerial system seems to be a promising solution to quantify the erosion and deposition patterns. The increasing technical improvements in this growth field allow us to obtain a really good quality of data and a very high spatial resolution with a high Z accuracy. In the center of Belgium, we equipped an agricultural watershed of 124 ha. For three years (2011-2013), we have been monitoring weather (including rainfall erosivity using a spectropluviograph), discharge at three different locations, sediment in runoff water, and watershed microtopography through unmanned airborne imagery (Gatewing X100). We also collected all available historical data to try to capture the "long-term" changes in watershed morphology during the last decades: old topography maps, soil historical descriptions, etc. An erosion model (LANDSOIL) is also used to assess the evolution of the relief. Short-term evolution of the surface are now observed through flights done at 200m height. The pictures are taken with a side overlap equal to 80%. To precisely georeference the DEM produced, ground control points are placed on the study site and surveyed using a Leica GPS1200 (accuracy of 1cm for x and y coordinates and 1.5cm for the z coordinate). Flights are done each year in December to have an as bare as possible ground surface. Specific treatments are developed to counteract vegetation effect because it is know as key sources of error in the DEM produced by small unmanned aircraft systems. The poster will present the older and more recent changes of relief in this intensely exploited watershed and notably show how unmanned airborne imagery might be of help in DEM dynamic modelling to support soil conservation research.

  3. Ice Sheet Change Detection by Satellite Image Differencing

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    Bindschadler, Robert A.; Scambos, Ted A.; Choi, Hyeungu; Haran, Terry M.

    2010-01-01

    Differencing of digital satellite image pairs highlights subtle changes in near-identical scenes of Earth surfaces. Using the mathematical relationships relevant to photoclinometry, we examine the effectiveness of this method for the study of localized ice sheet surface topography changes using numerical experiments. We then test these results by differencing images of several regions in West Antarctica, including some where changes have previously been identified in altimeter profiles. The technique works well with coregistered images having low noise, high radiometric sensitivity, and near-identical solar illumination geometry. Clouds and frosts detract from resolving surface features. The ETM(plus) sensor on Landsat-7, ALI sensor on EO-1, and MODIS sensor on the Aqua and Terra satellite platforms all have potential for detecting localized topographic changes such as shifting dunes, surface inflation and deflation features associated with sub-glacial lake fill-drain events, or grounding line changes. Availability and frequency of MODIS images favor this sensor for wide application, and using it, we demonstrate both qualitative identification of changes in topography and quantitative mapping of slope and elevation changes.

  4. Satellites

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    Burns, J.A.; Matthews, M.S.

    1986-01-01

    The present work is based on a conference: Natural Satellites, Colloquium 77 of the IAU, held at Cornell University from July 5 to 9, 1983. Attention is given to the background and origins of satellites, protosatellite swarms, the tectonics of icy satellites, the physical characteristics of satellite surfaces, and the interactions of planetary magnetospheres with icy satellite surfaces. Other topics include the surface composition of natural satellites, the cratering of planetary satellites, the moon, Io, and Europa. Consideration is also given to Ganymede and Callisto, the satellites of Saturn, small satellites, satellites of Uranus and Neptune, and the Pluto-Charon system.

  5. Learning to transform time series with a few examples.

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    Rahimi, Ali; Recht, Ben; Darrell, Trevor

    2007-10-01

    We describe a semi-supervised regression algorithm that learns to transform one time series into another time series given examples of the transformation. This algorithm is applied to tracking, where a time series of observations from sensors is transformed to a time series describing the pose of a target. Instead of defining and implementing such transformations for each tracking task separately, our algorithm learns a memoryless transformation of time series from a few example input-output mappings. The algorithm searches for a smooth function that fits the training examples and, when applied to the input time series, produces a time series that evolves according to assumed dynamics. The learning procedure is fast and lends itself to a closed-form solution. It is closely related to nonlinear system identification and manifold learning techniques. We demonstrate our algorithm on the tasks of tracking RFID tags from signal strength measurements, recovering the pose of rigid objects, deformable bodies, and articulated bodies from video sequences. For these tasks, this algorithm requires significantly fewer examples compared to fully-supervised regression algorithms or semi-supervised learning algorithms that do not take the dynamics of the output time series into account. PMID:17699921

  6. A Computer Evolution in Teaching Undergraduate Time Series

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    Hodgess, Erin M.

    2004-01-01

    In teaching undergraduate time series courses, we have used a mixture of various statistical packages. We have finally been able to teach all of the applied concepts within one statistical package; R. This article describes the process that we use to conduct a thorough analysis of a time series. An example with a data set is provided. We compare…

  7. Comparison of official IVS nutation time series from VLBI analysis

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    Gattano, C.; Lambert, S.; Bizouard, C.

    2015-12-01

    We carried out comparisons between the official IVS nutation time series using VLBI data. We studied differences between those time series and differences between derived products such as amplitude and phase of nutation components, including free core nutation, and noise color.

  8. Spectral Procedures Enhance the Analysis of Three Agricultural Time Series

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    Many agricultural and environmental variables are influenced by cyclic processes that occur naturally. Consequently their time series often have cyclic behavior. This study developed times series models for three different phenomenon: (1) a 60 year-long state average crop yield record, (2) a four ...

  9. Analysis of Crop Phenology Using Time-Series MODIS Data and Climate Data

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    Ren, J.; Campbell, J. B.; Thomas, R. Q.; Shao, Y.

    2014-12-01

    Understanding crop phenology is fundamental to agricultural production, management, planning and decision-making. In the continental United States, key phenological stages are strongly influenced by meteorological and climatological conditions. This study is conducted in the Midwestern United States to estimate phonological information for corn and soybean. A time series of the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) 16-day composites from 2001 to 2013 was analyzed with the TIMESAT program to automatically retrieve key phenological stages. The temperature data from CRUNCEP was analyzed with R based on the crop model to calculate potential planting date and harvest date by AgroIBIS crop phenology algorithm. With these two methods, start of season (planting date), end of season (harvesting date), and length of growing season from 2001 to 2013 were determined and compared. The results showed a good relationship between estimates derived from satellites and estimates calculated by the crop model formula. Crop progress reports from USDA NASS were used to validate our estimates. We will present the relationship between our estimates and validation data. We will select some specific sites to investigate finer scale local changes of crop phenology during the last decade.

  10. Time-series photometry of the O4 I(n)fp star ? Puppis

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    Howarth, Ian D.; Stevens, Ian R.

    2014-12-01

    We report a time-series analysis of the O4 I(n)fp star ?Pup, based on optical photometry obtained with the SMEI (Solar Mass Ejection Imager) instrument on the Coriolis satellite, 2003-2006. A single astrophysical signal is found, with P = 1.780 938 ± 0.000 093 d and a mean semi-amplitude of 6.9 ± 0.3 mmag. There is no evidence for persistent coherent signals with semi-amplitudes in excess of ˜2 mmag on any of the time-scales previously reported in the literature. In particular, there is no evidence for a signature of the proposed rotation period, ˜5.1 d; ? Pup is therefore probably not an oblique magnetic rotator. The 1.8-d signal varies in amplitude by a factor ˜2 on time-scales of 10-100d (and probably by more on longer time-scales), and exhibits modest excursions in phase, but there is no evidence for systematic changes in period over the 1000-d span of our observations. Rotational modulation and stellar-wind variability appear to be unlikely candidates for the underlying mechanism; we suggest that the physical origin of the signal may be pulsation associated with low-? oscillatory convection modes.

  11. Spatial Data Exploring by Satellite Image Distributed Processing

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    Mihon, V. D.; Colceriu, V.; Bektas, F.; Allenbach, K.; Gvilava, M.; Gorgan, D.

    2012-04-01

    Our society needs and environmental predictions encourage the applications development, oriented on supervising and analyzing different Earth Science related phenomena. Satellite images could be explored for discovering information concerning land cover, hydrology, air quality, and water and soil pollution. Spatial and environment related data could be acquired by imagery classification consisting of data mining throughout the multispectral bands. The process takes in account a large set of variables such as satellite image types (e.g. MODIS, Landsat), particular geographic area, soil composition, vegetation cover, and generally the context (e.g. clouds, snow, and season). All these specific and variable conditions require flexible tools and applications to support an optimal search for the appropriate solutions, and high power computation resources. The research concerns with experiments on solutions of using the flexible and visual descriptions of the satellite image processing over distributed infrastructures (e.g. Grid, Cloud, and GPU clusters). This presentation highlights the Grid based implementation of the GreenLand application. The GreenLand application development is based on simple, but powerful, notions of mathematical operators and workflows that are used in distributed and parallel executions over the Grid infrastructure. Currently it is used in three major case studies concerning with Istanbul geographical area, Rioni River in Georgia, and Black Sea catchment region. The GreenLand application offers a friendly user interface for viewing and editing workflows and operators. The description involves the basic operators provided by GRASS [1] library as well as many other image related operators supported by the ESIP platform [2]. The processing workflows are represented as directed graphs giving the user a fast and easy way to describe complex parallel algorithms, without having any prior knowledge of any programming language or application commands. Also this Web application does not require any kind of install for what the house-hold user is concerned. It is a remote application which may be accessed over the Internet. Currently the GreenLand application is available through the BSC-OS Portal provided by the enviroGRIDS FP7 project [3]. This presentation aims to highlight the challenges and issues of flexible description of the Grid based processing of satellite images, interoperability with other software platforms available in the portal, as well as the particular requirements of the Black Sea related use cases.

  12. Extracting white noise statistics in GPS coordinate time series

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    Montillet, J.-P.; Tregoning, P.; McClusky, S.; Yu, K.

    2012-04-01

    The noise in GPS coordinate time series is known to follow a power-law noise model with different components (white noise, flicker noise, random-walk). This work proposes an algorithm to estimate the white noise statistics, through the decomposition of the GPS coordinate time series into a sequence of sub-time series using the Empirical Mode Decomposition algorithm. The proposed algorithm estimates the Hurst parameter for each sub time series, then selects the sub time series related to the white noise based on the Hurst parameter threshold. The algorithm is applied to simulated GPS time series and real data. Both simulated GPS coordinate time series and real data are employed to test this new method, results are compared to the standard (CATS software) Maximum Likelihood (ML) estimator approach. For a comparison with the Maximum Likelihood approach (CATS software), the number of epochs for the selected GPS time series is varied between 3 and 8 years. The results are promising when compared to CATS, but suffer from a larger standard deviation. The results demonstrate that this proposed algorithm has very low computational complexity and can be more than one hundred times faster than the CATS ML method, at the cost of a moderate increase of the uncertainty (~ 5%) of the white noise amplitude. Reliable white noise statistics are useful for a range of applications including improving the filtering of GPS time series, checking the validity of estimated coseismic offsets and estimating unbiased uncertainties of site velocities. The low complexity and computational efficiency of the algorithm can greatly speed up the processing of geodetic time series.

  13. Multi sensor satellite imagers for commercial remote sensing

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    Cronje, T.; Burger, H.; Du Plessis, J.; Du Toit, J. F.; Marais, L.; Strumpfer, F.

    2005-10-01

    This paper will discuss and compare recent refractive and catodioptric imager designs developed and manufactured at SunSpace for Multi Sensor Satellite Imagers with Panchromatic, Multi-spectral, Area and Hyperspectral sensors on a single Focal Plane Array (FPA). These satellite optical systems were designed with applications to monitor food supplies, crop yield and disaster monitoring in mind. The aim of these imagers is to achieve medium to high resolution (2.5m to 15m) spatial sampling, wide swaths (up to 45km) and noise equivalent reflectance (NER) values of less than 0.5%. State-of-the-art FPA designs are discussed and address the choice of detectors to achieve these performances. Special attention is given to thermal robustness and compactness, the use of folding prisms to place multiple detectors in a large FPA and a specially developed process to customize the spectral selection with the need to minimize mass, power and cost. A refractive imager with up to 6 spectral bands (6.25m GSD) and a catodioptric imager with panchromatic (2.7m GSD), multi-spectral (6 bands, 4.6m GSD), hyperspectral (400nm to 2.35?m, 200 bands, 15m GSD) sensors on the same FPA will be discussed. Both of these imagers are also equipped with real time video view finding capabilities. The electronic units could be subdivided into the Front-End Electronics and Control Electronics with analogue and digital signal processing. A dedicated Analogue Front-End is used for Correlated Double Sampling (CDS), black level correction, variable gain and up to 12-bit digitizing and high speed LVDS data link to a mass memory unit.

  14. Deep-space satellite-image reconstructions from field data by use of speckle imaging techniques: images and functional assessment.

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    Matson, C L; Fox, M; Hege, E K; Hluck, L; Drummond, J; Harvey, D

    1997-05-10

    Speckle imaging techniques have been shown to mitigate atmospheric-resolution limits, allowing near-diffraction-limited images to be reconstructed. Few images of extended objects reconstructed by use of these techniques have been published, and most of these results are for relatively bright objects. We present image reconstructions of an orbiting Molniya 3 spacecraft from data collected by use of a 2.3-m ground-based telescope. The apparent brightness of the satellite was 15th visual magnitude. Power-spectrum and bispectrum speckle imaging techniques are used prior to image reconstruction to ameliorate atmospheric blurring. We discuss how these images, although poorly resolved, can be used to provide information on the satellite's functional status. It is shown that our previously published optimal algorithms produce a higher-quality image than do conventional speckle imaging methods. PMID:18253318

  15. Deep-space satellite-image reconstructions from field data by use of speckle imaging techniques: images and functional assessment

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    Matson, Charles L.; Fox, Marsha; Hege, E. Keith; Hluck, Laura; Drummond, Jack; Harvey, David

    1997-05-01

    Speckle imaging techniques have been shown to mitigate atmospheric-resolution limits, allowing near-diffraction-limited images to be reconstructed. Few images of extended objects reconstructed by use of these techniques have been published, and most of these results are for relatively bright objects. We present image reconstructions of an orbiting Molniya 3 spacecraft from data collected by use of a 2.3-m ground-based telescope. The apparent brightness of the satellite was 15th visual magnitude. Power-spectrum and bispectrum speckle imaging techniques are used prior to image reconstruction to ameliorate atmospheric blurring. We discuss how these images, although poorly resolved, can be used to provide information on the satellite s functional status. It is shown that our previously published optimal algorithms produce a higher-quality image than do conventional speckle imaging methods.

  16. MISR Browse Images: Chesapeake Lighthouse and Aircraft Measurements for Satellites (CLAMS)

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    2013-03-22

    MISR Browse Images: Chesapeake Lighthouse and Aircraft Measurements for Satellites (CLAMS) ... visual overview of the region observed during the Chesapeake Lighthouse and Aircraft Measurements for Satellites (CLAMS) field campaign. ...

  17. First satellite imaging of auroral pulsations by the Fast Auroral Imager on e-POP

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    Lui, A. T. Y.; Cogger, L. L.; Howarth, A.; Yau, A. W.

    2015-09-01

    We report the first satellite imaging of auroral pulsations by the Fast Auroral Imager (FAI) on board the Enhanced Polar Outflow Probe (e-POP) satellite. The near-infrared camera of FAI is capable of providing up to two auroral images per second, ideal for investigation of pulsating auroras. The auroral pulsations were observed within the auroral bulge formed during a substorm interval on 19 February 2014. This first satellite view of these pulsations from FAI reveals that (1) several pulsating auroral channels (PACs) occur within the auroral bulge, (2) periods of the intensity pulsations span over one decade within the auroral bulge, and (3) there is no apparent trend of longer pulsation periods associated with higher latitudes for these PACs. Although PACs resemble in some respect stable pulsating auroras reported previously, they have several important differences in characteristics.

  18. Biomass Accumulation Rates of Amazonian Secondary Forest and Biomass of Old-Growth Forests from Landsat Time Series and GLAS

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    Helmer, E.; Lefsky, M. A.; Roberts, D.

    2009-12-01

    We estimate the age of humid lowland tropical forests in Rondônia, Brazil, from a somewhat densely spaced time series of Landsat images (1975-2003) with an automated procedure, the Threshold Age Mapping Algorithm (TAMA), first described here. We then estimate a landscape-level rate of aboveground woody biomass accumulation of secondary forest by combining forest age mapping with biomass estimates from the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System (GLAS). Though highly variable, the estimated average biomass accumulation rate of 8.4 Mg ha-1 yr-1 agrees well with ground-based studies for young secondary forests in the region. In isolating the lowland forests, we map land cover and general types of old-growth forests with decision tree classification of Landsat imagery and elevation data. We then estimate aboveground live biomass for seven classes of old-growth forest. TAMA is simple, fast, and self-calibrating. By not using between-date band or index differences or trends, it requires neither image normalization nor atmospheric correction. In addition, it uses an approach to map forest cover for the self-calibrations that is novel to forest mapping with satellite imagery; it maps humid secondary forest that is difficult to distinguish from old-growth forest in single-date imagery; it does not assume that forest age equals time since disturbance; and it incorporates Landsat Multispectral Scanner (MSS) imagery. Variations on the work that we present here can be applied to other forested landscapes. Applications that use image time series will be helped by the free distribution of coregistered Landsat imagery, which began in December 2008, and of the Ice Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat) Vegetation Product, which simplifies the use of GLAS data. Finally, we demonstrate here for the first time how the optical imagery of fine spatial resolution that is viewable on Google Earth provides a new source of reference data for remote sensing applications related to land cover. Reference: Helmer, E. H., M. A. Lefsky and D. A. Roberts. 2009. Biomass accumulation rates of Amazonian secondary forest and biomass of old-growth forests from Landsat time series and the Geoscience Laser Altimeter System. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 3:033505.

  19. Path planning on satellite images for unmanned surface vehicles

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    Yang, Joe-Ming; Tseng, Chien-Ming; Tseng, P. S.

    2015-01-01

    In recent years, the development of autonomous surface vehicles has been a field of increasing research interest. There are two major areas in this field: control theory and path planning. This study focuses on path planning, and two objectives are discussed: path planning for Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs) and implementation of path planning in a real map. In this paper, satellite thermal images are converted into binary images which are used as the maps for the Finite Angle A* algorithm (FAA*), an advanced A* algorithm that is used to determine safer and suboptimal paths for USVs. To plan a collision-free path, the algorithm proposed in this article considers the dimensions of surface vehicles. Furthermore, the turning ability of a surface vehicle is also considered, and a constraint condition is introduced to improve the quality of the path planning algorithm, which makes the traveled path smoother. This study also shows a path planning experiment performed on a real satellite thermal image, and the path planning results can be used by an USV.

  20. InSAR time series shows multiple deformation and interaction of gravitational spreading, intrusion and compaction on Hawaii Island

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    Shirzaei, M.; Walter, T. R.

    2009-04-01

    Hawaii Island comprising some of the world most active volcanoes shows a complex deformation field. The two active volcanoes Mauna Loa and Kilauea are subject to magma emplacement and the islands' flanks are subject to gravitational spreading and landslide process. An island wide deformation analysis, however, and potential interaction of different sources was not systematically elaborated, yet. Using a newly developed Wavelet based InSAR time series (WAB-InSAR) approach we mapped the spatio-temporal deformation field in the period of 2003 and 2008. In this study we have utilized 30 radar images acquired by ENVISAT satellite in descending mode. The deformation time series shows different episodes of the uplift and subsidence over Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcano. At last to investigate the source of deformation we applied a time dependent non linear multiple source modeling approach based on continuous genetic algorithm. The result of this research show that volcano-tectonic signals are co-occurring, implying complex interaction of various process on Hawaii Island.

  1. Surface deformation dynamics of Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes, Hawaii, revealed by InSAR time series analysis

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    Casu, F.; Poland, M. P.; Solaro, G.; Tizzani, P.; Sansosti, E.; Lanari, R.

    2008-12-01

    We exploit the advanced Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) technique referred to as the Small BAseline Subset (SBAS) algorithm to analyze surface deformation of Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes, Hawaii. In particular, we present time series of line-of-sight (LOS) displacements derived from SAR data acquired by the ASAR instrument, on board the ENVISAT satellite, from ascending (mode 2, track 93) and descending (mode 2, track 429) orbits between 2003 and 2008. For each coherent pixel of the radar images we compute time-dependent surface displacements as well as the average LOS deformation rate. We also benefit from the use of the ascending and descending data to discriminate the vertical and east-west components of the displacements. The derived InSAR measurements are also compared to continuous GPS data to asses the quality of the SBAS-InSAR products. Our results quantify, in space and time, the complex deformation of Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes. In addition, the SBAS-InSAR time series can be used to model both magmatic and tectonic processes, leading to a better understanding of volcano and earthquake processes on the Island of Hawaii.

  2. Geostatistical Analysis of Surface Temperature and In-Situ Soil Moisture Using LST Time-Series from Modis

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    Sohrabinia, M.; Rack, W.; Zawar-Reza, P.

    2012-07-01

    The objective of this analysis is to provide a quantitative estimate of the fluctuations of land surface temperature (LST) with varying near surface soil moisture (SM) on different land-cover (LC) types. The study area is located in the Canterbury Plains in the South Island of New Zealand. Time series of LST from the MODerate resolution Imaging Spectro-radiometer (MODIS) have been analysed statistically to study the relationship between the surface skin temperature and near-surface SM. In-situ measurements of the skin temperature and surface SM with a quasi-experimental design over multiple LC types are used for validation. Correlations between MODIS LST and in-situ SM, as well as in-situ surface temperature and SM are calculated. The in-situ measurements and MODIS data are collected from various LC types. Pearson's r correlation coefficient and linear regression are used to fit the MODIS LST and surface skin temperature with near-surface SM. There was no significant correlation between time-series of MODIS LST and near-surface SM from the initial analysis, however, careful analysis of the data showed significant correlation between the two parameters. Night-time series of the in-situ surface temperature and SM from a 12 hour period over Irrigated-Crop, Mixed-Grass, Forest, Barren and Open- Grass showed inverse correlations of -0.47, -0.68, -0.74, -0.88 and -0.93, respectively. These results indicated that the relationship between near-surface SM and LST in short-terms (12 to 24 hours) is strong, however, remotely sensed LST with higher temporal resolution is required to establish this relationship in such time-scales. This method can be used to study near-surface SM using more frequent LST observations from a geostationary satellite over the study area.

  3. A multiscale approach to InSAR time series analysis

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    Simons, M.; Hetland, E. A.; Muse, P.; Lin, Y. N.; Dicaprio, C.; Rickerby, A.

    2008-12-01

    We describe a new technique to constrain time-dependent deformation from repeated satellite-based InSAR observations of a given region. This approach, which we call MInTS (Multiscale analysis of InSAR Time Series), relies on a spatial wavelet decomposition to permit the inclusion of distance based spatial correlations in the observations while maintaining computational tractability. This approach also permits a consistent treatment of all data independent of the presence of localized holes in any given interferogram. In essence, MInTS allows one to considers all data at the same time (as opposed to one pixel at a time), thereby taking advantage of both spatial and temporal characteristics of the deformation field. In terms of the temporal representation, we have the flexibility to explicitly parametrize known processes that are expected to contribute to a given set of observations (e.g., co-seismic steps and post-seismic transients, secular variations, seasonal oscillations, etc.). Our approach also allows for the temporal parametrization to includes a set of general functions (e.g., splines) in order to account for unexpected processes. We allow for various forms of model regularization using a cross-validation approach to select penalty parameters. The multiscale analysis allows us to consider various contributions (e.g., orbit errors) that may affect specific scales but not others. The methods described here are all embarrassingly parallel and suitable for implementation on a cluster computer. We demonstrate the use of MInTS using a large suite of ERS-1/2 and Envisat interferograms for Long Valley Caldera, and validate our results by comparing with ground-based observations.

  4. 3D displacement time series in the Afar rift zone computed from SAR phase and amplitude information

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    Casu, Francesco; Manconi, Andrea

    2013-04-01

    Large and rapid deformations, such as those caused by earthquakes, eruptions, and landslides cannot be fully measured by using standard DInSAR applications. Indeed, the phase information often degrades and some areas of the interferograms are affected by high fringe rates, leading to difficulties in the phase unwrapping, and/or to complete loss of coherence due to significant misregistration errors. This limitation can be overcome by exploiting the SAR image amplitude information instead of the phase, and by calculating the Pixel-Offset (PO) field SAR image pairs, for both range and azimuth directions. Moreover, it is possible to combine the PO results by following the same rationale of the SBAS technique, to finally retrieve the offset-based deformation time series. Such technique, named PO-SBAS, permits to retrieve the deformation field in areas affected by very large displacements at an accuracy that, for ENVISAT data, correspond to 30 cm and 15 cm for the range and azimuth, respectively [1]. Moreover, the combination of SBAS and PO-SBAS time series can help to better study and model deformation phenomena characterized by spatial and temporal heterogeneities [2]. The Dabbahu rift segment of the Afar depression has been active since 2005 when a 2.5 km3 dyke intrusion and hundreds of earthquakes marked the onset a rifting episode which continues to date. The ENVISAT satellite has repeatedly imaged the Afar depression since 2003, generating a large SAR archive. In this work, we study the Afar rift region deformations by using both the phase and amplitude information of several sets of SAR images acquired from ascending and descending ENVISAT tracks. We combined sets of small baseline interferograms through the SBAS algorithm, and we generate both ground deformation maps and time series along the satellite Line-Of-Sight (LOS). In areas where the deformation gradient causes loss of coherence, we retrieve the displacement field through the amplitude information. Furthermore, we could also retrieve the full 3D deformation field, by considering the North-South displacement component obtained from the azimuth PO information. The combination of SBAS and PO-SBAS information permits to better retrieve and constrain the full deformation field due to repeated intrusions, fault movements, as well as the magma movements from individual magma chambers. [1] Casu, F., A. Manconi, A. Pepe and R. Lanari, 2011. Deformation time-series generation in areas characterized by large displacement dynamics: the SAR amplitude Pixel-Offset SBAS technique, IEEE Transaction on Geosciences and Remote Sensing. [2] Manconi, A. and F. Casu, 2012. Joint analysis of displacement time series retrieved from SAR phase and amplitude: impact on the estimation of volcanic source parameters, Geophysical Research Letters, doi:10.1029/2012GL052202.

  5. Classification mapping and species identification of salt marshes based on a short-time interval NDVI time-series from HJ-1 optical imagery

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    Sun, Chao; Liu, Yongxue; Zhao, Saishuai; Zhou, Minxi; Yang, Yuhao; Li, Feixue

    2016-03-01

    Salt marshes are seen as the most dynamic and valuable ecosystems in coastal zones, and in these areas, it is crucial to obtain accurate remote sensing information on the spatial distributions of species over time. However, discriminating various types of salt marsh is rather difficult because of their strong spectral similarities. Previous salt marsh mapping studies have focused mainly on high spatial and spectral (i.e., hyperspectral) resolution images combined with auxiliary information; however, the results are often limited to small regions. With a high temporal and moderate spatial resolution, the Chinese HuanJing-1 (HJ-1) satellite optical imagery can be used not only to monitor phenological changes of salt marsh vegetation over short-time intervals, but also to obtain coverage of large areas. Here, we apply HJ-1 satellite imagery to the middle coast of Jiangsu in east China to monitor changes in saltmarsh vegetation cover. First, we constructed a monthly NDVI time-series to classify various types of salt marsh and then we tested the possibility of using compressed time-series continuously, to broaden the applicability of this particular approach. Our principal findings are as follows: (1) the overall accuracy of salt marsh mapping based on the monthly NDVI time-series was 90.3%, which was ∼16.0% higher than the single-phase classification strategy; (2) a compressed time-series, including NDVI from six key months (April, June-September, and November), demonstrated very little reduction (2.3%) in overall accuracy but led to obvious improvements in unstable regions; and (3) a simple rule for Spartina alterniflora identification was established using a scene solely from November, which may provide an effective way for regularly monitoring its distribution.

  6. Nonlinear parametric model for Granger causality of time series

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    Marinazzo, Daniele; Pellicoro, Mario; Stramaglia, Sebastiano

    2006-06-01

    The notion of Granger causality between two time series examines if the prediction of one series could be improved by incorporating information of the other. In particular, if the prediction error of the first time series is reduced by including measurements from the second time series, then the second time series is said to have a causal influence on the first one. We propose a radial basis function approach to nonlinear Granger causality. The proposed model is not constrained to be additive in variables from the two time series and can approximate any function of these variables, still being suitable to evaluate causality. Usefulness of this measure of causality is shown in two applications. In the first application, a physiological one, we consider time series of heart rate and blood pressure in congestive heart failure patients and patients affected by sepsis: we find that sepsis patients, unlike congestive heart failure patients, show symmetric causal relationships between the two time series. In the second application, we consider the feedback loop in a model of excitatory and inhibitory neurons: we find that in this system causality measures the combined influence of couplings and membrane time constants.

  7. Clustering Financial Time Series by Network Community Analysis

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    Piccardi, Carlo; Calatroni, Lisa; Bertoni, Fabio

    In this paper, we describe a method for clustering financial time series which is based on community analysis, a recently developed approach for partitioning the nodes of a network (graph). A network with N nodes is associated to the set of N time series. The weight of the link (i, j), which quantifies the similarity between the two corresponding time series, is defined according to a metric based on symbolic time series analysis, which has recently proved effective in the context of financial time series. Then, searching for network communities allows one to identify groups of nodes (and then time series) with strong similarity. A quantitative assessment of the significance of the obtained partition is also provided. The method is applied to two distinct case-studies concerning the US and Italy Stock Exchange, respectively. In the US case, the stability of the partitions over time is also thoroughly investigated. The results favorably compare with those obtained with the standard tools typically used for clustering financial time series, such as the minimal spanning tree and the hierarchical tree.

  8. Sensor-Generated Time Series Events: A Definition Language

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    Anguera, Aurea; Lara, Juan A.; Lizcano, David; Martínez, Maria Aurora; Pazos, Juan

    2012-01-01

    There are now a great many domains where information is recorded by sensors over a limited time period or on a permanent basis. This data flow leads to sequences of data known as time series. In many domains, like seismography or medicine, time series analysis focuses on particular regions of interest, known as events, whereas the remainder of the time series contains hardly any useful information. In these domains, there is a need for mechanisms to identify and locate such events. In this paper, we propose an events definition language that is general enough to be used to easily and naturally define events in time series recorded by sensors in any domain. The proposed language has been applied to the definition of time series events generated within the branch of medicine dealing with balance-related functions in human beings. A device, called posturograph, is used to study balance-related functions. The platform has four sensors that record the pressure intensity being exerted on the platform, generating four interrelated time series. As opposed to the existing ad hoc proposals, the results confirm that the proposed language is valid, that is generally applicable and accurate, for identifying the events contained in the time series.

  9. Portable EDITOR (PEDITOR): A portable image processing system. [satellite images

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    Angelici, G.; Slye, R.; Ozga, M.; Ritter, P.

    1986-01-01

    The PEDITOR image processing system was created to be readily transferable from one type of computer system to another. While nearly identical in function and operation to its predecessor, EDITOR, PEDITOR employs additional techniques which greatly enhance its portability. These cover system structure and processing. In order to confirm the portability of the software system, two different types of computer systems running greatly differing operating systems were used as target machines. A DEC-20 computer running the TOPS-20 operating system and using a Pascal Compiler was utilized for initial code development. The remaining programmers used a Motorola Corporation 68000-based Forward Technology FT-3000 supermicrocomputer running the UNIX-based XENIX operating system and using the Silicon Valley Software Pascal compiler and the XENIX C compiler for their initial code development.

  10. Satellite Gravity Gradients Complementing Seismology for Imaging of the Lithosphere

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    Ebbing, J.

    2014-12-01

    Satellite gravity gradients as for example derived from the recent GOCE satellite mission can be used to improve modeling of the Earth's lithosphere and thereby contribute to a better understanding of the Earth's dynamic processes. In general, gravity gradient data are sensitive to shallower structures than the gravity field itself and provide information about the variations in both the horizontal and vertical plane. Validation of satellite data in different orbit heights show that the gradients in different heights have a significantly different sensitivity, which can be exploited to construct the most reasonable lithospheric setting. To explore the benefit by using gravity gradients in addition to conventional gravity data, a case example from the well-explored and understood North-East Atlantic Margin will be shown. Here, a 3D model of the lithosphere preexisted that incorporates a wealth of geophysical data sets, e.g. seismics, magnetics and borehole information. The model is initially optimized for near-surface gravity data. However, in the NE Atlantic the gravity field is affected by a regional trend, which is reflected as well in the geoid, and associated to sub-lithospheric density domains. Using this model for sensitivity analysis shows that the satellite gravity gradients are little affected by the sub-lithospheric field, but are especially sensitive to the density contrasts from the lower crust to 100 km depth. Another important observation is that modeling of the gravity gradients requires depth-dependent crustal densities and temperature dependent upper mantle densities. A too simplified use of average densities leads to clear misfit to the observed data. Satellite gravity gradients are as well sensitive to compositional changes in the upper mantle, but for to decipher the thermal structure and composition integration with information from seismic tomography is needed. In summary, the sensitivity analysis in the NE Atlantic region shows, that satellite gravity gradients are a valuable addition to image the lithosphere in 3D and consequently to distinguish the lithospheric and sub-lithospheric components in the gravity field.

  11. Characterizing time series: when Granger causality triggers complex networks

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    Ge, Tian; Cui, Yindong; Lin, Wei; Kurths, Jürgen; Liu, Chong

    2012-08-01

    In this paper, we propose a new approach to characterize time series with noise perturbations in both the time and frequency domains by combining Granger causality and complex networks. We construct directed and weighted complex networks from time series and use representative network measures to describe their physical and topological properties. Through analyzing the typical dynamical behaviors of some physical models and the MIT-BIHMassachusetts Institute of Technology-Beth Israel Hospital. human electrocardiogram data sets, we show that the proposed approach is able to capture and characterize various dynamics and has much potential for analyzing real-world time series of rather short length.

  12. Estimation of connectivity measures in gappy time series

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    Papadopoulos, G.; Kugiumtzis, D.

    2015-10-01

    A new method is proposed to compute connectivity measures on multivariate time series with gaps. Rather than removing or filling the gaps, the rows of the joint data matrix containing empty entries are removed and the calculations are done on the remainder matrix. The method, called measure adapted gap removal (MAGR), can be applied to any connectivity measure that uses a joint data matrix, such as cross correlation, cross mutual information and transfer entropy. MAGR is favorably compared using these three measures to a number of known gap-filling techniques, as well as the gap closure. The superiority of MAGR is illustrated on time series from synthetic systems and financial time series.

  13. Factorizing Markov Models for Categorical Time Series Prediction

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    Freudenthaler, Christoph; Rendle, Steffen; Schmidt-Thieme, Lars

    2011-09-01

    During the last decade, recommender systems became a popular class of models for many commercial websites. One of the best state-of-the-art methods for recommender systems are Matrix and Tensor Factorization models. Besides, Markov Chain models are common for representing sequential data problems (e.g. categorical time series data). The item recommendation problem of recommender systems in fact is a categorical time series problem where each user represents an individual categorical time series. In this paper we combine factorization models with Markov Chain models. To increase efficiency of parameter estimation we introduce our generalized Factorized Markov Chain model.

  14. Advanced DTM Generation from Very High Resolution Satellite Stereo Images

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    Perko, R.; Raggam, H.; Gutjahr, K. H.; Schardt, M.

    2015-03-01

    This work proposes a simple filtering approach that can be applied to digital surface models in order to extract digital terrain models. The method focusses on robustness and computational efficiency and is in particular tailored to filter DSMs that are extracted from satellite stereo images. It represents an evolution of an existing DTM generation method and includes distinct advancement through the integration of multi-directional processing as well as slope dependent filtering, thus denoted "MSD filtering". The DTM generation workflow is fully automatic and requires no user interaction. Exemplary results are presented for a DSM generated from a Pléiades tri-stereo image data set. Qualitative and quantitative evaluations with respect to highly accurate reference LiDAR data confirm the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm.

  15. Concepts for on-board satellite image registration, volume 1

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    Ruedger, W. H.; Daluge, D. R.; Aanstoos, J. V.

    1980-01-01

    The NASA-NEEDS program goals present a requirement for on-board signal processing to achieve user-compatible, information-adaptive data acquisition. One very specific area of interest is the preprocessing required to register imaging sensor data which have been distorted by anomalies in subsatellite-point position and/or attitude control. The concepts and considerations involved in using state-of-the-art positioning systems such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) in concert with state-of-the-art attitude stabilization and/or determination systems to provide the required registration accuracy are discussed with emphasis on assessing the accuracy to which a given image picture element can be located and identified, determining those algorithms required to augment the registration procedure and evaluating the technology impact on performing these procedures on-board the satellite.

  16. Developing Geostationary Satellite Imaging at the Navy Precision Optical Interferometer

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    van Belle, G.; von Braun, K.; Armstrong, J. T.; Baines, E. K.; Schmitt, H. R.; Jorgensen, A. M.; Elias, N.; Mozurkewich, D.; Oppenheimer, R.; Restaino, S.

    The Navy Precision Optical Interferometer (NPOI) is a six-beam long-baseline optical interferometer, located in Flagstaff, Arizona; the facility is operated by a partnership between Lowell Observatory, the US Naval Observatory, and the Naval Research Laboratory. NPOI operates every night of the year (except holidays) in the visible with baselines between 8 and 100 meters (up to 432m is available), conducting programs of astronomical research and technology development for the partners. NPOI is the only such facility as yet to directly observe geostationary satellites, enabling milliarcsecond resolution of these objects. To enhance this capability towards true imaging of geosats, a program of facility upgrades will be outlined. These upgrades include AO-assisted large apertures feeding each beam line, new visible and near-infrared instrumentation on the back end, and infrastructure supporting baseline-wavelength bootstrapping which takes advantage of the spectral and morphological features of geosats. The large apertures will enable year-round observations of objects brighter than 10th magnitude in the near-IR. At its core, the system is enabled by a approach that tracks the low-resolution (and thus, high signal-to-noise), bright near-IR fringes between aperture pairs, allowing multi-aperture phasing for high-resolution visible light imaging. A complementary program of visible speckle and aperture masked imaging at Lowell's 4.3-m Discovery Channel Telescope, for constraining the low-spatial frequency imaging information, will also be outlined, including results from a pilot imaging study.

  17. A low cost thermal infrared hyperspectral imager for small satellites

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    Crites, S. T.; Lucey, P. G.; Wright, R.; Garbeil, H.; Horton, K. A.

    2011-06-01

    The traditional model for space-based earth observations involves long mission times, high cost, and long development time. Because of the significant time and monetary investment required, riskier instrument development missions or those with very specific scientific goals are unlikely to successfully obtain funding. However, a niche for earth observations exploiting new technologies in focused, short lifetime missions is opening with the growth of the small satellite market and launch opportunities for these satellites. These low-cost, short-lived missions provide an experimental platform for testing new sensor technologies that may transition to larger, more long-lived platforms. The low costs and short lifetimes also increase acceptable risk to sensors, enabling large decreases in cost using commercial off the shelf (COTS) parts and allowing early-career scientists and engineers to gain experience with these projects. We are building a low-cost long-wave infrared spectral sensor, funded by the NASA Experimental Project to Stimulate Competitive Research program (EPSCOR), to demonstrate the ways in which a university's scientific and instrument development programs can fit into this niche. The sensor is a low-mass, power efficient thermal hyperspectral imager with electronics contained in a pressure vessel to enable the use of COTS electronics, and will be compatible with small satellite platforms. The sensor, called Thermal Hyperspectral Imager (THI), is based on a Sagnac interferometer and uses an uncooled 320x256 microbolometer array. The sensor will collect calibrated radiance data at long-wave infrared (LWIR, 8-14 microns) wavelengths in 230-meter pixels with 20 wavenumber spectral resolution from a 400-km orbit.

  18. Use of satellite images for the monitoring of water systems

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    Hillebrand, Gudrun; Winterscheid, Axel; Baschek, Björn; Wolf, Thomas

    2015-04-01

    Satellite images are a proven source of information for monitoring ecological indicators in coastal waters and inland river systems. This potential of remote sensing products was demonstrated by recent research projects (e.g. EU-funded project Freshmon - www.freshmon.eu) and other activities by national institutions. Among indicators for water quality, a particular focus was set on the temporal and spatial dynamics of suspended particulate matter (SPM) and Chlorophyll-a (Chl-a). The German Federal Institute of Hydrology (BfG) was using the Weser and Elbe estuaries as test cases to compare in-situ measurements with results obtained from a temporal series of automatically generated maps of SPM distributions based on remote sensing data. Maps of SPM and Chl-a distributions in European inland rivers and alpine lakes were generated by the Freshmon Project. Earth observation based products are a valuable source for additional data that can well supplement in-situ monitoring. For 2015, the BfG and the Institute for Lake Research of the State Institute for the Environment, Measurements and Nature Conservation of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany (LUBW) are in the process to start implementing an operational service for monitoring SPM and Chl-a based on satellite images (Landsat 7 & 8, Sentinel 2, and if required other systems with higher spatial resolution, e.g. Rapid Eye). In this 2-years project, which is part of the European Copernicus Programme, the operational service will be set up for - the inland rivers of Rhine and Elbe - the North Sea estuaries of Elbe, Weser and Ems. Furthermore - Lake Constance and other lakes located within the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg. In future, the service can be implemented for other rivers and lakes as well. Key feature of the project is a data base that holds the stock of geo-referenced maps of SPM and Chl-a distributions. Via web-based portals (e.g. GGInA - geo-portal of the BfG; UIS - environmental information system of the Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg; BOWIS - information system for the Lake Constance) the maps will be made accessible to the public. The aim of the project is to implement a service that automatically recognizes new satellite images covering the area of selected water systems (lake, river or estuary) and therefore is able to continually update the data base. Furthermore, the service includes a procedure to analyse newly available data with the highest possible degree of automatization. It is planned to add new maps of SPM and Chl-a distributions to the data base within a couple of days after the satellite image was taken. A high degree of automatization is the essential condition to process a large number of satellite images each year at reasonable costs. It could be demonstrated by the Freshmon Project that there are simplified but robust algorithms and procedures existing. For the successful implementation of the service, it is important to further validate the results obtained by the service line as well as the used procedure and algorithms. Therefore, several test cases will be set up. Each case is going to include an analysis of the uncertainties to describe the expected deviation between values derived from earth observation data and the in-situ data obtained from the BfG and LUBW monitoring networks. Furthermore, it will include a description of possible sources of error and the boundary conditions which are most sensitive to the analysis. Test cases are planned to be made public with all necessary data. The scientific community is invited to use the data as a benchmark test case to develop their own algorithms and procedures.

  19. Nonstationary time series prediction combined with slow feature analysis

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    Wang, G.; Chen, X.

    2015-01-01

    Almost all climate time series have some degree of nonstationarity due to external driving forces perturbations of the observed system. Therefore, these external driving forces should be taken into account when reconstructing the climate dynamics. This paper presents a new technique of combining the driving force of a time series obtained using the Slow Feature Analysis (SFA) approach, then introducing the driving force into a predictive model to predict non-stationary time series. In essence, the main idea of the technique is to consider the driving forces as state variables and incorporate them into the prediction model. To test the method, experiments using a modified logistic time series and winter ozone data in Arosa, Switzerland, were conducted. The results showed improved and effective prediction skill.

  20. Fractal and natural time analysis of geoelectrical time series

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    Ramirez Rojas, A.; Moreno-Torres, L. R.; Cervantes, F.

    2013-05-01

    In this work we show the analysis of geoelectric time series linked with two earthquakes of M=6.6 and M=7.4. That time series were monitored at the South Pacific Mexican coast, which is the most important active seismic subduction zone in México. The geolectric time series were analyzed by using two complementary methods: a fractal analysis, by means of the detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) in the conventional time, and the power spectrum defined in natural time domain (NTD). In conventional time we found long-range correlations prior to the EQ-occurrences and simultaneously in NTD, the behavior of the power spectrum suggest the possible existence of seismo electric signals (SES) similar with the previously reported in equivalent time series monitored in Greece prior to earthquakes of relevant magnitude.

  1. Nonstationary time series prediction combined with slow feature analysis

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    Wang, G.; Chen, X.

    2015-07-01

    Almost all climate time series have some degree of nonstationarity due to external driving forces perturbing the observed system. Therefore, these external driving forces should be taken into account when constructing the climate dynamics. This paper presents a new technique of obtaining the driving forces of a time series from the slow feature analysis (SFA) approach, and then introduces them into a predictive model to predict nonstationary time series. The basic theory of the technique is to consider the driving forces as state variables and to incorporate them into the predictive model. Experiments using a modified logistic time series and winter ozone data in Arosa, Switzerland, were conducted to test the model. The results showed improved prediction skills.

  2. Space-time series forecasting by artificial neural networks

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    Cheng, Tao; Wang, Jiaqiu; Li, Xia

    2008-12-01

    Spatio-Temporal Autoregressive Integrated Moving Average (STAIRMA) model family is a very useful tool in modeling space-time series data. It assumes that space-time series data is correlated linearly in space and time. However, in reality most space-time series contains nonlinear space-time autocorrelation structure, which can't be modeled by STARIMA. Artificial neural networks (ANN) have shown great flexibility in modeling and forecasting nonlinear dynamic process. In the paper, we developed an architecture approach to model space-time series data using artificial neural network (ANN). The model is tested with forest fire prediction in Canada. The experimental result demonstrates that STANN achieves much better prediction accuracy than STARIMA model.

  3. Financial Time-series Analysis: a Brief Overview

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    Chakraborti, A.; Patriarca, M.; Santhanam, M. S.

    Prices of commodities or assets produce what is called time-series. Different kinds of financial time-series have been recorded and studied for decades. Nowadays, all transactions on a financial market are recorded, leading to a huge amount of data available, either for free in the Internet or commercially. Financial time-series analysis is of great interest to practitioners as well as to theoreticians, for making inferences and predictions. Furthermore, the stochastic uncertainties inherent in financial time-series and the theory needed to deal with them make the subject especially interesting not only to economists, but also to statisticians and physicists [1]. While it would be a formidable task to make an exhaustive review on the topic, with this review we try to give a flavor of some of its aspects.

  4. Time series modeling of system self-assessment of survival

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    Lu, H.; Kolarik, W.J.

    1999-06-01

    Self-assessment of survival for a system, subsystem or component is implemented by assessing conditional performance reliability in real-time, which includes modeling and analysis of physical performance data. This paper proposes a time series analysis approach to system self-assessment (prediction) of survival. In the approach, physical performance data are modeled in a time series. The performance forecast is based on the model developed and is converted to the reliability of system survival. In contrast to a standard regression model, a time series model, using on-line data, is suitable for the real-time performance prediction. This paper illustrates an example of time series modeling and survival assessment, regarding an excessive tool edge wear failure mode for a twist drill operation.

  5. Spatial, Temporal and Spectral Satellite Image Fusion via Sparse Representation

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    Song, Huihui

    Remote sensing provides good measurements for monitoring and further analyzing the climate change, dynamics of ecosystem, and human activities in global or regional scales. Over the past two decades, the number of launched satellite sensors has been increasing with the development of aerospace technologies and the growing requirements on remote sensing data in a vast amount of application fields. However, a key technological challenge confronting these sensors is that they tradeoff between spatial resolution and other properties, including temporal resolution, spectral resolution, swath width, etc., due to the limitations of hardware technology and budget constraints. To increase the spatial resolution of data with other good properties, one possible cost-effective solution is to explore data integration methods that can fuse multi-resolution data from multiple sensors, thereby enhancing the application capabilities of available remote sensing data. In this thesis, we propose to fuse the spatial resolution with temporal resolution and spectral resolution, respectively, based on sparse representation theory. Taking the study case of Landsat ETM+ (with spatial resolution of 30m and temporal resolution of 16 days) and MODIS (with spatial resolution of 250m ~ 1km and daily temporal resolution) reflectance, we propose two spatial-temporal fusion methods to combine the fine spatial information of Landsat image and the daily temporal resolution of MODIS image. Motivated by that the images from these two sensors are comparable on corresponding bands, we propose to link their spatial information on available Landsat- MODIS image pair (captured on prior date) and then predict the Landsat image from the MODIS counterpart on prediction date. To well-learn the spatial details from the prior images, we use a redundant dictionary to extract the basic representation atoms for both Landsat and MODIS images based on sparse representation. Under the scenario of two prior Landsat-MODIS image pairs, we build the corresponding relationship between the difference images of MODIS and ETM+ by training a low- and high-resolution dictionary pair from the given prior image pairs. In the second scenario, i.e., only one Landsat- MODIS image pair being available, we directly correlate MODIS and ETM+ data through an image degradation model. Then, the fusion stage is achieved by super-resolving the MODIS image combining the high-pass modulation in a two-layer fusion framework. Remarkably, the proposed spatial-temporal fusion methods form a unified framework for blending remote sensing images with phenology change or land-cover-type change. Based on the proposed spatial-temporal fusion models, we propose to monitor the land use/land cover changes in Shenzhen, China. As a fast-growing city, Shenzhen faces the problem of detecting the rapid changes for both rational city planning and sustainable development. However, the cloudy and rainy weather in region Shenzhen located makes the capturing circle of high-quality satellite images longer than their normal revisit periods. Spatial-temporal fusion methods are capable to tackle this problem by improving the spatial resolution of images with coarse spatial resolution but frequent temporal coverage, thereby making the detection of rapid changes possible. On two Landsat-MODIS datasets with annual and monthly changes, respectively, we apply the proposed spatial-temporal fusion methods to the task of multiple change detection. Afterward, we propose a novel spatial and spectral fusion method for satellite multispectral and hyperspectral (or high-spectral) images based on dictionary-pair learning and sparse non-negative matrix factorization. By combining the spectral information from hyperspectral image, which is characterized by low spatial resolution but high spectral resolution and abbreviated as LSHS, and the spatial information from multispectral image, which is featured by high spatial resolution but low spectral resolution and abbreviated as HSLS, this method aims to generate the fused data with both high spatial and high spectral resolutions. Motivated by the observation that each hyperspectral pixel can be represented by a linear combination of a few endmembers, this method first extracts the spectral bases of LSHS and HSLS images by making full use of the rich spectral information in LSHS data. The spectral bases of these two categories data then formulate a dictionary-pair due to their correspondence in representing each pixel spectra of LSHS data and HSLS data, respectively. Subsequently, the LSHS image is spatially unmixed by representing the HSLS image with respect to the corresponding learned dictionary to derive its representation coefficients. Combining the spectral bases of LSHS data and the representation coefficients of HSLS data, we finally derive the fused data characterized by the spectral resolution of LSHS data and the spatial resolution of HSLS data.

  6. Distinguishing between Chaotic and Stochastic Systems in Financial Time Series

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    Menna, Massimiliano; Rotundo, Giulia; Tirozzi, Brunello

    In last years several mathematical methods were successfully used for financial time series modeling. The main problem is to check whether irregularities of data are generated by a stochastic process or they are due to some deterministic chaos and to the presence of low-dimensional strange attractor. We focus on a test based on the correlation dimension. In particular we examine the time series of the daily closure prices of the Italian car industry ``FIAT'' shares.

  7. Multiple Time Series Ising Model for Financial Market Simulations

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    Takaishi, Tetsuya

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we propose an Ising model which simulates multiple financial time series. Our model introduces the interaction which couples to spins of other systems. Simulations from our model show that time series exhibit the volatility clustering that is often observed in the real financial markets. Furthermore we also find non-zero cross correlations between the volatilities from our model. Thus our model can simulate stock markets where volatilities of stocks are mutually correlated.

  8. Estimation of Parameters from Discrete Random Nonstationary Time Series

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    Takayasu, H.; Nakamura, T.

    For the analysis of nonstationary stochastic time series we introduce a formulation to estimate the underlying time-dependent parameters. This method is designed for random events with small numbers that are out of the applicability range of the normal distribution. The method is demonstrated for numerical data generated by a known system, and applied to time series of traffic accidents, batting average of a baseball player and sales volume of home electronics.

  9. The extraction of multiple cropping index of China based on NDVI time-series

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    Huang, Haitao; Gao, Zhiqiang

    2011-09-01

    Multiple cropping index reflects the intensity of arable land been used by a certain planting system. The bond between multiple cropping index and NDVI time-series is the crop cycle rule, which determines the crop process of seeding, jointing, tasseling, ripeness and harvesting and so on. The cycle rule can be retrieved by NDVI time-series for that peaks and valleys on the time-series curve correspond to different periods of crop growth. In this paper, we aim to extract the multiple cropping index of China from NDVI time-series. Because of cloud contamination, some NDVI values are depressed. MVC (Maximum Value Composite) synthesis is used to SPOT-VGT data to remove the noise, but this method doesn't work sufficiently. In order to accurately extract the multiple cropping index, the algorithm HANTS (Harmonic Analysis of Time Series) is employed to remove the cloud contamination. The reconstructed NDVI time-series can explicitly characterize the biophysical process of planting, seedling, elongating, heading, harvesting of crops. Based on the reconstructed curve, we calculate the multiple cropping index of arable land by extracting the number of peaks of the curve for that one peak represents one season crop. This paper presents a method to extracting the multiple cropping index from remote sensing image and then the multiple cropping index of China is extracted from VEGETATION decadal composites NDVI time series of year 2000 and 2009. From the processed data, we can get the spatial distribution of tillage system of China, and then further discussion about cropping index change between the 10 years is conducted.

  10. Scale-dependent intrinsic entropies of complex time series.

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    Yeh, Jia-Rong; Peng, Chung-Kang; Huang, Norden E

    2016-04-13

    Multi-scale entropy (MSE) was developed as a measure of complexity for complex time series, and it has been applied widely in recent years. The MSE algorithm is based on the assumption that biological systems possess the ability to adapt and function in an ever-changing environment, and these systems need to operate across multiple temporal and spatial scales, such that their complexity is also multi-scale and hierarchical. Here, we present a systematic approach to apply the empirical mode decomposition algorithm, which can detrend time series on various time scales, prior to analysing a signal's complexity by measuring the irregularity of its dynamics on multiple time scales. Simulated time series of fractal Gaussian noise and human heartbeat time series were used to study the performance of this new approach. We show that our method can successfully quantify the fractal properties of the simulated time series and can accurately distinguish modulations in human heartbeat time series in health and disease. PMID:26953181

  11. Quantifying Memory in Complex Physiological Time-Series

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    Shirazi, Amir H.; Raoufy, Mohammad R.; Ebadi, Haleh; De Rui, Michele; Schiff, Sami; Mazloom, Roham; Hajizadeh, Sohrab; Gharibzadeh, Shahriar; Dehpour, Ahmad R.; Amodio, Piero; Jafari, G. Reza; Montagnese, Sara; Mani, Ali R.

    2013-01-01

    In a time-series, memory is a statistical feature that lasts for a period of time and distinguishes the time-series from a random, or memory-less, process. In the present study, the concept of “memory length” was used to define the time period, or scale over which rare events within a physiological time-series do not appear randomly. The method is based on inverse statistical analysis and provides empiric evidence that rare fluctuations in cardio-respiratory time-series are ‘forgotten’ quickly in healthy subjects while the memory for such events is significantly prolonged in pathological conditions such as asthma (respiratory time-series) and liver cirrhosis (heart-beat time-series). The memory length was significantly higher in patients with uncontrolled asthma compared to healthy volunteers. Likewise, it was significantly higher in patients with decompensated cirrhosis compared to those with compensated cirrhosis and healthy volunteers. We also observed that the cardio-respiratory system has simple low order dynamics and short memory around its average, and high order dynamics around rare fluctuations. PMID:24039811

  12. Reconstructing Ocean Circulation using Coral (triangle)14C Time Series

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    Kashgarian, M; Guilderson, T P

    2001-02-23

    We utilize monthly {sup 14}C data derived from coral archives in conjunction with ocean circulation models to address two questions: (1) how does the shallow circulation of the tropical Pacific vary on seasonal to decadal time scales and (2) which dynamic processes determine the mean vertical structure of the equatorial Pacific thermocline. Our results directly impact the understanding of global climate events such as the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO). To study changes in ocean circulation and water mass distribution involved in the genesis and evolution of ENSO and decadal climate variability, it is necessary to have records of climate variables several decades in length. Continuous instrumental records are limited because technology for continuous monitoring of ocean currents (e.g. satellites and moored arrays) has only recently been available, and ships of opportunity archives such as COADS contain large spatial and temporal biases. In addition, temperature and salinity in surface waters are not conservative and thus can not be independently relied upon to trace water masses, reducing the utility of historical observations. Radiocarbon in sea water is a quasi-conservative water mass tracer and is incorporated into coral skeletal material, thus coral {sup 14}C records can be used to reconstruct changes in shallow circulation that would be difficult to characterize using instrumental data. High resolution {Delta}{sup 14}C timeseries such as ours, provide a powerful constraint on the rate of surface ocean mixing and hold great promise to augment one time oceanographic surveys. {Delta}{sup 14}C timeseries such as these, not only provide fundamental information about the shallow circulation of the Pacific, but can also be directly used as a benchmark for the next generation of high resolution ocean models used in prognosticating climate. The measurement of {Delta}{sup 14}C in biological archives such as tree rings and coral growth bands is a direct record of the invasion of fossil fuel CO{sub 2} and bomb {sup 14}C into the atmosphere and surface oceans. Therefore the {Delta}{sup 14}C data that are produced in this study can be used to validate the ocean uptake of fossil fuel CO2 in coupled ocean-atmosphere models. This study takes advantage of the quasi-conservative nature of {sup 14}C as a water mass tracer by using {Delta}{sup 14}C time series in corals to identify changes in the shallow circulation of the Pacific. Although the data itself provides fundamental information on surface water mass movement the true strength is a combined approach which is greater than the individual parts; the data helps uncover deficiencies in ocean circulation models and the model results place long {Delta}{sup 14}C time series in a dynamic framework which helps to identify those locations where additional observations are most needed.

  13. LINKING IN SITU TIME SERIES FOREST CANOPY LAI AND PHENOLOGY METRICS WITH MODIS AND LANDSAT NDVI AND LAI PRODUCTS

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    The subject of this presentation is forest vegetation dynamics as observed by the TERRA spacecraft's Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and Landsat Thematic Mapper, and complimentary in situ time series measurements of forest canopy metrics related to Leaf Area...

  14. Analyzing time varying trends in stratospheric ozone time series using state space approach

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    Laine, M.; Latva-Pukkila, N.; Kyrölä, E.

    2013-08-01

    We describe a hierarchical statistical state space model for ozone profile time series. The time series are from satellite measurements by the SAGE II and GOMOS instruments spanning years 1984-2011. The original data sets are combined and gridded monthly using 10° latitude bands, and covering 25-55 km with 1 km vertical spacing. In the analysis, mean densities are studied separately for 25-35 km, 35-45 km, and 45-55 km layers, also. Model components include level, trend and seasonal effect with solar activity and Quasi-Biennial Oscillations as proxy variables. We will show how the chosen statistical model is well suited for trend analysis of atmospheric time series that are not stationary but can exhibit both slowly varying and abrupt changes in the distributional properties. The dynamic linear model state space approach provides well defined statistical model for assessing the long term background changes in the ozone time series. The modelling assumptions can be evaluated and the method provides realistic uncertainty estimates for the model based statements on the quantities of interest. We discuss the methodological challenges and practical implementation. The modelling result agree with the hypothesized trend change point for stratospheric ozone at around the year 1997 for mid latitude regions. This is a companion article to Kyrölä et al. (2013).

  15. Accuracy assessment of topographic mapping using UAV image integrated with satellite images

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    Azmi, S. M.; Ahmad, Baharin; Ahmad, Anuar

    2014-02-01

    Unmanned Aerial Vehicle or UAV is extensively applied in various fields such as military applications, archaeology, agriculture and scientific research. This study focuses on topographic mapping and map updating. UAV is one of the alternative ways to ease the process of acquiring data with lower operating costs, low manufacturing and operational costs, plus it is easy to operate. Furthermore, UAV images will be integrated with QuickBird images that are used as base maps. The objective of this study is to make accuracy assessment and comparison between topographic mapping using UAV images integrated with aerial photograph and satellite image. The main purpose of using UAV image is as a replacement for cloud covered area which normally exists in aerial photograph and satellite image, and for updating topographic map. Meanwhile, spatial resolution, pixel size, scale, geometric accuracy and correction, image quality and information contents are important requirements needed for the generation of topographic map using these kinds of data. In this study, ground control points (GCPs) and check points (CPs) were established using real time kinematic Global Positioning System (RTK-GPS) technique. There are two types of analysis that are carried out in this study which are quantitative and qualitative assessments. Quantitative assessment is carried out by calculating root mean square error (RMSE). The outputs of this study include topographic map and orthophoto. From this study, the accuracy of UAV image is ± 0.460 m. As conclusion, UAV image has the potential to be used for updating of topographic maps.

  16. Coseismic and Postseismic Deformation from the August 2014 Mw 6.0 South Napa Earthquake Measured with InSAR Time Series

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    Fielding, E. J.; Milillo, P.; Yun, S. H.; Burgmann, R.; Samsonov, S. V.

    2014-12-01

    The Mw 6.0 South Napa Earthquake struck Napa County of California on 24 August 2014 with extensive surface ruptures mapped in the field and with satellite and airborne interferometric synthetic aperture radar (InSAR). The Italian Space Agency's (ASI) has been acquiring COSMO-SkyMed™ (CSK) synthetic aperture radar (SAR) images of the Napa area since June 2013 with two different look directions (satellite moving south looking west, and satellite moving north and looking east). The Canadian Space Agency and partner MDA have been acquiring RADARSAT-2 (RS2) SAR images over the San Francisco area for several years, with partial coverage of the southern part of Napa County. Preliminary time series analysis of the CSK and RS2 SAR image time series before the 2014 earthquake shows moderate rates of surface deformation likely related to variations in ground water levels. By the end of September 2014, there were 6 CSK scenes on the descending track (first on 27 August 02:08 UTC) and two scenes on the ascending track (first on 3 September 13:55 UTC) acquired after the earthquake. We use GIAnT to extend the time series analysis across the time of the earthquake and calculate a better estimate of the coseismic deformation as a step function in the time interval between the date of the last pre-quake scene and first post-quake scene, plus a postseismic deformation time function. With the 6 CSK descending track scenes, the time series estimate of the coseismic deformation has much less of the atmospheric effects that are present in single interferograms, but the 2 CSK ascending track scenes do not provide as much improvement. The postseismic single interferograms are useful for seeing the early postseismic deformation. We observe rapid afterslip on both the ascending and descending interferograms, concentrated at shallow depth on the southern part of the main coseismic rupture, extending about 4 km north of the epicenter. We also observe what appears to be poroelastic rebound in the area west of the southern part of the rupture, which needs confirmation from additional observations and modeling.

  17. Mobile Visualization and Analysis Tools for Spatial Time-Series Data

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    Eberle, J.; Hüttich, C.; Schmullius, C.

    2013-12-01

    The Siberian Earth System Science Cluster (SIB-ESS-C) provides access and analysis services for spatial time-series data build on products from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and climate data from meteorological stations. Until now a webportal for data access, visualization and analysis with standard-compliant web services was developed for SIB-ESS-C. As a further enhancement a mobile app was developed to provide an easy access to these time-series data for field campaigns. The app sends the current position from the GPS receiver and a specific dataset (like land surface temperature or vegetation indices) - selected by the user - to our SIB-ESS-C web service and gets the requested time-series data for the identified pixel back in real-time. The data is then being plotted directly in the app. Furthermore the user has possibilities to analyze the time-series data for breaking points and other phenological values. These processings are executed on demand of the user on our SIB-ESS-C web server and results are transfered to the app. Any processing can also be done at the SIB-ESS-C webportal. The aim of this work is to make spatial time-series data and analysis functions available for end users without the need of data processing. In this presentation the author gives an overview on this new mobile app, the functionalities, the technical infrastructure as well as technological issues (how the app was developed, our made experiences).

  18. Similarity estimators for irregular and age uncertain time series

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    Rehfeld, K.; Kurths, J.

    2013-09-01

    Paleoclimate time series are often irregularly sampled and age uncertain, which is an important technical challenge to overcome for successful reconstruction of past climate variability and dynamics. Visual comparison and interpolation-based linear correlation approaches have been used to infer dependencies from such proxy time series. While the first is subjective, not measurable and not suitable for the comparison of many datasets at a time, the latter introduces interpolation bias, and both face difficulties if the underlying dependencies are nonlinear. In this paper we investigate similarity estimators that could be suitable for the quantitative investigation of dependencies in irregular and age uncertain time series. We compare the Gaussian-kernel based cross correlation (gXCF, Rehfeld et al., 2011) and mutual information (gMI, Rehfeld et al., 2013) against their interpolation-based counterparts and the new event synchronization function (ESF). We test the efficiency of the methods in estimating coupling strength and coupling lag numerically, using ensembles of synthetic stalagmites with short, autocorrelated, linear and nonlinearly coupled proxy time series, and in the application to real stalagmite time series. In the linear test case coupling strength increases are identified consistently for all estimators, while in the nonlinear test case the correlation-based approaches fail. The lag at which the time series are coupled is identified correctly as the maximum of the similarity functions in around 60-55% (in the linear case) to 53-42% (for the nonlinear processes) of the cases when the dating of the synthetic stalagmite is perfectly precise. If the age uncertainty increases beyond 5% of the time series length, however, the true coupling lag is not identified more often than the others for which the similarity function was estimated. Age uncertainty contributes up to half of the uncertainty in the similarity estimation process. Time series irregularity contributes less, particularly for the adapted Gaussian-kernel based estimators and the event synchronization function. The introduced link strength concept summarizes the hypothesis test results and balances the individual strengths of the estimators: while gXCF is particularly suitable for short and irregular time series, gMI and the ESF can identify nonlinear dependencies. ESF could, in particular, be suitable to study extreme event dynamics in paleoclimate records. Programs to analyze paleoclimatic time series for significant dependencies are included in a freely available software toolbox.

  19. Similarity estimators for irregular and age-uncertain time series

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    Rehfeld, K.; Kurths, J.

    2014-01-01

    Paleoclimate time series are often irregularly sampled and age uncertain, which is an important technical challenge to overcome for successful reconstruction of past climate variability and dynamics. Visual comparison and interpolation-based linear correlation approaches have been used to infer dependencies from such proxy time series. While the first is subjective, not measurable and not suitable for the comparison of many data sets at a time, the latter introduces interpolation bias, and both face difficulties if the underlying dependencies are nonlinear. In this paper we investigate similarity estimators that could be suitable for the quantitative investigation of dependencies in irregular and age-uncertain time series. We compare the Gaussian-kernel-based cross-correlation (gXCF, Rehfeld et al., 2011) and mutual information (gMI, Rehfeld et al., 2013) against their interpolation-based counterparts and the new event synchronization function (ESF). We test the efficiency of the methods in estimating coupling strength and coupling lag numerically, using ensembles of synthetic stalagmites with short, autocorrelated, linear and nonlinearly coupled proxy time series, and in the application to real stalagmite time series. In the linear test case, coupling strength increases are identified consistently for all estimators, while in the nonlinear test case the correlation-based approaches fail. The lag at which the time series are coupled is identified correctly as the maximum of the similarity functions in around 60-55% (in the linear case) to 53-42% (for the nonlinear processes) of the cases when the dating of the synthetic stalagmite is perfectly precise. If the age uncertainty increases beyond 5% of the time series length, however, the true coupling lag is not identified more often than the others for which the similarity function was estimated. Age uncertainty contributes up to half of the uncertainty in the similarity estimation process. Time series irregularity contributes less, particularly for the adapted Gaussian-kernel-based estimators and the event synchronization function. The introduced link strength concept summarizes the hypothesis test results and balances the individual strengths of the estimators: while gXCF is particularly suitable for short and irregular time series, gMI and the ESF can identify nonlinear dependencies. ESF could, in particular, be suitable to study extreme event dynamics in paleoclimate records. Programs to analyze paleoclimatic time series for significant dependencies are included in a freely available software toolbox.

  20. Crater Relaxation and Stereo Imaging of Icy Satellites

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    Phillips, C. B.; Hammond, N. P.; Nimmo, F.; robuchon, G.; Beyer, R. A.; Roberts, J. H.

    2011-12-01

    Over billions of years, crater depths relax at a rate that is dependent on the internal properties of the target body. Thus, measuring the depth of craters can give insight into the thermal history and subsurface structure of terrestrial bodies and icy satellites (Dombard and McKinnon, 2006). The extensive surface imaging coverage provided by Cassini (and more modest coverage from Galileo), in combination with the development of new automated stereo imaging programs, now allows for detailed measurements of crater depths on the moons of Saturn and Jupiter, and thus more accurate estimates of crater relaxation. We utilize these resources to create digital elevation models (DEMs) of large craters (D>70km) on icy satellites, beginning with Rhea and Dione. We extract crater profiles from our DEMs to determine current crater depths. An estimate of initial crater depth requires extrapolations from a crater assumed to be unrelaxed, either scaled up in size if on the same body, or scaled by gravity if on another satellite; initial and current crater depths are combined to yield a measured relaxation percentage for different crater diameter size bins. Our topographic measurements are compared with the results of a coupled thermal evolution-viscoelastic relaxation code, allowing us to investigate the thermal history of each satellite. Our model predicts the expected degree of crater relaxation for craters of different sizes and ages based on assumptions about the initial thermal state of the satellite and its subsurface structure. So far, in the case of Rhea, our numerical simulations under-predict the amount of crater relaxation we observe, suggesting that Rhea is warmer than we initially modeled; in fact, it appears that internal temperatures must approach the melting point of ice in order to achieve the amount of relaxation we observe. Our numerical model has been benchmarked against standard analytical solutions (Robuchon et al., 2011), and thus we believe that the code itself is not in error and that Rhea experienced more heating early in its history than previously thought. We also find that for 100 km diameter craters on Rhea, other factors in addition to viscous relaxation are important in determining their final depth. We have completed our measurements for all large craters on Rhea that are captured, to date, in Cassini ISS stereo pairs, and are currently working to produce topographic profiles of all available large craters on Dione. We will present results from our Dione crater profiles and numerical modeling of Dione's thermal history, and will compare our results for degree of crater relaxation and subsurface thermal profile with those previously determined for Rhea. Since Rhea and Dione have similar compositions and surface gravities, craters of equivalent diameters on their surfaces likely had similar initial depths. Thus, our comparisons of final crater depths on these two satellites will help us understand the details of any similarities or differences in their relaxation histories. Dombard, A. J., and McKinnon W. B. (2006), JGR, 111 E01001; Robuchon, G., et al. (2011), Icarus 214, 82-90

  1. Vehicle extraction from high-resolution satellite image using template matching

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    Natt, Dehchaiwong; Cao, Xiaoguang

    2015-12-01

    The process of vehicle examination by using satellite images is complicated and cumbersome process. At the present, the high definition satellite images are being used, however, the images of the vehicles can be seen as just a small point which is difficult to separate it out from the background that the image details are not sufficient to identify small objects. In this research, the techniques for the process of vehicle examination by using satellite images were applied by using image data from Pléiades which is the satellite image with high resolution of 0.40 m. The objective of this research is to study and develop the device for data extracting from satellite images, and the received data would be organized and created as Geospatial information by the concept of the picture matching with a pattern matching or Template Matching developed with Matlab program and Sum of Absolute Difference method collaborated with Neural Network technique in order to help evaluating pattern matching between template images of cars and cars' images which were used to examine from satellite images. The result obtained from the comparison with template data shows that data extraction accuracy is greater than 90%, and the extracted data can be imported into Geospatial information database. Moreover, the data can be displayed in Geospatial information Software, and it also can be searched by quantity condition and satellite image position.

  2. Development of indicators of vegetation recovery based on time series analysis of SPOT Vegetation data

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    Lhermitte, S.; Tips, M.; Verbesselt, J.; Jonckheere, I.; Van Aardt, J.; Coppin, Pol

    2005-10-01

    Large-scale wild fires have direct impacts on natural ecosystems and play a major role in the vegetation ecology and carbon budget. Accurate methods for describing post-fire development of vegetation are therefore essential for the understanding and monitoring of terrestrial ecosystems. Time series analysis of satellite imagery offers the potential to quantify these parameters with spatial and temporal accuracy. Current research focuses on the potential of time series analysis of SPOT Vegetation S10 data (1999-2001) to quantify the vegetation recovery of large-scale burns detected in the framework of GBA2000. The objective of this study was to provide quantitative estimates of the spatio-temporal variation of vegetation recovery based on remote sensing indicators. Southern Africa was used as a pilot study area, given the availability of ground and satellite data. An automated technique was developed to extract consistent indicators of vegetation recovery from the SPOT-VGT time series. Reference areas were used to quantify the vegetation regrowth by means of Regeneration Indices (RI). Two kinds of recovery indicators (time and value- based) were tested for RI's of NDVI, SR, SAVI, NDWI, and pure band information. The effects of vegetation structure and temporal fire regime features on the recovery indicators were subsequently analyzed. Statistical analyses were conducted to assess whether the recovery indicators were different for different vegetation types and dependent on timing of the burning season. Results highlighted the importance of appropriate reference areas and the importance of correct normalization of the SPOT-VGT data.

  3. Images of war: using satellite images for human rights monitoring in Turkish Kurdistan.

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    de Vos, Hugo; Jongerden, Joost; van Etten, Jacob

    2008-09-01

    In areas of war and armed conflict it is difficult to get trustworthy and coherent information. Civil society and human rights groups often face problems of dealing with fragmented witness reports, disinformation of war propaganda, and difficult direct access to these areas. Turkish Kurdistan was used as a case study of armed conflict to evaluate the potential use of satellite images for verification of witness reports collected by human rights groups. The Turkish army was reported to be burning forests, fields and villages as a strategy in the conflict against guerrilla uprising. This paper concludes that satellite images are useful to validate witness reports of forest fires. Even though the use of this technology for human rights groups will depend on some feasibility factors such as prices, access and expertise, the images proved to be key for analysis of spatial aspects of conflict and valuable for reconstructing a more trustworthy picture. PMID:18958914

  4. Bayesian network application to satellite image classification for stormwater management

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    Park, Mi-Hyun

    2004-12-01

    Proper management of stormwater runoff is required to protect receiving water quality since most wastewater sources have been treated to secondary standards or beyond. Urban stormwater runoff has become the primary source of many pollutants, which is caused by runoff from highly developed, impervious land use, and managing stormwater has become the primary objective of new regulatory efforts. However, monitoring and modeling is inherently difficult, and empirical methods to estimate stormwater pollution have been developed using land use data. Conventional land use data collecting methods from ground surveys are expensive and time consuming, and may not be available. This study demonstrated alternative approaches to use satellite image classification using Bayesian networks. The Bayesian network structure shows the most influential input variables for classification. The network also reveals the relationships among variables, which is useful when dealing with missing information. First, urban land use in the given area was classified and converted to corresponding stormwater pollutant loading maps based on the existing relationships between land use and the pollutant loads. Secondly, the pollutant loads for each water quality parameter were estimated directly from satellite imagery. The resulting thematic maps spatially estimated stormwater pollutant loadings, which identified areas generating high stormwater pollutant emissions. The results show that stormwater pollutants are highly correlated to impervious areas because of their high runoff coefficients, even when they had low event mean concentrations. These results are useful in developing best management strategies for stormwater pollution and in establishing total maximum daily loads in the watershed.

  5. An adaptive technique to maximize lossless image data compression of satellite images

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    Stewart, Robert J.; Lure, Y. M. Fleming; Liou, C. S. Joe

    1994-01-01

    Data compression will pay an increasingly important role in the storage and transmission of image data within NASA science programs as the Earth Observing System comes into operation. It is important that the science data be preserved at the fidelity the instrument and the satellite communication systems were designed to produce. Lossless compression must therefore be applied, at least, to archive the processed instrument data. In this paper, we present an analysis of the performance of lossless compression techniques and develop an adaptive approach which applied image remapping, feature-based image segmentation to determine regions of similar entropy and high-order arithmetic coding to obtain significant improvements over the use of conventional compression techniques alone. Image remapping is used to transform the original image into a lower entropy state. Several techniques were tested on satellite images including differential pulse code modulation, bi-linear interpolation, and block-based linear predictive coding. The results of these experiments are discussed and trade-offs between computation requirements and entropy reductions are used to identify the optimum approach for a variety of satellite images. Further entropy reduction can be achieved by segmenting the image based on local entropy properties then applying a coding technique which maximizes compression for the region. Experimental results are presented showing the effect of different coding techniques for regions of different entropy. A rule-base is developed through which the technique giving the best compression is selected. The paper concludes that maximum compression can be achieved cost effectively and at acceptable performance rates with a combination of techniques which are selected based on image contextual information.

  6. A decadal observation of vegetation dynamics using multi-resolution satellite images

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    Chiang, Yang-Sheng; Chen, Kun-Shan; Chu, Chang-Jen

    2012-10-01

    Vegetation cover not just affects the habitability of the earth, but also provides potential terrestrial mechanism for mitigation of greenhouse gases. This study aims at quantifying such green resources by incorporating multi-resolution satellite images from different platforms, including Formosat-2(RSI), SPOT(HRV/HRG), and Terra(MODIS), to investigate vegetation fractional cover (VFC) and its inter-/intra-annual variation in Taiwan. Given different sensor capabilities in terms of their spatial coverage and resolution, infusion of NDVIs at different scales was used to determine fraction of vegetation cover based on NDVI. Field campaign has been constantly conducted on a monthly basis for 6 years to calibrate the critical NDVI threshold for the presence of vegetation cover, with test sites covering IPCC-defined land cover types of Taiwan. Based on the proposed method, we analyzed spatio- temporal changes of VFC for the entire Taiwan Island. A bimodal sequence of VFC was observed for intra-annual variation based on MODIS data, with level around 5% and two peaks in spring and autumn marking the principal dual-cropping agriculture pattern in southwestern Taiwan. Compared to anthropogenic-prone variation, the inter-annual VFC (Aug.-Oct.) derived from HRV/HRG/RSI reveals that the moderate variations (3%) and the oscillations were strongly linked with regional climate pattern and major disturbances resulting from extreme weather events. Two distinct cycles (2002-2005 and 2005-2009) were identified in the decadal observations, with VFC peaks at 87.60% and 88.12% in 2003 and 2006, respectively. This time-series mapping of VFC can be used to examine vegetation dynamics and its response associated with short-term and long-term anthropogenic/natural events.

  7. Recurrent neural networks for automatic clustering of multispectral satellite images

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    Koprinkova-Hristova, Petia; Alexiev, Kiril; Borisova, Denitsa; Jelev, Georgi; Atanassov, Valentin

    2013-10-01

    In the present work we applied a recently developed procedure for multidimensional data clustering to multispectral satellite images. The core of our approach lays in projection of the multidimensional image to a two dimensional space. For this purpose we used extensively investigated family of recurrent artificial neural networks (RNN) called "Echo state network" (ESN). ESN incorporates a randomly generated recurrent reservoir with sigmoid nonlinearities of neurons outputs. The procedure called Intrinsic Plasticity (IP) that is aimed at reservoir output entropy maximization was applied for adapting of reservoir steady states to the multidimensional input data. Next we consider all possible combinations between steady states of each two neurons in the reservoir as two-dimensional projections of the original multidimensional data. These low dimensional projections were subjected to subtractive clustering in order to determine number and position of data clusters. Two approaches to choose a proper projection among the all possible combinations between neurons were investigated. The first one is based on the calculation of two-dimensional density distributions of each projection, determination of number of their local maxima and choice of the projections with biggest number of these maxima. The second one applies clustering to all projections and chooses those with maximum number of clusters. Multispectral data from Landsat 7 Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) instrument are used in this work. The obtained number and position of clusters of a multi-spectral image of a mountain region in Bulgaria is compared with the regional landscape classification.

  8. Improved land cover mapping using aerial photographs and satellite images

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    Varga, Katalin; Szabó, Szilárd; Szabó, Gergely; Dévai, György; Tóthmérész, Béla

    2014-10-01

    Manual Land Cover Mapping using aerial photographs provides sufficient level of resolution for detailed vegetation or land cover maps. However, in some cases it is not possible to achieve the desired information over large areas, for example from historical data where the quality and amount of available images is definitely lower than from modern data. The use of automated and semiautomated methods offers the means to identify the vegetation cover using remotely sensed data. In this paper automated methods were tested on aerial photographs and satellite images to extract better and more reliable information about vegetation cover. These testswere performed by using automated analysis of LANDSAT7 images (with and without the surface model of the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM)) and two temporally similar aerial photographs. The spectral bands were analyzed with supervised (maximum likelihood) methods. In conclusion, the SRTM and the combination of two temporally similar aerial photographs from earlier years were useful in separating the vegetation cover on a floodplain area. In addition the different date of the vegetation season also gave reliable information about the land cover. High quality information about old and present vegetation on a large area is an essential prerequisites ensuring the conservation of ecosystems

  9. Dsm Based Orientation of Large Stereo Satellite Image Blocks

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    d'Angelo, P.; Reinartz, P.

    2012-07-01

    High resolution stereo satellite imagery is well suited for the creation of digital surface models (DSM). A system for highly automated and operational DSM and orthoimage generation based on CARTOSAT-1 imagery is presented, with emphasis on fully automated georeferencing. The proposed system processes level-1 stereo scenes using the rational polynomial coefficients (RPC) universal sensor model. The RPC are derived from orbit and attitude information and have a much lower accuracy than the ground resolution of approximately 2.5 m. In order to use the images for orthorectification or DSM generation, an affine RPC correction is required. In this paper, GCP are automatically derived from lower resolution reference datasets (Landsat ETM+ Geocover and SRTM DSM). The traditional method of collecting the lateral position from a reference image and interpolating the corresponding height from the DEM ignores the higher lateral accuracy of the SRTM dataset. Our method avoids this drawback by using a RPC correction based on DSM alignment, resulting in improved geolocation of both DSM and ortho images. Scene based method and a bundle block adjustment based correction are developed and evaluated for a test site covering the nothern part of Italy, for which 405 Cartosat-1 Stereopairs are available. Both methods are tested against independent ground truth. Checks against this ground truth indicate a lateral error of 10 meters.

  10. Terrestrial Myriametric Radio Burst Observed by IMAGE and Geotail Satellites

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    Fung, Shing F.; Hashimoto, KoZo; Kojima, Hirotsugu; Boardson, Scott A.; Garcia, Leonard N.; Matsumoto, Hiroshi; Green, James L.; Reinisch, Bodo W.

    2013-01-01

    We report the simultaneous detection of a terrestrial myriametric radio burst (TMRB) by IMAGE and Geotail on 19 August 2001. The TMRB was confined in time (0830-1006 UT) and frequency (12-50kHz). Comparisons with all known nonthermal myriametric radiation components reveal that the TMRB might be a distinct radiation with a source that is unrelated to the previously known radiation. Considerations of beaming from spin-modulation analysis and observing satellite and source locations suggest that the TMRB may have a fan beamlike radiation pattern emitted by a discrete, dayside source located along the poleward edge of magnetospheric cusp field lines. TMRB responsiveness to IMF Bz and By orientations suggests that a possible source of the TMRB could be due to dayside magnetic reconnection instigated by northward interplanetary field condition.

  11. Galileo's first images of Jupiter and the Galilean satellites

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    Belton, M.J.S.; Head, J. W., III; Ingersoll, A.P.; Greeley, R.; McEwen, A.S.; Klaasen, K.P.; Senske, D.; Pappalardo, R.; Collins, G.; Vasavada, A.R.; Sullivan, R.; Simonelli, D.; Geissler, P.; Carr, M.H.; Davies, M.E.; Veverka, J.; Gierasch, P.J.; Banfield, D.; Bell, M.; Chapman, C.R.; Anger, C.; Greenberg, R.; Neukum, G.; Pilcher, C.B.; Beebe, R.F.; Burns, J.A.; Fanale, F.; Ip, W.; Johnson, T.V.; Morrison, D.; Moore, J.; Orton, G.S.; Thomas, P.; West, R.A.

    1996-01-01

    The first images of Jupiter, Io, Europa, and Ganymede from the Galileo spacecraft reveal new information about Jupiter's Great Red Spot (GRS) and the surfaces of the Galilean satellites. Features similar to clusters of thunderstorms were found in the GRS. Nearby wave structures suggest that the GRS may be a shallow atmospheric feature. Changes in surface color and plume distribution indicate differences in resurfacing processes near hot spots on lo. Patchy emissions were seen while Io was in eclipse by Jupiter. The outer margins of prominent linear markings (triple bands) on Europa are diffuse, suggesting that material has been vented from fractures. Numerous small circular craters indicate localized areas of relatively old surface. Pervasive brittle deformation of an ice layer appears to have formed grooves on Ganymede. Dark terrain unexpectedly shows distinctive albedo variations to the limit of resolution.

  12. Deformation time series at Llaima volcano, southern Andes

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    Bathke, Hannes; Walter, Thomas; Motagh, Mahdi; Shirzaei, Manoochehr

    2010-05-01

    Llaima volcano, with an edifice height of 3125 m and a volume of about 400 km³, is one of the largest and most active volcanoes in South America. Its eruptive history suggest a potential for very large and hazardous eruptions including pyroclastic flows, air falls and material remobilization in the form of lahars affecting regions even at the lower apron and beyond, posing a significant risk to civilizations, infrastructure and traffic ways. Llaima volcano is near constantly active; since the 17th century strombolian eruptions occurred at a mean frequency of one eruptive phase every five years. Although this strong activity and socioeconomic importance the source of magma, possible magma reservoirs and deformations prior to or associated with eruptions are hitherto unknown. One of the problems for establishing a monitoring system is that Llaima is difficult to access and located in vegetated and topographically rough terrain. To better understand the volcano physics, we created an InSAR time series based on the PS technique using 18 Envisat images from Dezember 2002 to November 2008. Using the StaMPS software we obtained 24,000 stable pixels in the vicinity of the volcano, that allow to investigate a spatiotemporal displacement field. Associated with the recent eruptions, we observed non-linear subsidence at the vicinity of the volcano base. We assessed the validiy of the deformation signal, using statistical tests and discussed the possible influence of athmospheric and topographic errors. To investigate the cause of the observed spatiotemporal deformation we employed an inverse source modelling approach, and simulated the dislocation source as an analytical pressurized spherical model. The inverted source can reproduce the observed deformation and allows to constrain the location of the magma reservoir under Llaima. Moreover we observed a signal might be associated to a slow landslide at the eastern flank of the volcano between December 2007 and Januar 2008. In this presentation we will give the detail of data processing, modelling and interpretation.

  13. Detection of flood events in hydrological discharge time series

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    Seibert, S. P.; Ehret, U.

    2012-04-01

    The shortcomings of mean-squared-error (MSE) based distance metrics are well known (Beran 1999, Schaeffli & Gupta 2007) and the development of novel distance metrics (Pappenberger & Beven 2004, Ehret & Zehe 2011) and multi-criteria-approaches enjoy increasing popularity (Reusser 2009, Gupta et al. 2009). Nevertheless, the hydrological community still lacks metrics which identify and thus, allow signature based evaluations of hydrological discharge time series. Signature based information/evaluations are required wherever specific time series features, such as flood events, are of special concern. Calculation of event based runoff coefficients or precise knowledge on flood event characteristics (like onset or duration of rising limp or the volume of falling limp, etc.) are possible applications. The same applies for flood forecasting/simulation models. Directly comparing simulated and observed flood event features may reveal thorough insights into model dynamics. Compared to continuous space-and-time-aggregated distance metrics, event based evaluations may provide answers like the distributions of event characteristics or the percentage of the events which were actually reproduced by a hydrological model. It also may help to provide information on the simulation accuracy of small, medium and/or large events in terms of timing and magnitude. However, the number of approaches which expose time series features is small and their usage is limited to very specific questions (Merz & Blöschl 2009, Norbiato et al. 2009). We believe this is due to the following reasons: i) a generally accepted definition of the signature of interest is missing or difficult to obtain (in our case: what makes a flood event a flood event?) and/or ii) it is difficult to translate such a definition into a equation or (graphical) procedure which exposes the feature of interest in the discharge time series. We reviewed approaches which detect event starts and/or ends in hydrological discharge time series and thereupon propose a definition for flood events of discharge time series typically found in humid central european catchments. Based on this definition (our perceptual model), we developed a fuzzy based model for the detection of event starts. The two-step approach first derives time series properties and characteristics. The second step evaluates the distributions of these characteristics and applies sampled percentile values to fuzzy membership functions which decide whether any point of the time series of interest is an event start or not. We combined the procedure of our event start detection with a slightly modified version of the constant-k approach (Blume et al. 2007). This way they allow hydrological meaningful and reproducible flood event detection in hydrological discharge time series.

  14. NORCAMA: Change analysis in SAR time series by likelihood ratio change matrix clustering

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    Su, Xin; Deledalle, Charles-Alban; Tupin, Florence; Sun, Hong

    2015-03-01

    This paper presents a likelihood ratio test based method of change detection and classification for synthetic aperture radar (SAR) time series, namely NORmalized Cut on chAnge criterion MAtrix (NORCAMA). This method involves three steps: (1) multi-temporal pre-denoising step over the whole image series to reduce the effect of the speckle noise; (2) likelihood ratio test based change criteria between two images using both the original noisy images and the denoised images; (3) change classification by a normalized cut based clustering-and-recognizing method on change criterion matrix (CCM). The experiments on both synthetic and real SAR image series show the effective performance of the proposed framework.

  15. Satellite image analysis for surveillance, vegetation and climate change

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    Cai, D Michael

    2011-01-18

    Recently, many studies have provided abundant evidence to show the trend of tree mortality is increasing in many regions, and the cause of tree mortality is associated with drought, insect outbreak, or fire. Unfortunately, there is no current capability available to monitor vegetation changes, and correlate and predict tree mortality with CO{sub 2} change, and climate change on the global scale. Different survey platforms (methods) have been used for forest management. Typical ground-based forest surveys measure tree stem diameter, species, and alive or dead. The measurements are low-tech and time consuming, but the sample sizes are large, running into millions of trees, covering large areas, and spanning many years. These field surveys provide powerful ground validation for other survey methods such as photo survey, helicopter GPS survey, and aerial overview survey. The satellite imagery has much larger coverage. It is easier to tile the different images together, and more important, the spatial resolution has been improved such that close to or even higher than aerial survey platforms. Today, the remote sensing satellite data have reached sub-meter spatial resolution for panchromatic channels (IKONOS 2: 1 m; Quickbird-2: 0.61 m; Worldview-2: 0.5 m) and meter spatial resolution for multi-spectral channels (IKONOS 2: 4 meter; Quickbird-2: 2.44 m; Worldview-2: 2 m). Therefore, high resolution satellite imagery can allow foresters to discern individual trees. This vital information should allow us to quantify physiological states of trees, e.g. healthy or dead, shape and size of tree crowns, as well as species and functional compositions of trees. This is a powerful data resource, however, due to the vast amount of the data collected daily, it is impossible for human analysts to review the imagery in detail to identify the vital biodiversity information. Thus, in this talk, we will discuss the opportunities and challenges to use high resolution satellite imagery and machine learning theory to monitor tree mortality at the level of individual trees.

  16. Investigating chaos in river stage and discharge time series

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    Khatibi, Rahman; Sivakumar, Bellie; Ghorbani, Mohammad Ali; Kisi, Ozgur; Koçak, Kasim; Farsadi Zadeh, Davod

    2012-01-01

    SummaryThe existence of chaotic behaviour in the river stage and discharge time series observed at the Sogutluhan hydrometric station, Turkey, is investigated. Five nonlinear dynamic methods are employed: (1) phase space reconstruction; (2) False Nearest Neighbour (FNN) algorithm; (3) correlation dimension method; (4) Lyapunov exponent method; and (5) local approximation method. These methods have their bases on data embedding, nearest neighbour search, dimensionality analysis, system divergence/convergence, and local approximation and have varying levels of sophistication in conceptualisation and implementation. They provide either direct identification of chaotic behaviour or at least facilitate identification through system reconstruction, complexity determination (especially in terms of dimensionality), and prediction (including predictability horizon). As the discharge data used in this study are produced by rating directly gauged stage time series, it becomes feasible to investigate any interference triggered by chaotic signals with the rating. The results indicate the existence of low-dimensional chaos in the two time series. They also suggest that the rating of the stage time series to obtain the discharge time series amplifies significantly the fluctuations in the latter in the presence of chaotic signals.

  17. Multitask Gaussian processes for multivariate physiological time-series analysis.

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    Dürichen, Robert; Pimentel, Marco A F; Clifton, Lei; Schweikard, Achim; Clifton, David A

    2015-01-01

    Gaussian process (GP) models are a flexible means of performing nonparametric Bayesian regression. However, GP models in healthcare are often only used to model a single univariate output time series, denoted as single-task GPs (STGP). Due to an increasing prevalence of sensors in healthcare settings, there is an urgent need for robust multivariate time-series tools. Here, we propose a method using multitask GPs (MTGPs) which can model multiple correlated multivariate physiological time series simultaneously. The flexible MTGP framework can learn the correlation between multiple signals even though they might be sampled at different frequencies and have training sets available for different intervals. Furthermore, prior knowledge of any relationship between the time series such as delays and temporal behavior can be easily integrated. A novel normalization is proposed to allow interpretation of the various hyperparameters used in the MTGP. We investigate MTGPs for physiological monitoring with synthetic data sets and two real-world problems from the field of patient monitoring and radiotherapy. The results are compared with standard Gaussian processes and other existing methods in the respective biomedical application areas. In both cases, we show that our framework learned the correlation between physiological time series efficiently, outperforming the existing state of the art. PMID:25167541

  18. A Simple Flow Time Series Estimation (FTSE) Tool

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    Dai, T.; Paul, S.; Bressler, D. W.

    2005-05-01

    We developed a tool to estimate daily flow time series at ungaged locations based on the neighboring flow gage stations. The tool is composed of two components: (1) an ArcView GIS interface to analyze spatially distributed data, and (2) a Microsoft Excel based flow time series generator. The GIS component processes the spatially distributed input data such as land use, soil, elevation, and weather station locations and determines the hydrologic parameters including drainage area, mean curve number, mean vegetation cover factor, and elevation for both gaged and ungaged locations. The flow time series generator calculates the flow time series at the ungaged locations using a simple hydrologic model that takes consideration of both the landscape information and daily weather information (precipitation and mean temperature). The estimated flows are used to automatically calculate indicators of hydrologic alteration for ecosystems. These indicators provide significant information regarding surface and ground water features that influence aquatic, wetland, and riparian ecosystems. The tool was used to estimate flow time series and, subsequently, the hydrologic alteration indicators at about 1300 locations in the Baltimore-Washington DC region for a comparative biological assessment study.