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Paper title Exploiting Spatial and Temporal Information with ConvLSTM Networks for Cloud Detection over Landmarks
  1. Dan López-Puigdollers Image Processing Laboratory (IPL), University of Valencia Speaker
  2. Adrian Perez University of Valencia
  3. Gonzalo Mateo-García Frontier Development Lab / Universidad de Valencia
  4. Luis Gómez-Chova Image Processing Laboratory, University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Form of presentation Poster
  • C1. AI and Data Analytics
    • C1.07 ML4Earth: Machine Learning for Earth Sciences
Abstract text This work explores cloud detection on time series of Earth observation satellite images through deep learning methods. In the past years, machine learning based techniques have demonstrated excellent performance in classification tasks compared with threshold-based methods using spectral characteristics of satellite images [1]. In this study, we use MSG/SEVIRI data acquired during one year with a 15-min temporal resolution on 13 landmarks distributed in different geographic locations with diverse properties and scenarios. In particular, we implement an end-to-end deep learning network, which consists of a U-Net segmentation CNN network [2] coupled to a long short-term memory (LSTM) layer [3], called ConvLSTM [4]. The network design aims to exploit the spatial information contained in the images and the temporal dynamics of the time series simultaneously to provide state-of-the-art classification results. Regarding the experimental results, we address several related problems. On the one hand, we provide a comparison of the proposed network with other standard baselines such as an ensemble of SVM [5] and other recurrent models such as convRNN [6]. On the other hand, we want to validate the robustness of the proposed method by training with data from all the available landmarks except the landmark used for the evaluation. Then, the network is fine tuned to measure its generalization and global fitness through the impact on the performance metrics. Other secondary objectives of the work consist of evaluating different training strategies of the implemented model through architecture modifications, e.g. measuring the impact of removing the batch normalization layers. Moreover, we have evaluated two different strategies for training the ConvLSTM. The standard way consists in training from scratch the full network at once. However, we achieve better performance with a two-phase training, i.e. training first the CNN part and then training the full network from the CNN weights in an end-to-end manner. Provided results show interesting insights about the nature of the image time series and its relation to network architecture and training.

Keywords: convolutional neural networks, CNN, LSTM, landmarks, MSG/SEVIRI, cloud detection.

Acknowledgements: This work was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation under the project PID2019-109026RB-I00.

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