Segmenting clouds from space : a hybrid multispectral classification algorithm for satellite imagery.
This paper reports on a novel approach to atmospheric cloud segmentation from a space based multi-spectral pushbroom satellite system. The satellite collects 15 spectral bands ranging from visible, 0.45 um, to long wave infra-red (IR), 10.7um. The images are radiometrically calibrated and have ground sample distances (GSD) of 5 meters for visible to very near IR bands and a GSD of 20 meters for near IR to long wave IR. The algorithm consists of a hybrid-classification system in the sense that supervised and unsupervised networks are used in conjunction. For performance evaluation, a series of numerical comparisons to human derivedmore »