How Does Land Cover Classification in Google Earth Engine Compare with Traditional Methods of Land Cover Classification? What Are the Tradeoffs?
The project focuses on comparing land cover classification of traditional methods such as ArcGIS with newer ones such as Google Earth Engine (GEE) as well as discussing any potential tradeoffs. Two studies were performed in both platforms, the first involved analyzing land cover change in the Middle Rio Grande (MRG) region of southern New Mexico, far west Texas, and northern Chihuahua, Mexico. The MRG study focused on urban and agricultural change in the region using two different classification methods. The second study focused on creating a post-hurricane damage assessment (PDA) with the goal of developing an automated method of estimating the location and quantity of debris (focusing on trees). Overall, the research shows the pros and cons of each platform as well as which is better given user’s overall standing in terms of equipment, prior experience, project size, and time constraints.
Environmental science|Information Technology|Geographic information science
Reyes, Carlos Sebastian, "How Does Land Cover Classification in Google Earth Engine Compare with Traditional Methods of Land Cover Classification? What Are the Tradeoffs?" (2021). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI28541005.