Machine Learning in GIS : Land Use Land Cover Image Analysis

Become Expert in advanced Remote Sensing and GIS pixel- and object-based image analysis in Google Earth Engine & QGIS

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3.5 hours


Oct 2020

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What you will learn

Fully understand advanced methods of Land use and Land Cover (LULC) Mapping in QGIS and Google Earth Engine

Learn how to perform such advanced methods as object based image analysis (OBIA) and object-based classification using real-world data in QGIS

Further advanced your skills in the most popular open-source GIS and Remote Sensing software tools (QGIS)

Learn how to obtain satellite data, apply image pre-processing, create training and validation data for OBIA in QGIS and Google Earth Engine

Apply advanced Machine Learning image classification algorithms

Create and download LULC maps for your report

Explore the power of Google Earth Engine for image analysis

You'll also have plenty of handy hints and tips will be provided alongside the code to prevent glitches

You'll have a copy of the labs’ step-by-step manuals used in the course for your reference to use in your analysis.


[Advanced] Land Use/Land Cover mapping with Machine Learning

This course is designed to take users who use QGIS for basic geospatial data/GIS/Remote Sensing analysis to perform more advanced geospatial analysis tasks including object-based image analysis using a variety of different data and applying Machine Learning state of the art algorithms. In addition to making you proficient in QGIS for spatial data analysis, you will be introduced to another powerful processing toolbox – Orfeo Toolbox and to the exciting capabilities of Google Earth Engine!

I'm very excited that you found my LULC Advanced course. This course is designed to equip you with the practical knowledge of advanced Land Use and Land Cover (LULC) mapping, which is one of the core skills for any Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing analyst. By the end of the course, you will feel confident and completely understand and apply advanced Geospatial analysis including performing Machine Learning algorithms for land use and land cover mapping and learning object-based image analysis and basics of segmentation. All this you will be able to carry out on the real data in one of the most popular GIS software which is QGIS and Google Earth Engine.

This course is different from other training resources. Each lecture seeks to enhance your GIS and Remote Sensing skills in a demonstrable and easy-to-follow manner and provide you with practically implementable solutions. You’ll be able to start analyzing spatial data for your own projects, and gain appreciation from your future employers with your advances GIS skills and knowledge of the cutting edge LULC techniques.

In the course, you will be able to learn how to carry out all stages of LULC mapping from acquiring satellite data to assessing the accuracy of your map and design a beautiful change map readily available to be inserted in your document or report.

The course is ideal for professionals such as geographers, programmers, social scientists, geologists, and all other experts who need to use LULC maps in their field and would like to learn fundamentals of LULC and change detection in GIS. If you're planning to undertake a task that requires to use a state of the art classification algorithms for creating, for instance, land cover and land use maps, this course will give you the confidence you need to understand and solve such geospatial problem.

One important part of the course is the practical exercises. You will be given some precise instructions, codes, and datasets to create LULC maps and change maps using the QGIS software and Google Earth Engine.

In this course, I include downloadable practical materials that will teach you:

- How to install open source GIS software (QGIS and Orfeo toolbox) on your computer and correctly configure it

- QGIS software interface including its main components and plug-ins

- Learn how to classify satellite images with different machine learning algorithms in QGIS

- Learn how to perform training, validation data collection and accuracy assessment

- Learn how to perform object-based image analysis

- Learn how to perform object-based crop type mapping in QGIS

- Learn how to run supervised and unsupervised Machine Learning Algorithms in Google Earth Engine

INCLUDED IN THE COURSE: You will have access to all the data used in the course, along with the Java code files. You will also have access to future resources. Enroll in the course today & take advantage of these special materials!


Machine Learning in GIS : Land Use Land Cover Image Analysis
Machine Learning in GIS : Land Use Land Cover Image Analysis
Machine Learning in GIS : Land Use Land Cover Image Analysis
Machine Learning in GIS : Land Use Land Cover Image Analysis




Software used in this course

Overview: Software used in this course

Lab: Installing QGIS and install SCP

Lab: Sign In to Google Earth Engine

Orfeo Toolbox installation

Advanced LULC methods with open spurce software and tools

Section Overview

Introduction to Machine Learning

Basics of machine learning for classification analysis

Unsupervised (K-means) image analysis in QGIS

Common algorithms of image classification

Random Forest classification in OTB

SVM classification in OTB

DT classification in OTB

Accuracy Assessment

Image Classification in Google Earth Engine

Section Overview

Import images and their visualization in Google Earth Engine

Unsupervised (K-means) image analysis in Google Earth Engine

Random Forest Supervised CLassification in Earth Engine

Accuracy Assessment in Earth Engine

Object-based crop classification with Machine Learning algorithms in QGIS

Section Overview

Object-based image classification (OBIA) VS pixel-based image classification

Introduction to object-based image classification in QGIS

Feature Extraction for object-based crop classification

Training of Machine learning Classifiers for object-based crop classification

Object-based crop classification with Machine Learning algorithms in QGIS

Object-based image classification with training data creation

Section Overview

Segmentation of high-resolution satellite image

Creating training data from satellite image based on the segmented layer

Object-based image classification with the Machine Learning algorithm

Final Project

Final Project Description



Anja31 December 2020

Wow! Very informative. I learned a lot about Machine Learning in GIS from this course, I WOULD RECOMMEND this course.

Olha30 December 2020

The course was very insightful and knowledgeable. It was easy to understand and follow through with the course and the assessments provided enhanced my understanding.

Анастасия18 December 2020

The course contains valuable information that is ideal for practical use. The instructor is knowledgeable about the subject and her delivery techniques are highly engaging.

Айнур17 December 2020

I really appreciate this GIS course which makes me closer to my goal and helps me with my GIS career. Thanks.

María30 November 2020

Since some of the final results shown in this course don't provide a high level of accuracy, it would have been good to include as well some tips in order to improve the corresponding output. Otherwise you need to go for further courses, and that is a bit dissapointing.

Vytautas21 November 2020

I am getting familiar with QGIS and the ML/AI tools. I found that most of the additional add-ins listed like Accuracy Assessment were not available any more, or if they were they were not compatible with the QGIS version I downloaded (3.16) . I didn't want to install an old version of QGIS. However, I expect that I will find the replacement/equivalent add-ins when I have to. In any case, sorting out software installs and problems with versions is just a normal part of using software.

Mohammad17 November 2020

Fantastic, do not miss this course Amazing training I am using this course for my master's thesis. Kate Allison has excellent teaching and teaches well in this course. Thank You, Kate Allison Please Provide more courses in this field.

Poduri8 July 2020

Now I am able to work with GEE and OTB in QGIS. It was really great session and enjoyed learning machine learning tools.

Elangovan26 June 2020

Learnt about machine learning and to apply it for satellite imagery classification using QGIS and Google Earth Engine

Muhammad20 June 2020

1. The presentation is little bit boring 2. Automatic english caption is wrong sometimes. 3. Good comprehensive topic on Orfeo Toolbox 4. Good comprehensive topic on Google Earth Engine 5. Need more explaination about remote sensing technology such Landsat, Sentinel, type of each satellite's bands.

Jessie29 May 2020

It is really a well-elaborated course covering the topic of MAchine learning and object-based image analysis in great detail and precise instructions!

Ayad28 May 2020

This is another valued course from the distinguished remote sensing & GIS expert, Ms. Kate Alison. This course leads the participants from scratch to a level where they can be able to perform object-based image classification using machine learning algorithms, and to apply land-use land-cover (LULC) analysis using QGIS. This course is valuable and beneficial for the geosciences and engineering students and faculty members as well. It includes theoretical and practical lectures and the required resources to perform the practical exercises. Additionally, I recommend this course to who is interested in environmental monitoring, urban planning, geoinformatics, and LULC change detection. Thanks a lot, Kate!

Robert28 May 2020

I have a great experience with the course. Very useful for those who want to learn Machine Learning for land use mapping in GIS. I really liked a section on object-based image analysis in Orfeo Toolbox. The idea to provide training on both QGIS and Google Earth ENgine is excellent!


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