Rapid crop cover mapping for the conterminous United States

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Timely crop cover maps with sufficient resolution are important components to various environmental planning and research applications. Through the modification and use of a previously developed crop classification model (CCM), which was originally developed to generate historical annual crop cover maps, we hypothesized that such crop cover maps could be generated rapidly during the growing season. Through a process of incrementally removing weekly and monthly independent variables from the CCM and implementing a ‘two model mapping’ approach, we found it viable to generate conterminous United States-wide rapid crop cover maps at a resolution of 250 m for the current year by the month of September. In this approach, we divided the CCM model into one ‘crop type model’ to handle the classification of nine specific crops and a second, binary model to classify the presence or absence of ‘other’ crops. Under the two model mapping approach, the training errors were 0.8% and 1.5% for the crop type and binary model, respectively, while test errors were 5.5% and 6.4%, respectively. With spatial mapping accuracies for annual maps reaching upwards of 70%, this approach demonstrated a strong potential for generating rapid crop cover maps by the 1st of September.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Rapid crop cover mapping for the conterminous United States
Series title Scientific Reports
DOI 10.1038/s41598-018-26284-w
Volume 8
Year Published 2018
Language English
Publisher Nature
Contributing office(s) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center
Description Article number: 8631; 12 p.
Country United States
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