DOI: 10.1101/483222Nov 29, 2018Paper

Habitat-Net: Segmentation of habitat images using deep learning

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Jesse F AbramsAnirban Mukhopadhyay


Understanding environmental factors that influence forest health, as well as the occurrence and abundance of wildlife, is a central topic in forestry and ecology. However, the manual processing of field habitat data is time consuming and months are often needed to progress from data collection to data interpretation. Computer-assisted tools, such as deep-learning applications can significantly shortening the time to process the data while maintaining a high level of accuracy. Here, we propose Habitat-Net: a novel method based on Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN) to segment habitat images of tropical rainforests. Habitat-Net takes color images as input and after multiple layers of convolution and deconvolution, produces a binary segmentation of the input image. We worked on two different types of habitat datasets that are widely used in ecological studies to characterize the forest conditions: canopy closure and understory vegetation. We trained the model with 800 canopy images and 700 understory images separately and then used 149 canopy and 172 understory images to test the performance of Habitat-Net. We compared the performance of Habitat-Net with a simple threshold based method, a manual processing by a second researcher a...Continue Reading

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