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EODIP 4 & 5 - Living Maps - SD1705

The project will produce broad-scale habitat maps or ‘living maps’ derived from earth observation data for the 25 year plan landscape and catchment pioneer areas, working closely with these areas to improve the land cover data available to support natural capital projects.
The objectives of this work are to:
• Develop and test a cost effective model for the creation of living maps that can be rolled out across the whole of England and to build Natural England’s capability to deliver this.

• Make use of freely available Sentinel 1 and Sentinel 2 imagery as well as ancillary datasets including EAs Integrated Height Model, RPAs’ Rural Land Registry parcels, FC’s National Forest Inventory, OS’s Vector Map layers, EODIP crop mapping layers and SSSI and Environmental Stewardship monitoring data.

• Replicate image processing and object-based classification steps currently done using commercial remote sensing software with open source alternatives, in particular the R language for statistical computing.

• Test the development of mathematical models based on training data to predict the probability for each habitat class, including use of regression models vs manual rule creation and establish methods to refine outputs to address poor model fit and incorporate feedback.
• Document all processing steps and scripts and build capability across the project team.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : SD1705 Final Report   (3318k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2016

To: 2017

Cost: £50,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Natural England