16-20 September 2019
Kantary Hills Hotel, Chiang Mai
Asia/Bangkok timezone

Monitoring of an invasive weed from space

19 Sep 2019, 11:00
Kantary Hills Hotel, Chiang Mai

Kantary Hills Hotel, Chiang Mai

44, 44/1-4 Nimmanhaemin Road, Soi 12, Suthep, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand


Dr. Rene Breton (University of Manchester)


In this talk I will present our work on the monitoring of an invasive weed called Parthenium, which spreads very quickly across Pakistan and can destroy a significant fraction of the crops if not actively controlled. Our research looks into implementing a new approach which relies on enabling large-scale monitoring using satellite imaging and taps on skills borrowed from astrophysics. We use extensive ground truth data in order to train machine learning algorithms to recognise the subtle signature of the plant as viewed from space at low resolution. Our work, still in progress, shows promising results demonstrating that we might indeed be able to track this weed from space.

Primary author

Dr. Rene Breton (University of Manchester)

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