Machine learning for the detection of oil spills in satellite radar images

Miroslav Kubat, Robert C. Holte, Stan Matwin

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During a project examining the use of machine learning techniques for oil spill detection, we encountered several essential questions that we believe deserve the attention of the research community. We use our particular case study to illustrate such issues as problem formulation, selection of evaluation measures, and data preparation. We relate these issues to properties of the oil spill application, such as its imbalanced class distribution, that are shown to be common to many applications. Our solutions to these issues are implemented in the Canadian Environmental Hazards Detection System (CEHDS), which is about to undergo field testing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-215
Number of pages21
JournalMachine Learning
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Classification
  • Inductive learning
  • Methodology
  • Radar images

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Control and Systems Engineering


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