Multi-Sensor All-Weather Mapping – OLD

SN6: Multi-Sensor All-Weather Mapping

The Problem

Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) is a unique form of radar that can penetrate clouds, collect during all- weather conditions, and capture data day and night. Overhead collects from SAR satellites could be particularly valuable in the quest to aid disaster response in instances where weather and cloud cover can obstruct traditional electro-optical sensors. However, despite these advantages, there is limited open data available to researchers to explore the effectiveness of SAR for such applications, particularly at ultra-high resolutions.

The task of SpaceNet 6 is to automatically extract building footprints with computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms using a combination of SAR and electro-optical imagery datasets. This openly-licensed dataset features a unique combination of half-meter Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imagery from Capella Space and half-meter electro-optical (EO) imagery from Maxar’s WorldView 2 satellite. The area of interest for this challenge will be centered over the largest port in Europe: Rotterdam, the Netherlands. This area features thousands of buildings, vehicles, and boats of various sizes, to make an effective test bed for SAR and the fusion of these two types of data.

In this challenge, the training dataset contains both SAR and EO imagery, however, the testing and scoring datasets contain only SAR data. Consequently, the EO data can be used for pre-processing the SAR data in some fashion, such as colorization, domain adaptation, or image translation, but cannot be used to directly map buildings. The dataset is structured to mimic real-world scenarios where historical EO data may be available, but concurrent EO collection with SAR is often not possible due to inconsistent orbits of the sensors, or cloud cover that will render the EO data unusable.

Check back on February 18 when pre-registration for the challenge opens on Topcoder!

The Data – Over 120 sq km of both high resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data and electro optical (EO) imagery with ~48,000 building footprint labels of Rotterdam, The Netherlands

AOI Area of Raster (Sq. Km) Building Footprint Labels (Km)
AOI_11_Rotterdam 120 48,000


The data is hosted on AWS as a Public Dataset. It is free to download, but an AWS account is required.
aws s3 ls s3://spacenet-dataset/spacenet/SN6_buildings/

Training Data

AOI 11 – Rotterdam – Buildings

To download processed ~450mx450m tiles with associated buildings footprint labels of AOI 11 Rotterdam (39.0 GB):

aws s3 cp s3://spacenet-dataset/spacenet/SN6_buildings/tarballs/train.tar.gz .

Testing Data

AOI 11 – Rotterdam – Buildings

To download processed 450mx450m tiles of AOI 11 Rotterdam (16.9 GB):

aws s3 cp s3://spacenet-dataset/spacenet/SN6_buildings/tarballs/test_public.tar.gz .

The Metric

In the SpaceNet Multi-Sensor All-Weather Mapping Challenge, the metric for ranking entries is the SpaceNet Metric. This metric is an F1-Score based on the intersection over union of two building footprints with a threshold of 0.5 F1-Score is calculated by taking the total True Positives, False Positives, and False Negatives for the total number of building footprints present in the testing datasets.