Webcam2Satellite: Estimating Cloud Maps from Webcam Imagery

Calvin Murdock, Nathan Jacobs, Robert Pless


We consider the problem of estimating the current satellite cloud map from a collection of broadly distributed, ground-based webcams. The approach uses historical, geo-referenced satellite imagery to learn a mapping between the satellite image and the ground imagery. We explore representational choices for inferring the cloud status based on the ground-level imagery and consider several alternatives for spatially interpolating these sparse measurements to give a complete map. Proof of concept results show that this gives plausible estimates of satellite imagery.

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