Automatic processing of remotely sensed data has to date been constrained to using training sets to classify a small number of categories within the context of a limited geographical area.

In order to promote a more flexible user-oriented data processing system, a hierarchical taxonomic structure is proposed. This structure incorporates data inputs from several different sensors together with a priori information on the characteristics of different materials of interest to facilitate efficient design of feature sets to classify those materials. A Boolean approach may be used to assign these feature sets including both spectral and spatial criteria to different hierarchical levels.

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