AbstractSmall island states formed by atolls such as Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu require useful and efficiency method of coastal monitoring for coastal management because of lack of human resources and budget. In atoll islands, the identification of shape of sandy beach and temporally accumulation area of sand has high importance in coastal management. In this study, neural network model to classify the aerial photographs pictured by UAV was established for identifying the sand area in the coastal zone of Fongafale island in Funafuti atoll, Tuvalu. Photographs of coastal sediments especially sand, in Fongafale island were collected by digital camera. These photographs were used to make the data set for training and testing of the constructed neural network model. Additionally, aerial photographs pictured by UAV were collected to apply to the constructed neural network model. In this study the convolution neural network was constructed to classify the aerial photographs.
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