I'm working on a project for next year, and I've decided to be a little ambitious. One of the features I would like to have is the ability for my project to analyse an area of the earth (from Google Earth or a good atlas) and determine the nature of the vegetation in the area. However I've never done any image processing, so I would appreciate it if somebody could point me in the right direction.
I would specifically like to know any of the following:
1) What features would I be looking for?
2) What extraction algorithms do you suggest?
3) How would I disambiguate between vegetation that appears similar?
Thank in advance,