Accessible platform for remote sensing data in progress

VITO and its Flemish partner Spacebel want to make remote sensing and time series more accessible through an online platform. Policy-makers, researchers and companies will be able to configure parameters to request products and information they can apply in a useful manner.

The technical possibilities of remote sensing continue to grow. For example, many satellites, such as SPOT-VEGETATION, MERIS or MODIS, have collected interesting time series in the past few years. In the future, even more satellite data at a higher resolution will be provided, thanks to satellites such as PROBA-V, Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3.

In order to make this multitude of data widely accessible, VITO and the Flemish company Spacebel (specialised in software development for remote sensing) are working on an online platform for vegetation monitoring: ESE, short for European Support Environment Enhancements. Through the platform, users can request information on vegetation growth, harvest predictions and other parameters, which they can set themselves. The input for the platform comes from actual satellite images as well as images from the VITO archive for remote sensing, which has been collecting and processing satellite data since 1998. Another possibility is to test new algorithms for observation software through the ESE platform. Through open standards, VITO's data can be simultaneously processed and compared with observation images from other providers. 
 

VITO's role

VITO is responsible for the technical execution of the ESE project. Among other things, it has created an overview of possible uses and requisites for the platform, is developing the software together with Spacebel and will demonstrate the ESE platform in 2015 through three pilot projects. 

ESE: facts & figures
  • Partner project of VITO and Spacebel
  • Duration: November 2012 - December 2015
  • Budget: €2,000,000
     
Through the platform, users can request information on vegetation growth, harvest predictions and other parameters, which they can set themselves.