TERRASCOPE Sentinel data now readily available for all Belgian users

The Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) has just launched TERRASCOPE, the Belgian entry point to the EU Copernicus Sentinel satellites data.

It takes advantage of existing infrastructure that Belgium built up for the SPOT-VEGETATION and PROBA-V missions. From now on TERRASCOPE will offer its users following products and services:

  • Sentinel imagery;
  • Information products derived from Sentinel imagery;
  • Computing power for third parties to use to generate their own information products.

TERRASCOPE aims to be a flexible and dynamic platform which should allow for new developments resulting from collaboration between Belgian partners in dialogue with BELSPO.

BELSPO is dedicated to encourage Belgian users to work with Sentinel data.

To better understand which products our Belgian users need and how to would like to see TERRASCOPE evolve, we invite each of you to complete the TERRASCOPE survey.



Sentinel‑5P: Air quality-monitoring satellite in orbit

The first Copernicus mission dedicated to monitoring our atmosphere, Sentinel‑5P, has been launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northern Russia.

The 820 kg satellite was carried into orbit on a Rockot launcher at 09:27 GMT (11:27 CEST) on 13 October 2017.

The mission is one of six families of dedicated missions that make up the core of Europe’s Copernicus environmental monitoring network. Copernicus relies on the Sentinels and contributing missions to provide data for monitoring the environment and supporting civil security activities. Sentinel-5P carries the state-of-the-art Tropomi to do just that.

Developed jointly by ESA and the Netherlands Space Office, Tropomi will map a multitude of trace gases such as nitrogen dioxide, ozone, formaldehyde, sulphur dioxide, methane, carbon monoxide and aerosols – all of which affect the air we breathe and therefore our health, and our climate.

Sentinel-5P was developed to reduce data gaps between the Envisat satellite – in particular the Sciamachy instrument – and the launch of Sentinel-5, and to complement the GOME-2 sensor on the MetOp satellite.

“Having Sentinel-5P in orbit will give us daily and global views at our atmosphere with a precision we never had before,” said Josef Aschbacher, ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes.

“Our historic data records, together with the long-term perspective of the Copernicus satellite programme, opens the doors for generating datasets spanning decades – a prerequisite to understanding our ever-changing Earth. ”

In the future, both the geostationary Sentinel-4 and polar-orbiting Sentinel‑5 missions will monitor the composition of the atmosphere for Copernicus Atmosphere Services. Both missions will be carried on meteorological satellites operated by Eumetsat.

Until then, the Sentinel-5P mission will play a key role in monitoring and tracking air pollution.

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Space for Cities initiative - Eurisy Survey

Are you a local/regional administration, a private company or an NGO operating in cities?

Do you use satellite services to provide better services in cities?

You don’t use satellite services but would like to know more about them?

We need your feedback! Take 5 minutes to reply to the Eurisy survey and be part of the “Space for Cities initiative”! 

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Sentinel-2 cloudless mosaic: the first global (almost) cloud-free view of planet

Source: Copernicus Observer

About 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface is covered by clouds any given day. Imagery obtained by satellite sensors operating in the visible light range is constantly constrained by clouds blocking the view of the surface of the Earth and shadows obscuring or distorting features on the ground.
These shadows and clouds can often ruin the acquired satellite imagery in regards to requirements. So how can we get a global cloud-free view of the Earth through using Sentinel-2?

EOX IT Services, an Austrian Open Source solution provider for Earth Observation services, has implemented a methodical process crafting an almost cloudless Sentinel-2 map of the world, which has been viewed more than 450,000 times during the last two weeks on the company’s website.

This Sentinel-2 cloudless layer combines over 80 trillion pixels collected under various weather conditions between May 2016 and April 2017 (images of Northern hemisphere’s mosaics were taken between May and September 2016, while the Southern hemisphere images were taken between November 2016 and March 2017). The pixels were then merged into a sunny homogeneous mosaic, free of any cloud cover.

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IGARSS will come in Brussels in 2021

As co-organizer, BELSPO STEREO team is very proud to announce that the organisation of IGARSS 2021 has been awarded to the Low Countries (Belgium and The Netherlands).

IGARSS (IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium) is one of the most important international meetings in the field of remote sensing attracting thousands of scientists all over the world.

The event will take place in Brussels on July 11-16 July 2021.

It's a great opportunity for our countries and our scientific communities.

The Local Organising Committee hopes that you will turn out en masse to present your work
to the international community and make it a fun event!

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