Preparing Sentinel-2 exploitation for agriculture monitoring


Agriculture is a key remote sensing application with high requirements. Short-term observation requirements in a global perspective for agriculture monitoring were tentatively defined by the GEO Agricultural Monitoring Community of Practice. More particulalry, the critical importance of the decameter resolution capabilities was highlighted to cover the whole diversity of the agricultural landscapes.

The Sentinel-2 mission therefore represents a unique opportunity:  its 10-20m spatial resolution, its 5-day revisit frequency, its global coverage and its compatibility to the Landsat missions offer new opportunities for regional to global agriculture monitoring.

In this context, the Sentinel-2 for Agriculture (Sen2-Agri) project has been launched by ESA, as a major contribution to the R&D and national capacity building components of the GEOGLAM initiative and to the JECAM network activities.

The Sen2-Agri project is designed to develop, demonstrate and facilitate the Sentinel-2 time series contribution to the satellite EO component of agriculture monitoring. The project will demonstrate the benefit of the Sentinel-2 mission for the agriculture domain across a range of crops and agricultural practices.

The project objectives are to provide validated algorithms, open source code and best practices to process Sentinel-2 data in an operational manner for major worldwide representative agriculture systems distributed all over the world.

Carried out in the context of the Data User Element (DUE) programme, the entire project is driven by a user-oriented approach in order to address concrete user needs and requirements.