Department Surface Waters - Research and Management

Environmental indicators from satellite data

Between 2014 and 2018, the first six Earth observation satellites of the European Copernicus program have been put into operation. This unparalleled satellite fleet gathers 12 terabytes of data every day, providing new opportunities and challenges for users. To limit the duplication and transmission of storage-intensive raw data, several Data and Information Access Services (DIAS) provide virtual workspaces with direct data access and appropriate computing power.

Using the EUMETSAT, ECMWF and Mercator Océan DIAS, we are able to access Sentinel-2 and Sentinel-3 data, process them with different algorithms and distribute them to end users. This allows, for example, the timely use in the planning of field measurements, or the specific query of data in connection with historical events or reference data. The software used is implemented in Python and is being developed further for additional applications in collaboration with scientists from the Remote Sensing of Water Systems Group.


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