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Sentinels for science: Potential of Sentinel-1, -2, and -3 missions for scientific observations of ocean, cryosphere, and land


Malenovský, Z; Rott, H; Cihlar, J; Schaepman, M E; García-Santos, G; Fernandes, R; Berger, M (2012). Sentinels for science: Potential of Sentinel-1, -2, and -3 missions for scientific observations of ocean, cryosphere, and land. Remote Sensing of Environment, 120:91-101.

Abstract

The Sentinel-1, -2, and -3 satellite missions can meet various observational needs for spatially explicit physical, biogeophysical, and biological variables of the ocean, cryosphere, and land research activities. The currently known observational requirements were extracted from documents produced by major international scientific projects and programs. The summarized observational needs were then cross-referenced with the capabilities of the planned sensors aboard of the first three Sentinels. A comparative analysis, also incorporating scientific challenges of the ESA Living Planet Programme and the Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), resulted in a preliminary scientific priority assessment of the reviewed environmental variables. Results of these activities, discussed and consolidated in March 2011 at the Sentinels for Science (SEN4SCI) scientific workshop, demonstrate the high potential of the Sentinel-1, -2, and -3 missions for systematic, long-term observations of the Earth system.

Abstract

The Sentinel-1, -2, and -3 satellite missions can meet various observational needs for spatially explicit physical, biogeophysical, and biological variables of the ocean, cryosphere, and land research activities. The currently known observational requirements were extracted from documents produced by major international scientific projects and programs. The summarized observational needs were then cross-referenced with the capabilities of the planned sensors aboard of the first three Sentinels. A comparative analysis, also incorporating scientific challenges of the ESA Living Planet Programme and the Essential Climate Variables (ECVs), resulted in a preliminary scientific priority assessment of the reviewed environmental variables. Results of these activities, discussed and consolidated in March 2011 at the Sentinels for Science (SEN4SCI) scientific workshop, demonstrate the high potential of the Sentinel-1, -2, and -3 missions for systematic, long-term observations of the Earth system.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:English
Date:2012
Deposited On:04 Jul 2012 07:54
Last Modified:07 Dec 2017 14:21
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0034-4257
Additional Information:SEN4SCI paper is in special Sentinel issue of RSE and there is copyright of Elsevier on this publication. Nevertheless, everyone can download for free original documents used to prepare this paper at the following microsite: http://sciencedirect.verticalsearchworks.com/EN/Microsites/1/European+Space+Agency/the-sentinel-missions-new-opportunities-for-science
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rse.2011.09.026
Related URLs:http://sciencedirect.verticalsearchworks.com/EN/Microsites/1/European+Space+Agency/the-sentinel-missions-new-opportunities-for-science

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