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Explore the first map of the world based on Sentinel-2 data

on 14 September 2017

The free and open data from Europe’s Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellites has been used to create a global and almost cloudless map of the world, which can be accessed here. The Sentinel-2 cloudless layer combines over 80 trillion pixels collected during different weather conditions between May 2016 and April 2017.

Sentinel-2 is part of the European Copernicus programme, the result of close collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Commission, industry, service providers and data users.

The Sentinel-2 mission is based on a constellation of two identical satellites in the same orbit: Sentinel-2A, launched on 23 June 2015 and Sentinel-2B launched on 7 March 2017. Sentinel-2 can be used to monitor plant growth and also to map changes in­­­ land cover and to monitor the world’s forests. It also provides information on pollution in lakes and coastal waters. Images of natural disasters such as floods, volcanic eruptions and landslides contribute to helping humanitarian relief efforts.

As an ESA Member State and a European Union country, Romania contributes to and benefits from the Copernicus programme. The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) frequently organises activities in Romania to stimulate participation in Earth Observation (EO).

The next large scale event will take place between 26 – 27 October 2017, when ROSA, together with the European Space Agency (ESA) and with the support of the European Commission, will organise the “EU Space Programmes and Applications: Impact on Eastern Europe Society” conference. Held since 2012, as the Copernicus conference and now extended to include other major European programmes, the event has become an annual reference event for the EO community in Eastern Europe. The conference informs the users and the service providers in this part of the world about benefits and business opportunities, while promoting sustainable Earth Observation in Romania and in the region. More information about the conference are available here.

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) is also a founding member of the Copernicus Academy, a European Commission initiative, part of the Copernicus User Uptake activities

Image credit: EOX IT Services GmbH, ESA (contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2016 & 2017)