We have been pondering an idea lately which I presented at an event called “Open Space for ICT” organized by the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) and hosted by the Austrian Computer Society (OCG) on 27th of November.
The idea is to provide online satellite maps generated from freely available Sentinel 2 data. Typically satellite maps are quite outdated in order to be free of clouds. We think that there are enough use cases in need of current maps, i.e. only using data not older than a month or even less, without the strict requirement of free of clouds.
Additionally we think that there is a certain need to provide a time series of satellite maps with a temporal resolution as low as possible. Monthly maps should definitely be feasible using Sentinel 2 data, maybe even a higher repetition. By monthly maps we mean maps generated from satellite images taken only in one particular ,month.
In summary Sentinel 2 Maps – S2Maps provides:
Maps as a Service
Click the image to view the online presentation.
Please leave a comment if you’re interested in S2Maps either as a user or key partner.
From June 4th to 5th 2014 the successful ngEO CDR V2 meeting took place in Toulouse. CDR stands for Critical Design Review and is meant to finalize the software design. I participated representing the so-called Browse Server for which EOX is responsible and prepared an online presentation to review and finalize its design. Feel free to contact me in case of any questions.
On May 15th 2014 I was invited to give a presentation about EOX capabilities developed around ngEO at EUMETSAT in Darmstadt. Please have a look at the presentation. Feel free to contact me or my colleagues at EOX if any of the slides raised your interest.
The FOSSGIS 2014, the German speaking OSGeo conference, took place this week from March 19th to 21st. It was a great conference with lots of interesting talks, chats, ideas, etc. I’ll have to digest once back home. I took the occasion to finally sign EOX up as an official member of the FOSSGIS e.V. Thanks for the warm welcome although I didn’t expect the annual meeting to last over three hours. At least the beer supply didn’t stop and the wireless was good enough to watch football 😉
On the last day in the morning I had the opportunity to present some highlights of our work. In my selected talk titled “Maps for ESA” I introduced our brand-new EOX::Maps product as well as the ESA project ngEO.
Did you ever get upset on your search for satellite- or earth observation data like I always do? I really don’t want to provide tons of search parameters before eventually getting a first glimpse on the actual data. ngEO is the system to change this for ESA data, hopefully. Why not immediately show the available data on top of a map? The map and a timeslider support the search for suitable data best. For more details see my slides and watch the video.
Many thanks to the organizing team, you did an awesome job! Special thanks to the video team making it possible for remote audience to listen to the presentations. Less than two hours after my talk the recording was already available online, simply amazing.