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lecture: Processing Copernicus Sentinel data with GRASS GIS

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Copernicus ( is an European Earth observation programme headed by the European Commission in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA). It consists of different systems for data acquisition, combining remote sensing and on-site measurements. Copernicus addresses several thematic areas including land, marine, atmosphere, climate change, emergency management, and security.

The core of the Copernicus programme are a series of new satellites called Sentinels. In total six different types will be operating in space by 2025 which differ in channels, sensors and resolution. They include a Radar mission (Sentinel-1 series), a High Resolution Optical Multispectral mission (Sentinel-2 series), and Medium Resolution Imaging and Altimetry mission (Sentinel-3 series) among others. Most interestingly, all data including the raw data are open access data, hence freely available.

In our presentation we show first results of Sentinel-2 data analysis. A first short time series is meanwhile available. We will show the integration of Sentinel products in a open source GIS software framework (especially GDAL, GRASS GIS). We will illustrate the data handling since the Sentinel-2 data exceed commonly known dataset sizes due to its high temporal resolution. Furthermore, we will show data analysis examples and practical use cases.

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