Journée d'information sur la mission Venµs au CESBIO

Le satellite Venµs va être lancé cet été, si, si, vraiment ! Cette mission Franco-Israélienne observera tous les deux jours une centaine de sites pendant 30 mois, pour une résolution de 10m dans 12 bandes spectrales. En combinant ses données avec celles de Sentinel-2, nous pourrons même nous approcher d'une observation quotidienne, avec, entre autres, la possibilité d'étudier de près la phénologie des cultures et des surfaces naturelles.


Nous vous convions à une réunion d'information :

Lundi 12 juin (2017), de 10h00 à 17h00, salle de conférence du CESBIO :  13 avenue du Colonel Roche, à Toulouse

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OTB news : version 6.0 and User days : 7-9 June, Toulouse

OTB version 6_0 is out ! It includes many improvements (including an unsupervised machine learning framework), and adopts a new, more permissive licence : Apache v2.0

My colleagues in charge of the Orfeo Toolbox Development (OTB) are organizing the annual user

meeting in Toulouse town center : June 7-9 2017. Here is the program :

  • Day 1: Plenary session (general presentations from the OTB Team and the users)
  • Day 2: Technical session (tutorial, work groups)
  • Day 3: Hackfest (adopt an OTB developer, code a amazing feature, fix a bug)

If interested, please have a look to the the webpage and register.

MUSCATE news : release of Madagascar Sentinel-2 L2A data

After a good period with very little production incidents, our Muscate facility has had a tough period, which almost halted the production for one week. Until last week, the Muscate ground segment was running on CNES older cluster, and was just using the new cluster's bay of disks to store the input and output data. The access to the bay was made through the network and slowed the processing. Last week, we moved Muscate to the new cluster, and also moved physically one of the computers we are using : this brought us a few surprises that took more time than expected.


Muscate is now running on the new cluster : it has its own reserved computing nodes, and a dedicated facility for the scheduler. The result is that the processing of a L2A product with MAJA now only takes 23 minutes on average, while it used to be 50 minutes before. All the teams who did that migration, handling the development of Muscate, its exploitation, or the cluster facility, deserve acknowledgement !

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Issue with Firefox 53 on Theia distribution server

We recently figured out that the Theia distribution server is not fully compatible with the most recent version of Firefox (V53), and that the authentication fails, preventing from downloading products with that version. The teams are working to solve this, but meanwhile, please wait before updating your firefox browser.

Nous nous sommes récemment aperçus que le serveur de distribution Theia n'est pas compatible avec la nouvelle version de Firefox. L'authentification plante, et il n'est donc pas possible de télécharger les données avec cette version. Les équipes techniques cherchent à résoudre ce problème, mais en attendant que le problème soit résolu, ne mettez pas à jour votre navigateur !


Sentinel-2 adds colors to the 2017 super bloom in California

Texas had the super bowl in 2017 but California got the super bloom!


After its worst drought in 1,200 years, California is now experiencing one its wettest year. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is currently one of the biggest ever recorded. In February, severe winter rainfalls caused the evacuation of many California residents under the threat of the Oroville Dam failure.


Now, this unusual level of rainfall triggered the blossoming of flowers that were in a dormant state. The Washington Post collected some photographs and noted that it was so so massive that you can see it from space (images were provided by Planet, a California-based remote sensing company).


How does it look like in Sentinel-2 imagery? Below is the comparison between two Sentinel-2 images acquired in spring 2016 vs. spring 2017 near the Carrizo Plain National Monument (see by yourself in the sentinel-playground).


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