[MUSCATE News] Production stalled

Sorry for those of you waiting for our real time products, MUSCATE production is stalled these days. The teams are working hard to put it back in production.

Désolé pour ceux d'entre vous qui attendent nos produits. La production de MUSCATE est arrêtée. Les équipes travaillent d'arrache pied pour la remettre en route.

[MUSCATE News] A difficult start of 2018 for our production center

As you have probably noticed, our production rate has been very low these days and we are more than 10 days late in our delivery of L2A and snow cover products.

This seems to be due to an intervention on CNES cluster end of December to add new nodes and disk space. MUSCATE sometimes loses communication with the platform that handles the databases and crashes. As it also happened when CNES was closed for Christmas, we really lost a lot of time.  All the teams are on the deck to try to solve this issue and catch the delay up. We are very sorry for that inconvenience.

 

Revised spectral bands for Sentinel-2A

The Sentinel-2 mission status document, edited by ESA, is a very interesting reading. On its last edition of 2017, ESA announced very discretely that the spectral bands of Sentinel-2 had been revised, following a review of the pre-flight measurements. Very few details are provided on the nature of the error contained in the previous version, and on the validation of the new ones. But still, a new version of the spectral response function is available here,, since the 19th of December 2017. The site provides an excel file with the spectral response functions.

All the visible and near infrared bands have changed a little, even if only three bands have significant changes, B1, B2 and B8: B2 equivalent wavelength changes by 4 nm, B1 by 1 nm, and B8 by 2 nm. The SWIR bands did not change.

Old and new versions of five VNIR S2A spectral bands, together with that of S2B.

Most users should not use bands B1 and B2, as they are affected by atmospheric effects. So I do not think much of you will have to change the coefficients in your methods. But for us, who take charge of the atmospheric correction, and heavily rely on B1 and B2, it probably has an effect, and we are changing our look-up tables to account for that. Stay tuned for the results.

Best wishes for 2018 !

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May this new year bring you happiness, and not only related to image time series !

 

As usual, this beginning of year brings the opportunity to summarize 2017. Here is what I would record, in our field of interest :

  • the consecration of Copernicus program and of the Sentinel satellites. Since 2015, more than 110,000 people have registered to access the data since 2015! In my opinion, this success is due to the combination of several factors: the data are free and easy to access, the observations are repetitive, regular and frequent worldwide, and the data are of high quality. Congratulations to ESA and the EU, not to mention the contribution of CNES for the quality of Sentinel-2 images and the calibration of Sentinel-3. Continue reading

Tous nos voeux pour 2018 !

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Que cette nouvelle année vous apporte joie et bonheur, et pas seulement dans l'utilisation de séries temporelles !

 

Sans aucune originalité, ce début d'année est l'occasion de faire un petit bilan de l'année 2017. Voici, dans notre domaine, quelques uns des faits que je retiendrai :

  • la consécration du programme Copernicus, et des satellites Sentinel. Plus de 110 000 personnes se sont inscrites pour accéder aux données depuis 2015 !  A mon avis, ce succès est dû à la combinaison de plusieurs facteurs : les données sont gratuites et faciles d’accès, les observations sont répétitives, régulières et fréquentes sur le monde entier, et les données sont de grande qualité. Un grand bravo à l'ESA et à l'UE, sans oublier la contribution du CNES pour la qualité des images de Sentinel-2 et l'étalonnage de Sentinel-3. Continue reading

Our blog's audience in 2018

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A sixth year begins for the "Séries temporelles" blog, and as usual, it is an opportunity to review its audience, and to get a little self-satisfaction.

The blog is always receiving more visits. even if the annual growth rate is much lower than the previous years, but still 20%... French visitors constitute only 35% of visits. The United States rank second, followed by Morocco, which is probably an effect of CESBIO's long presence in Marrakesh. Then come France neighbouring countries.

 

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Number of visits 13985 22928 34723 47773 57692
Number of viewed pages 30922 46940 66947 89555 105846

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Fréquentation du blog en 2017

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Une sixième année commence pour le blog Séries Temporelles, et comme d'habitude, c'est l'occasion de revenir sur sa fréquentation, et de faire un peu d'autosatisfaction.

 

Le blog reçoit toujours plus de visites. même si la croissance devient inférieure à 20%..en un an. Les visiteurs Français ne constituent plus que 35% des visites. Les Etats-Unis viennent en second, suivis par le Maroc, ce qui est probablement un effet de la longue implantation du CESBIO à Marrakech.

2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Nombre de visites 13985 22928 34723 47773 57692
Nombre de pages lues 30922 46940 66947 89555 105846

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Data upload on MUSCATE distribution server is slow

It seems that the upload of data to MUSCATE distribution server is quite slow these days. This results in a delay in the provision of data. As CNES is closed between Christmas and the new year, we will have to wait a little to have it repaired. We are sorry for that inconvenience. But you can use this opportunity to rest and spend time with your families without having to process our scenes :) . We wish you all a happy Christmas week.

Il semble que la mise à jour du serveur de distribution de MUSCATE très lente depuis quelques jours,c e qui cause d'importants retards de distribution. Comme le CNES est fermé entre Noel et le jour de l'an, nous devrons attendre pour réparer ce problème. Nous vous prions e nous en excuser. Mais vous pouvez en profiter pour passer des vacances en famille sans avoir à traiter nos données ;) . Passez tous de bonnes fêtes !

MAJA Sentinel-2 L2A processor downloaded more than 200 times

Since spring 2017, we have made the MAJA cloud screening and atmospheric correction processor available for commercial use. A bit later, end of June, the Sen2agri software package, which includes MAJA older version (named MACCS) , was also released to the public. We did not expect a large success, as these two packages are quite heavy ones, do not work on laptops, and require a specific linux system powerful computers (Red Hat or CentOS).

Anyway, the MAJA processor has had quite a large success, even if, I guess, it is far from the success of Sen2cor, which is much easier to install and use, even if the performances are not the same. The figures below correspond nearly to one download per day.

 

Number of downloads of MAJA (stand alone version) 93
Number of downloads of MACCS (Sen2Agri version)i 116

 

To celebrate this fact, we just published a brand new MAJA detailed description.

A brand new MAJA ATBD

I have always wanted to provide an Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document related to MAJA, but never had time, because I always had more urgent things to do. Some papers had been published, allowing MAJA users to get a good idea or the methods we use, but the published articles did not cover all the features of MAJA.

 

But this time, due to a contractual engagement with ESA, it was the urgent thing to do. So, at last, after a few weeks of hard work, here it is.

 

If you have already read the papers from our team, you will recognize some text published quite a long time ago, but we updated all the text and added some parts which had not been explained yet in journal publications, and of course the new parts recently added to MAJA. This ATBD is now in line with version 2.0 of MAJA.