Soil moisture maps at a high resolution over Occitania region

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Translated from Theia website.

The Theia forges just released a new product based on Sentinel-1 and 2 data. Le "High resolution soil moisture" Scientific Expertise Center, driven by Nicolas Baghdadi, from Tetis lab in Montpellier and Mehrez Zribi from CESBIO, distributes Soil Moisture maps from the French Occitania region at 20 m resolution, produced every sixth day from September 2016 to May 2017.

Soil Moisture maps for 2 Sentinel-1 images from the 19th and 26th of January 2017, over a part of Occitania région. On the 19th of January, the soil is dry with a moisture between 5 and 15 vol.%. After some precipitations, on the 26th of January 2017, moisture increases between 25 and 35 vol.%.

Des cartes d’humidité du sol à haute résolution en Occitanie

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Article rédigé à partir des articles du site Theia.

Les forges de Theia viennent de mettre à disposition un nouveau produit basé sur les données Sentinel 1 et 2. Le CES “Humidité du sol à très haute résolution spatiale”, animé par Nicolas Baghdadi, du laboratoire Tetis à Montpellier et Mehrez Zribi du CESBIO, propose des cartes d’humidité du sol sur la région Occitanie à l’échelle sub-parcellaire élaborées tous les 6 jours de septembre 2016 à mai 2017.

Cartes d’humidité des sols pour deux images Sentinel-1 du 19 et du 26 janvier 2017 sur une petite zone de la région Occitanie. La carte du 19 janvier 2017 montre que le sol est sec avec des valeurs d’humidité entre 5 et 15 vol.%. La carte du 26 janvier 2017, après des précipitations, montre des humidités entre 25 et 35 vol.%.

[MUSCATE news] 40 000 Sentinel-2 L2A products !


Our MUSCATE ground segment just passed a new milestone, with 40 000 L2A products processed with MAJA ! Last week was a bit difficult, with a new repetition of the Friday Night Bug (on Saturday morning this time), followed by a "NFS" issue on CNES computing center that blocked production during two days. We are sorry for those of you waiting for the data in near real time. The production has resumed last Friday. These days, our production includes the near real time production and the processing of data acquired in 2016 over Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Netherlands. Some parts are already available, Burgos in Spain for instance, the others should come soon.

 

 

The version 2.4 of MUSCATE is nearly ready, but a final bug, noticed during the qualification tests remains to be corrected. As soon as it is installed and checked, this version will bring several improvements :

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Deux gros glaçons quittent l'Antarctique

L'Antarctique sort à peine de sa torpeur hivernale que déjà deux évènements majeurs viennent de se produire sous l’œil de Sentinel-1.
 
Le 12 juillet dernier, une crevasse géante à fendu la barrière de glace Larsen C [1], mais il a fallu attendre que la banquise desserre son étau en septembre pour que l'iceberg A68 commence à dériver. Ce glaçon couvre une superficie de 5800 km² (les deux tiers de la Corse).
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MAJA presentation at the Recent Advances in Quantitative Remote Sensing symposium, fifth edition

I just came back from Valencia, where I attended the fifth edition of the  Recent Advances in Quantitative Remote Sensing Symposium. It is one of my favourites, thanks to an amazing team of organizers led by Jose Sobrino. It is a unique symposium, because it has only one session  where you can even see opticians listen to radarists, or passive microwaves experts share ideas with active microwave experts ! Every three years, it is a way to gather quickly a good sense of the advances in each domain of remote sensing, over lands mainly. Next RAQRS will happen in 2020 in Valencia, and no doubt I'll be there, and not only for the delicious coffee breaks or for the giant paella.

 

Of course, my talk, available here or visible below, was about Sentinel-2 L2A products, including cloud detection and atmospheric correction. This time, I focused on product validation and provided a lot of validation results obtained by our little team at CNES and CESBIO, with special thanks to Camille Desjardins (CNES) and Bastien Rouquié (CESBIO) and Magdalena Main-Knorn (DLR). I also provided a comparison of MAJA and Sen2cor for various criteria that all show the benefits of using multi-temporal information, as done in MAJA. Despite all that, and although these results were perfectly known by ESA, ESA decided to stick with Sen2cor in their production, supposed to be global next year. The slides explain how this decision was made.

 

Anyway, as you probably know, you can access MAJA products from Theia, or you may also download MAJA's executable (if you have a powerful linux computer).

 

 

 

 

Aftermath of Mathew hurricane over Haiti in 2016

Following Simon's publication on Saint Barthelemy island after Hurricane Irma, one of our twitter friends, @Pierre_Markuse, posted a comparison of the South Western part of Haiti, before and after Mathew huricane ravaged it last year, on the 4th of October 2016. As you can see, the whole lands turn brown just after the hurricane. I am really not an expert, so I just can imagine it is caused by the wind cutting branches and trunks and by water run-off taking the lower vegetation away.  I read that 40% or the  forest and 20% of the shrub has been erased. Moreover, the wind and water must have left mud and dust on the remaining leaves, contributing to the brown color.

 

However, what is amazing is that by end of November, vegetation comes back ! My guess is that mud and dust disappear, shrubs and trees start to grow new leaves and the low vegetation grows back  But experts are welcome to explain how it happens exactly, there is a comment section !

 

I have an additional special own interest in displaying this information :  it is a hard test for how our multi-temporal methods included in MAJA to detect clouds, shadows and aerosols can manage such a case. Continue reading

The Delta of the Ebro seen by Venμs

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The Delta of Ebro

Delta of the Ebro observed by Venμs on August 18, 2017 (Copyright CNES 2017)

The Ebro (Iberus in Latin) flows into the Mediterranean in Catalonia after a journey of more than 900 km from its source in Cantabria. The current morphology of the Delta results from the significant increase in sediment inputs caused in the 15th century by the intensive deforestation of the river catchment: the conquest of the Americas required the construction of boats. It was at this time that the land emerged over the sea, making the delta this wide plain of which only 10% of the land culminates at more than 2 meters. The construction since 1930 of 187 upstream dams reduces the sediment flow (from 28 Mt / year to about 0.1 Mt / year), which partly explains the erosion currently observed in some parts of the delta.

 

80% of the area of ​​the delta is devoted to crops, mostly rice producing one-third of the country's production. The rest, protected by the Natural Park, consists of lagoons, reed and rush beds,  brackish marshes and sandbanks.

 

The Delta de l'Ebre is included in one of the sites that will be observed by Venμs every two days for two and a half years. It is part of ClimaDat, a long-term climate research network. Different issues will be adressed: land use, phenology, greenhouse gas fluxes (CO2, CH4, N2O), vegetation productivity, role of saline inputs.

 

Complement: the evolution of the Ebro delta from the 4th century:

http://geographyfieldwork.com/EbroEvolution.htm

 

 

Le Delta de l'Ebre vu par Venµs

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Delta de l'Ebre

Delta de l'Ebre observé par Venµs le 18 août 2017 (Copyright CNES 2017)

L’Ebre (Iberus en latin) se jette dans la Méditerranée en Catalogne après un parcours de plus de 900 km depuis sa source en Cantabrie. La morphologie actuelle du Delta résulte de l'augmentation significative des apports de sédiments provoquée au XVe siècle par le déboisement intensif du bassin versant du fleuve : la conquête des Amériques nécessitait la construction de bateaux. C'est à cette époque que les terres émergées ont gagné sur la mer, faisant du delta cette large plaine dont seulement 10 % des terres culminent à plus de 2 mètres. La construction depuis 1930 de 187 barrages en amont réduit le flux de sédiments (de 28 Mt/an à 0,1 Mt/an environ), ce qui explique en partie l’érosion actuellement observée dans certaines parties du delta.

 

80 % de la superficie du delta sont consacrés aux cultures, en majorité de la riziculture qui produit le tiers de la production du pays. Le reste, protégé par le Parc naturel, est constitué de lagunes, roselières, jonchères, marais saumâtres et bancs de sable.

 

Le Delta de l’Ebre est inclus dans l’un des sites qui sera observé par Venµs tous les deux jours durant deux ans et demi. Il fait partie du réseau ClimaDat, un réseau de recherche à long terme sur le climat. Différents thèmes seront abordés : occupation du sol, phénologie, flux de gaz à effet de serre (CO2, CH4, N2O), productivité de la végétation, rôle des entrées salines.

 

Complément : l'évolution du delta de l'Ebre depuis le 4ème siècle :

http://geographyfieldwork.com/EbroEvolution.htm